The Book of the Courtier: Il Cortegiano by Baldassare Castiglione

The Italian Renaissance.  We all know it.  It's that brief time in history where powerful families and political factions were dealing death on the streets while artistic geniuses put their indelible stamp on the world.  The upheaval of that time forged the modern world.  To survive in that world, one had to have sprezzatura, that easy-going, effortless … Continue reading The Book of the Courtier: Il Cortegiano by Baldassare Castiglione

Leonardo’s Brain: Understanding da Vinci’s Creative Genius by Leonard Shlain

There are a great many books out there on the genius of Leonardo da Vinci.  What makes this one different?  It was written by a brain surgeon at the end of his life while he was combatting a brain tumor.  As Leonardo himself could tell you, perspective and experience make a world of difference. I'm … Continue reading Leonardo’s Brain: Understanding da Vinci’s Creative Genius by Leonard Shlain

Romeo and Juliet: A Novel by David Hewson

David Hewson, this time without his previous collaborator, A. J. Hartley, has released a third novel in the line that extrapolates and expands upon the plays of William Shakespeare, putting them into their proper time and historical context.  This time around, it's an era of great upheaval that history would someday call the Italian Renaissance.  The year … Continue reading Romeo and Juliet: A Novel by David Hewson