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The Birth of Venus - A Novel-logo

The Birth of Venus - A Novel

Sarah Dunant

Alessandra Cecchi is not quite fifteen when her father, a prosperous cloth merchant, brings a young painter back from northern Europe to decorate the chapel walls in the family's Florentine palazzo. A child of the Renaissance, with a precocious mind and a talent for drawing, Alessandra is intoxicated by the painter's abilities. But their burgeoning relationship is interrupted when Alessandra's parents arrange her marriage to a wealthy, much older man. Meanwhile, Florence is changing, increasingly subject to the growing suppression imposed by the fundamentalist monk Savonarola, who is seizing religious and political control. Alessandra and her native city are caught between the Medici state, with its love of luxury, learning, and dazzling art, and the hellfire preaching and increasing violence of Savonarola's reactionary followers. Played out against this turbulent backdrop, Alessandra's married life is a misery, except for the surprising freedom it allows her to pursue her powerful attraction to the young painter and his art. The Birth of Venus is a tour de force, the first historical novel from one of Britain's most innovative writers of literary suspense. It brings alive the history of Florence at its most dramatic period, telling a compulsively absorbing story of love, art, religion, and power through the passionate voice of Alessandra, a heroine with the same vibrancy of spirit as her beloved city. From the Hardcover edition.

Alessandra Cecchi is not quite fifteen when her father, a prosperous cloth merchant, brings a young painter back from northern Europe to decorate the chapel walls in the family's Florentine palazzo. A child of the Renaissance, with a precocious mind and a talent for drawing, Alessandra is intoxicated by the painter's abilities. But their burgeoning relationship is interrupted when Alessandra's parents arrange her marriage to a wealthy, much older man. Meanwhile, Florence is changing, increasingly subject to the growing suppression imposed by the fundamentalist monk Savonarola, who is seizing religious and political control. Alessandra and her native city are caught between the Medici state, with its love of luxury, learning, and dazzling art, and the hellfire preaching and increasing violence of Savonarola's reactionary followers. Played out against this turbulent backdrop, Alessandra's married life is a misery, except for the surprising freedom it allows her to pursue her powerful attraction to the young painter and his art. The Birth of Venus is a tour de force, the first historical novel from one of Britain's most innovative writers of literary suspense. It brings alive the history of Florence at its most dramatic period, telling a compulsively absorbing story of love, art, religion, and power through the passionate voice of Alessandra, a heroine with the same vibrancy of spirit as her beloved city. From the Hardcover edition.
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Alessandra Cecchi is not quite fifteen when her father, a prosperous cloth merchant, brings a young painter back from northern Europe to decorate the chapel walls in the family's Florentine palazzo. A child of the Renaissance, with a precocious mind and a talent for drawing, Alessandra is intoxicated by the painter's abilities. But their burgeoning relationship is interrupted when Alessandra's parents arrange her marriage to a wealthy, much older man. Meanwhile, Florence is changing, increasingly subject to the growing suppression imposed by the fundamentalist monk Savonarola, who is seizing religious and political control. Alessandra and her native city are caught between the Medici state, with its love of luxury, learning, and dazzling art, and the hellfire preaching and increasing violence of Savonarola's reactionary followers. Played out against this turbulent backdrop, Alessandra's married life is a misery, except for the surprising freedom it allows her to pursue her powerful attraction to the young painter and his art. The Birth of Venus is a tour de force, the first historical novel from one of Britain's most innovative writers of literary suspense. It brings alive the history of Florence at its most dramatic period, telling a compulsively absorbing story of love, art, religion, and power through the passionate voice of Alessandra, a heroine with the same vibrancy of spirit as her beloved city. From the Hardcover edition.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Jenny Sterlin

Length:

6h 13m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

05:53


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

07:09


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

07:34


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

06:19


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

06:41


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

06:58


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

06:12


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

06:40


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

07:28


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

06:16


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

04:48


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

06:41


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

07:29


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

06:51


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

04:53


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

06:37


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

07:16


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

06:24


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

08:00


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

06:35


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

07:47


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

06:07


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

06:26


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

07:01


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

05:48


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

07:38


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

07:47


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

06:40


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

06:45


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

05:30


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

06:17


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

06:32


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

08:17


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

06:59


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

05:34


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

06:39


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

06:21


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

08:14


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

06:29


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

06:52


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

05:15


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

05:41


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

06:11


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

06:15


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

05:25


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

07:23


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

06:45


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

07:06


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

06:04


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

04:43


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

06:09


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

07:42


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

06:33


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

05:34


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

05:39


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

05:56


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

06:20