This work was set in Italy, June 1300. In a disused church on the outskirts of Florence, the master craftsman, Ambrogio, is found murdered at the foot of an unfinished mosaic. A young Dante Alighieri, (future author of The Divine Comedy ) the recently elected Prior to the City of Florence, is called upon to investigate. He discovers that the church is being transformed into a university at the behest of the new Pope, Bonifacius VIII. Closer inspection reveals catacombs beneath the floor, populated with beggars and thieves, who speak of witchcraft and satanic rituals practised above. Meanwhile, the Church, on learning of Dante's involvement, begins to show an unusual interest in Ambrogio's fate. But Dante has one further lead; Ambrogio belonged to a society of learned men, The Third Heaven. Dante learns they are in Florence for the founding of the new university, and believes that if he can infiltrate this group he may learn the significance of Ambrogio's work. Perhaps the key to the murder is the mosaic itself. Leoni sets this clever thriller in a city on edge, nervously recovering from civil war. Medieval Florence is portrayed with stunning clarity; a city on the cusp of the Renaissance, in which new learning - in the guise of Dante - takes on the dark forces of old. The Third Heaven Conspiracy is a breathtaking whodunnit.
Full Product DetailsAuthor: Giulio Leoni , Anne Milano Appel
Dimensions: Width: 11.20cm , Height: 2.20cm , Length: 17.90cm
ISBN 10: 0099492768
Publication Date: 30 August 2007
Publisher's Status: Active
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(Leoni) succeeds in building a story one can hardly put down and in recreating a perfect picture of Dante's times -- Niccolo Ammaniti, Author Of I'm Not Scared Audacious...vividly realised medieval world...effortlessly immerses the reader in a fascinatingly alien world...an ornate and vibrant literary pleasure Independent A thickly atmospheric historical thriller Metro A suitably speedy plot with all the twists required...an entertaining and quick-witted caper Times Literary Supplement An ingenius and atmospheric historical mystery Good Book Guide
Giulio Leoni is a professor of Italian literature and history. He lives in Rome with his family.
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