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Venice, 1576. Five years after the defeat of the Ottoman Empire at the Battle of Lepanto, a ship steals unnoticed into Venice bearing a deadly cargo. A man, more dead than alive, disembarks and staggers into Piazza San Marco. He brings a gift to Venice from Constantinople. Within days the city is infected with bubonic plague—and the Turkish sultan has his revenge.

But the ship also holds a secret stowaway—Feyra, a young and beautiful harem doctor fleeing a future as the sultan’s concubine. Only her wits and medical knowledge keep her alive as the plague ravages Venice.

In despair, the doge commissions the architect Andrea Palladio to build the greatest church of his career—an offering to God so magnificent that Venice will be saved. But Palladio’s life is in danger too, and it will require all the skills of Annibale Cason, the city’s finest plague doctor, to keep him alive. What Cason had not counted on was meeting Feyra, who is now under Palladio’s protection—an impossible woman whose medical skills and determination are matched only by his own.

From Marina Fiorato, author of the acclaimed historical novel The Glassblower of Murano, comes a triumphant return to historical Venice with The Venetian Bargain.

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  • “Fiorato’s passion for the Italian Renaissance, and Venice in particular, shines in her latest imaginative and colorful tale. The historical details…merge with a cross-cultural love story that is touching and relevant to today’s reader.”

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  • “Venice in 1576 is the captivating yet deadly setting for this beautifully written, intriguing foray into the lives of two very different doctors battling the same enemy while trying to find their footing on personal ground…Captivating language, intricate details, and a very dramatic story line combine to entice anyone interested in historical fiction and timeless tales.”


  • “Fiorato nimbly weaves cultural, religious, architectural, and medical histories into this captivating romance.”

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About the Author
Author Marina Fiorato

Marina Fiorato is half-Venetian and a history graduate of Oxford and the University of Venice, where she specialized in the study of Shakespeare’s plays as a historical source. After college she studied art and has since worked as an illustrator, actress, and film reviewer. She also designed tour visuals for rock bands, including U2 and the Rolling Stones. She was married on the Grand Canal in Venice and lives in London with her husband, son, and daughter.