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"An exuberant and discursive historical novel, crammed with fascinating detail" (The Independent)
"A literary page-turner ... guaranteed to set the cat among the Vatican pigeons." (The Herald)
"A tale of dazzling complexity involving fiendish plotting in the courts of Europe" (Times Literary Supplement) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
Rita Monaldi was born in 1966 and is an expert in the history of religions. Her husband Francesco Sorti was born in 1964 and has a background in musicology. Both Rita and Francesco have worked as journalists, but in recent years they have collaborated on several historical novels including Veritas and Imprimatur. They live with their two young children in Vienna and Rome.