The Florentine Emerald by Agustín Bernaldo Palatchi

By Agustín Bernaldo Palatchi

Cardona, 1478. approximately to die within the dungeons of a Spanish fort, Mauricio’s father finds the key of his hid Jewish ancestry. for hundreds of years, the Coloma kin, descendants of the rabbi Abraham Abulafia, has got down to defend an emerald ring with the inscription gentle, mild, extra gentle. After his father’s execution, Mauricio is pressured to escape Barcelona and go back and forth to Florence within the wish of marketing the hoop to Lorenzo de Medici. within the urban of the humanities, he meets a few awesome characters—including Marsilio Ficino, Pico della Mirandola, and Leonardo da Vinci.

Mauricio turns out poised to dwell the lifestyles he has regularly dreamed of, and but, lethal hazards lurk: mystery plots, homicide, battle, the ascent of the sinister Savonarola. yet who's in the back of it all—and why search to smash Lorenzo and Mauricio? what's the resource of the ability of this emerald all of them are looking to own at any rate, and what secret lies in the back of its cryptic inscription?

Agustn B. Palatchi (b. 1967), a local of Barcelona, earned a legislation measure, had his personal perform, and now works as a tax legal professional for the Spanish govt. A passionate scholar of historical past and psychology, he's confident that with out understanding our prior, we can't comprehend ourselves or the area during which we live.

His first novel, l. a. alianza del converso (The Florentine Emerald, 2012), used to be good bought by means of the critics and the general public in Spain. It has lately been released in Italy and is being translated into different languages. His subsequent ebook, El gran engao (The nice deception), might be released in 2013. Palatchi is at present engaged on a ancient novel set throughout the French Revolution and the Napoleonic Wars.

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