Recommended Reading: Italian Historical Fiction

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Recommended Reading is a Saturday meme created by Bonnie at For the Love of Words.

To feel Florence and Venice come alive:
The Most Beautiful Woman in Florence: A Story of Botticelli by Alyssa Palombo
The Violinist of Venice: A Story of Vivaldi by Alyssa Palombo

For strong characters, convoluted political arcs, gladiators:
Mistress of Rome by Kate Quinn (The Empress of Rome #1)
Daughters of Rome by Kate Quinn (The Empress of Rome #2)
Empress of the Seven Hills by Kate Quinn (The Empress of Rome #3)
Lady of the Eternal City by Kate Quinn (The Empress of Rome #4)

To witness plague in Venice and the last Medici:
The Venetian Bargain by Marina Fiorato
The Daughter of Siena by Marina Fiorato

To cover Rome's growth from trading post to a sprawling Empire:
Roma by Steven Saylor - from a trading post 700 B.C. to Augustus' victory
Empire by Steven Saylor - from the twilight of Augustus through the reign of Hadrian

To see the female side to the beginning of the Roman Empire:
I Am Livia by Phyllis T. Smith
Daughters of Palatine Hill by Phyllis T. Smith

A world where Rome endured as an Italian-based empire:
Roma Eterna by Robert Silverberg

Bonus nonfiction round:

SPQR: A History of Ancient Rome by Mary Beard

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