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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (930 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Robin Maxwell Narrator: Bernadette Dunne Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Caterina was fifteen years old when she fell in love with a man much above her station. The daughter of a humble village apothecary, she was considered unmarriageable by her lover’s wealthy and ambitious family. She had no recourse when they took her child away from her, leaving her bereft and rejected by society as a “fallen woman.”

But Caterina had always hidden a part of herself from society. Unlike most women of that time, she had been educated since childhood—not only in her father’s medicinal arts, but in Greek philosophy and pagan mysticism, considered heretical by the church.

Now, to be close to her son, she would carry that deceit further than she had ever imagined, taking up a new life under a dangerous new identity. In Florence at the height of Italy’s cultural Renaissance, Caterina would discover undreamed-of opportunities and freedoms—and her gifted son, Leonardo, would change the world forever.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Maxwell re-creates Renaissance Italy in splendid detail…the setting and known events of the artist’s life are meticulously rendered.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Lush and lusty, fascinating and smart, this fictionalized biography is a stroke of genius crafted by a gifted historian.”

    Romantic Times

  • “A glorious novel of Leonardo da Vinci and his courageous, passionate mother.”

    Sandra Worth, author of The King’s Daughter

  • “[An] exquisite gem of a novel…Signora da Vinci is a tour de force celebration of one woman’s unquenchable ardor for knowledge and of a secret world that historical fiction readers rarely see.”

    C. W. Gortner, author of The Last Queen

  • Signora da Vinci is without a doubt the best historical fiction I have read all year…remarkable…Maxwell takes us back to the turbulent times of the Italian Renaissance to give us a beautifully rendered and captivating portrait of Leonardo da Vinci’s mother…A masterful blend of fact and fiction, Signora da Vinci mesmerizes.”

    Michelle Moran, author of Nefertiti and The Heretic Queen

  • “Thanks to Maxwell, we get a superbly imagined portrait of a woman living in turbulent times who boldy behaved as few dared…[A] sparkling epic…the novel continually delights with intriguing details.”

    Vicki León, author of Uppity Women of the Renaissance

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Sherrey | 2/20/2014

    " Because I'm inclined to be reading two or more books at one time, it took me a while to read Signora Da Vinci as it has been my bedside read. This author has taken what little is known about Leonardo da Vinci's mother and then woven an enchanting and intense story of history, art, romance, and intrigue. If you like historical novels, this is for you. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Ivory | 2/12/2014

    " I really thought this book was well written and interesting, however I was horribly disappointed at the end to find out there was no basis for the story. I know that historical fiction can take whatever path the author chooses, but to find out that there was nothing in history that even hinted at the relationships that were developed was very disappointing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Patricia Ralston | 2/8/2014

    " Engaging and thought provoking. I am always a little disturbed by the attempt to blend real history with fiction, and this affected me predictably. That said, it's well researched and for anyone with an Art History background, a good story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Corinne | 2/7/2014

    " Very well written and well executed. Maxwell wrote about the period and da Vinci so vividly that now I want to read more about the Medici family as well as Leonardo da Vinci himself. "

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