Maddalena (The Golden Tripolis Trilogy, Book 1)

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In the cradle of art and faith, a compelling drama of love and sacrifice. Rome, 1560s. In the midst of the Vatican'ss struggle for power, a powerful prelate is unable to conquer his passion for the beautiful daughter of a Jewish apothecary. So begins the epic love story of Cardinal Alessandro Farnese and Rebecca that costs the cardinal the papacy.

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IN THE CRADLE OF ART AND FAITH, A COMPELLING DRAMA OF LOVE AND SACRIFICE

A RENAISSANCE SCHOLAR TELLS THE TALE OF TITIAN’S ST. MARY MAGDALEN AS NEVER TOLD BEFORE

Rome, 1560s. In the midst of the Vatican’s struggle for power—weakened by corruption not unlike the scandals of today—a powerful prelate is unable to conquer his passion for the beautiful daughter of a Jewish apothecary. So begins the epic love story of Cardinal Alessandro Farnese and Rebecca, a love that eventually costs the cardinal the papacy.

Eva Jana Siroka paints a richly sensuous canvas of sixteenth-century Rome in which art, music, science, and religion come vividly alive in a story of power, passion, betrayal, and greed. Based on historical research, Maddalena invites the reader to see Michelangelo’s frescoes, hear Palestrina's music, and feel the religious fervor of Rome’s 1575 Jubilee year.

An illustrated novel that reproduces in color twenty-three stunning, original watercolors by the author, Maddalena engagingly immerses us in the heroine’s conversion to Christianity and dedication to Farnese, who is unable—unwilling—to spare his love from being burned at the stake during the horrifying excesses of the Inquisition.

A Renaissance art historian, Ms. Siroka has written a compelling and heartfelt novel that delves into the passions and follies of prelates and paupers alike, in the most exciting city in the world during one of its most tumultuous times.

About the Author:

European-born and educated in the United States, Eva Jana Siroka has also lived in Canada. An art historian and artist, she forged her interests at Hunter College and Princeton University. Maddalena, the author's first novel is based on years of research. A professional painter with works in private and public collections in North America and Europe, the author is working on Bartholomaeus, the second book of The Golden Tripolis trilogy, set in imperial Prague.

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