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A Thing Done
     

A Thing Done

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by Tinney Heath
 

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In 1216 the noble families of Florence hold great power, but they do not share it easily. Tensions simmer just below the surface. When a Jester's prank-for-hire sets off a brawl, those tensions erupt violently, dividing Florence into hostile factions. A marriage is brokered to make peace, but that fragile alliance crumbles under the pressure of a woman's interference,

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In 1216 the noble families of Florence hold great power, but they do not share it easily. Tensions simmer just below the surface. When a Jester's prank-for-hire sets off a brawl, those tensions erupt violently, dividing Florence into hostile factions. A marriage is brokered to make peace, but that fragile alliance crumbles under the pressure of a woman's interference, a scorned bride, and an outraged cry for revenge. At the center of the conflict is Corrado, the Jester, whose prank began it and who is now pressed into unwilling service by both sides. It will take all his wit and ingenuity to keep himself alive, to protect those dear to him, and to prevent the unbridled ambitions of the nobles from destroying the city in a brutal civil war.

Product Details

BN ID:
2940015899221
Publisher:
Fireship Press
Publication date:
10/30/2012
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
2 MB

Meet the Author

Tinney Sue Heath has loved music and history all her life. Born near Chicago, she started college in Boston at the New England Conservatory with the intention of becoming a professional flutist, but after a rather abrupt change of direction she wound up with a degree in journalism from Antioch College. She worked as a staff reporter for the Chronicle of Higher Education and later provided editorial assistance to University of Wisconsin-based editors of two professional journals.

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A Thing Done 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Sophia_d More than 1 year ago
Tinney Sue Heath's A Thing Done is a precisely researched novel of medieval Italy which incorporates minute details to add to a dazzling setting of intrigue, drama, and fast-paced plotting. Heath's writing is so engaging that I was able to easily visualize the setting, the characters, and the plot; from cover to cover, not a page went by which didn't thoroughly capture my attention. I look forward to reading more from this gem of an author.
Mirella More than 1 year ago
A Thing Done is a fictionalized accounting of the broken betrothal that sparked the long-standing war between the Ghibelline and Guelphs families of medieval Florence. At the heart of the story is a court jester who is intimidated into performing a prank at a celebration. The prank sets off a vendetta which is appeased by a betrothal between two families. However, the betrothal is broken and murder becomes the only way to settle the vendetta.  Author Tinney Heath has really created a compelling story – one that gripped me and captured my interest from the opening lines of the book to the very end. Of course, I love any novel with an Italian setting and this book definitely does not disappoint. Strong writing, rich details, and undeniably compelling characters made this book truly stand out. I loved the hero and the way he was unavoidably drawn into the vendetta. I loved how the author weaved fiction with fact to make a fabulous story. I highly recommend this book! 
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Judith_Starkston More than 1 year ago
Do you love the internecine, flamboyant world of Dante’s Florence? Knightly honor manipulated by a deadly woman sound like a great starting place for a plot? Then you’ll enjoy Tinney Sue Heath’s A Thing Done.  She’s narrated her tale of family feuding, jealousy and betrayal through the eyes of Corrado, a Jester-for-hire. He’s an outsider to the political machinations and maneuvering of the nobility. In fact, his personal history, as the reader finds out, makes him want to avoid the “people with surnames.” But that doesn’t stop the arrogant knights from forcing him into their service and gradually winding him into complicity with their schemes.  Heath’s choice of narrator allows us to see both sides of 13th century Florence, the rich and the poor. Corrado lives in a lively neighborhood of people on the edge of survival, sharing a house with his friend Neri and Ghisola, the woman Neri loves but isn’t married to. They work as itinerant performers, jugglers, musicians, and tumblers, providing entertainment for those who can pay. Heath portrays the details of the local tavern with its sour wine and games of wager played for raisins, the meager foods Ghisola prepares with great skill, the role of the church, and the street celebrations with communal cooking and revelry. You’ll also hear about the clothes and feasts of the nobility, but I enjoyed hearing about the less commonly told side.   A Thing Done is the story of a good man struggling with guilt for actions he participates in that he knows are wrong. The first steps on this agonized path don’t appear to Corrado to be ones he can refuse. A nobleman tells you to do something, you do it—or so Corrado, and the world he lives in, assumes. But perhaps that social order, even at risk of life, should be challenged. It’s a dicey position for a lowly jester, and it keeps getting more complicated and dangerous as both sides of the conflict involve him further and the most powerful family sees the growing rift as an opportunity to seize the city’s governance. Heath has vividly captured the insidious effects on society when one class of people feels justified in unlimited use of their influence, power and money. While the context is distinctly Florentine and this is definitely a historical fiction lover’s novel, the theme strikes me as entirely applicable to contemporary America. You’ll enjoy the exciting plot twists and well-developed characters while at the same time having plenty to think about. 
Kim_Z_Rendfeld More than 1 year ago
“A Thing Done” will take the reader back to 13th-century Florence, when an annoying prank snowballs into a vendetta among Florence’s noble families. The narrator is the jester ordered to pull the prank, whom we today would describe as working class. The jester is a wry and unwilling observer caught up in the situation. The novel is based on historical events, and it is apparent the author has done her research down to the details of daily life. She provides us with real medieval characters and doesn’t shirk from the harshness of their lives. All the characters, even the ones the author invented, come across as real people and are three-dimensional. Highly recommended.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago