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the Palace of Wisdom

Marshall-andrews, Bob

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ISBN 10: 0525248102 / ISBN 13: 9780525248101
Published by Dutton, N. Y., 1989
Used Condition: Very Good Hardcover
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X-Library with usual library distinctions.The hard cover and the jacket has light shelf wear . Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Bookseller Inventory # NO 09441

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Title: the Palace of Wisdom

Publisher: Dutton, N. Y.

Publication Date: 1989

Binding: Hard Cover

Illustrator: Cover Art

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good

Edition: 1st U. S..

Book Type: Hard Back

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A stooge for the Inquisition in seventeenth-century Florence, Grand Duke Cosimo embarks on his relentless persecution of all knowledge and art, while conspirators work to protect great Renaissance works from destruction

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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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