By Matt Rees
Italy, 1605: For the ruling Borghese family members, Rome is a spot of grand palazzos and frescoed cathedrals. For the lowly artist Caravaggio, it's a position of tough bars, knife fights, and grubby whores. until eventually he's commissioned to color the Pope...
Soon, Caravaggio has won access into the Borgia family's internal circle, and turns into the main celebrated artist in Rome. but if he falls for Lena, a low-born fruit-seller, and paints her into his Madonna sequence as an easy peasant lady, Italian society is outraged. Discredited as an artist, yet unwilling to retract his imaginative and prescient of the lady he loves, Caravaggio is compelled right into a duel - and murders a nobleman.
Even his robust buyers can't shield him from a loss of life sentence. So Caravaggio flees to Malta, the place, ahead of he might be pardoned, he needs to endure the rigorous education of the Knights of Malta. His work proceed to talk of his love for Lena. yet sooner than he can go back to her, as a Knight and a noble,...
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A Name in Blood by Matt Rees