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City of Vengeance

City of Vengeance

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1536: A prominent Jewish moneylender is murdered in his home

  • ISBN: 978-1529038774
  • Genre: Historical

What you need to know before your trail

A prominent Jewish moneylender is murdered in his home, a death with wide implications in a city powered by immense wealth.

Cesare Aldo, a former soldier and now an officer of the Renaissance city’s most feared criminal court, is given four days to solve the murder: catch the killer before the feast of Epiphany – or suffer the consequences.

During his investigations Aldo uncovers a plot to overthrow the volatile ruler of Florence, Alessandro de’ Medici. If the Duke falls, it will endanger the whole city. But a rival officer of the court is determined to expose details about Aldo’s private life that could lead to his ruin. Can Aldo stop the conspiracy before anyone else dies, or will his own secrets destroy him first?

Travel Guide

Florence is the City of Vengeance

The novel is a work of fiction, but the story is based in part upon real incidents and people. Lorenzino de Medici did murder his cousin Alessandro, the Duke of Florence, through historians disagree whether it happened on Saturday, January 6th, of the night before,

Palazzo Medici

Cosimo de Medici moved the official ducal residence out of Palazzo Medici, within three years of his next election, and the building was sold to the Riccardo family during the seventeenth century.

Via Ramaglianti

The Jewish Community was relocated from via dei Guidei across the Arno to a ghetto near the centre of Florence in 1571, decades after the Jews in other Italian cities were forced into such enclosures.

Palazzo del Podesta

This became known a the Bargello in 1574 when the City’s Capitano di Giustizia was stationed there. It became a museum in 1865.

Le Stinche

The prison Le Stinche stood for 500 years in the eastern quarter of Florence, before being demolished in the nineteenth century. Teatro Verdi theatre now stands on that site.

BookTrail Boarding Pass: City of Vengeance

Destination/location: Renaissance Florence  Author/guide: D. V. Bishop Departure Time: 1536

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