Lucia's Renaissance: A Novel of 16th-century Italy

Lucia's Renaissance: A Novel of 16th-century Italy

by C.L.R. Peterson


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What would you do if the Inquisition spied on you, ready to pounce at any hint of heresy?

Would you choose your faith or your life?

Verona, 1576. Heresy is fatal in late Renaissance Italy, but Martin Luther’s book ignites a young girl’s faith. She must choose—abandon her beliefs or risk everything.

Twelve-year-old Lucia discovers a dog-eared book by Martin Luther in her father's desk drawer. Her priest rails against Luther, but curiosity drives her to examine the arch-heretic's ideas for herself.

Lucia's father, Giordano, worries about his daughter's impulsive streak and warns her to keep silent about Luther. Giordano knows all too well the consequences if the Inquisition should learn of Lucia’s find.

Lucia faces danger at every step as she confronts the plague, death, and the Inquisition.

If you enjoy a suspenseful coming-of-age story, you’ll love this book.

"A gripping tale of a young girl of Renaissance Italy…a superb example of historical fiction based on actual fact." Dr. Jeannine Olson, Professor of History, Rhode Island College

Buy Lucia's Renaissance now and join Lucia as she navigates the exciting and perilous world of late 16th-century Italy…

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781935252481
Publisher: Colleen Linda Redmond Peterson
Publication date: 01/22/2018
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.68(d)

About the Author

Renaissance history came to life for C.L.R. Peterson during a semester of study in Italy. Then Martin Luther's bold stand against the Roman Church and its pleasure-loving Pope Leo, a classic David-versus-Goliath battle, hooked her on the Reformation.

She has pursued her passion for the Renaissance/Reformation era ever since, earning a PhD in Early Modern European History at Stanford University. Research for her debut novel, Lucia's Renaissance, included reading heresy trial transcripts in Venice's State Archives.

She belongs to the Historical Novel Society Northern California chapter and the ACFW Golden Gate chapter. She loves to shine a spotlight on little-known heroes from the past.

When she's not reading or writing, she enjoys hiking, traveling, and sharing ethnic cuisine with her husband and adult daughters.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Unforgettable Sight

Chapter 2 Learning under two masters

Chapter 3 Another master

Chapter 4 Discovery and dilemma

Chapter 5 Heavy burdens

Chapter 6 Emboldened

Chapter 7 Arrested

Chapter 8 Humbled

Chapter 9 Pestilence strikes

Chapter 10 Diminished

Chapter 11 Devil’s bargain

Chapter 12 New life

Chapter 13 Long eye

Chapter 14 Gilded cage

Chapter 15 Connections

Chapter 16 Unspoken warning

Chapter 17 Modesta

Chapter 18 Uncharted path

Chapter 19 Apex

Chapter 20 Stirrings

Chapter 21 Closed doors

Chapter 22 Hope

Chapter 23 Mercy

Chapter 24 Desperate measures

Chapter 25 Lagoon drama

Chapter 26 Steadfast

Chapter 27 Uncertain future

Chapter 28 Return to Verona

Chapter 29 Valley of the shadow

Chapter 30 Decision

Author’s note

Glossary of Italian words

About the author

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