The Orphan of Florence
A NovelBook - 2017
Giulia has been an orphan all her life. Raised in Florence's famous Ospedale degli Innocenti, her probing questions and insubordinate behavior made her an unwelcome presence, and at the age of fifteen, she was given an awful choice: become a nun, or be married off to a man she didn't love. She chose neither, and after refusing an elderly suitor, Giulia escaped onto the streets of Florence. Now, after spending two years as a successful pickpocket, an old man catches her about to make off with his purse, and rather than having her carted off to prison he offers her a business proposition. The man claims to be a cabalist, a student of Jewish mysticism and ritual magic, who works for the most powerful families in Florence. But his identity is secret -- he is known only as "the Magician of Florence" -- and he is in need of an assistant. She accepts the job and begins smuggling his talismans throughout the city.
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Griffin, 2017
Edition: 1st ed
Characteristics: viii, 324 p. ; 21 cm