An epic adventure, full of intrigue, murder and betrayal, set in Leonardo Da Vinci's Italy.
Romagna, Italy 1502.
Fleeing from the murderous brigand Sandino, Matteo – a young boy – is saved from drowning by the companions of Leonardo da Vinci. From this moment on, Matteo is at the Maestro's side as he carries out his work, which ranges from the painting of magnificent frescos to intricate dissection of the human body.
But Leonardo is employed by Cesare Borgia, head of one of Italy's leading families. Cruel and ruthless, the Borgia punishes without mercy those who oppose him or who threaten him in any way. And as Da Vinci and Matteo travel across Italy on the Borgia's business, murder, deceit and revenge follow in their trail.
For Matteo carries with him a secret – a secret that both the Borgia and Medici families would kill to obtain. A life-changing secret that must, finally, come to light for all to see...
A gloriously rich and authentic story of the Renaissance, THE MEDICI SEAL is also both the personal story of Matteo, a boy becoming a man, and a fascinating glimpse into the world of Da Vinci.
“Another very satsifying book from an accomplished novelist.”
“Four out of five stars”
The Italian Magazine
“A swiftly paced and richly constructed tale”
Waterstone's Books Quarterly
“This is such an excellent book”
“The excitment never flags in this gloriously meaty book”
“An epic adventure, full of intrigue, murder, revenge and betrayel set in Leonardo da Vinci's Italy.”
“[The Medici Seal] is a brilliantly written story about a gypsy boy taken in by Leonardo, rich in its detail and epic in its sweep.”
Tom Gatti, The Times
“The story of such a young boy is almost heartbreaking. I would offer this to all my friends”
Post Plus, Scottish Sunday Post
“This is a richly drawn and fascinating look at 16th-century Italy.”