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The Palace of Wisdom

Bob Marshall-Andrews

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ISBN 10: 0241126029 / ISBN 13: 9780241126028
Published by Hamish Hamilton Ltd, London, 1989
Used Condition: Very Good Hardcover
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309pp. VG/G+. Maroon coloured cloth with gilt lettering on spine. No inscriptions. Slight rubbing to tail of spine. Faint browning to page edges. Unclipped dust jacket with shelf wear to top of spine. Pink coloured b/g with black lettering. Tape repair to inside of torn front flap at hinge. Worn dj corners. First novel for author who went on to become a Member of Parliament. Bookseller Inventory # 003219

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Title: The Palace of Wisdom

Publisher: Hamish Hamilton Ltd, London

Publication Date: 1989

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Good +

Edition: 1st Edition

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This is a historical novel set in 17th century Florence against a background of a decadent ruling family, an intolerant church, and a fight for the survival of knowledge.

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Set in 17th-century Florence, this impressive debut from a British writer illuminates a dark time in Italian history: the years of intellectual and religious repression under the rule of Cosimo III. Now in his eighth decade, lexicographer Frederico Credi looks back on the events of his youth, when he came under the wing of hunch- backed scholar Antonio Magliabechi, who was involved in a plot to save the Medici library from destruction by the Jesuits. The novel depicts the Inquisition's relentless persecution of heretics and scholars ("after the Jews they will come for the books") and the corruption of political power that produced poverty, starvation and random lawlessness in Tuscany. His voice irreverent and witty, Fredo narrates the events whereby vicious Pasto Bomboni acquires power in the notorious secret police, the Salti, and becomes the nemesis of the artists and scientists who are conspiring to preserve the wisdom of the ages from the Inquisition's depredations. Richly detailed, the narrative builds suspense slowly, meanwhile introducing an array of vivid characters, including a giant and a dwarf, an apostate Irish monk and a flamboyant actress. A marvelously evocative picture of post-Renaissance Florence, city of matchless art and architecture and squalid, garbage-filled streets, the book holds up a mirror to intolerance and bigotry, reminding us how easy it is for a civilized society to sink into corruption. Major ad/promo.
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