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Welcome to real history mysteries

of the Italian Renaissance,

featuring the brilliant and winsome

Nicola Machiavelli 

The Nicola Machiavelli historical mystery series, which will  span the entire Italian high Renaissance, is the brainchild of Stanford history graduate Maryann Philip. The first books in the series, A Borgia Daughter Dies  and Da Vinci Detects, have collectively sold tens of thousands of e-copies and consistently gotten 4 out of 5 stars on Amazon. The third book in the series, Martin Luther, Machiavelli and Murder, is set in Rome during Luther's real-life visit there as a young monk.  It is scheduled for release in August 2017,  to celebrate the 500th anniversary year of Luther's posting of his 95 theses on the door of the Wittenberg cathedral, launching the Protestant Reformation.  For a limited time beginning August 11, the new e-book will be FREE on Amazon, through the link below on the right. The whole series may also be on sale. 


 Next up in the series: Nicola Machiavelli (fictional bastard daughter of the  famous real-life-bastard, Niccolo Machiavelli) travels to England to assist the young Henry VIII in building the British Navy, someting he actually did in real life. Doubtless he will try to seduce her. . . . .


Ms. Philip (a nom de plume) graduated with honors in "Renaissance Studies" (a self-created interdepartmental major) from Stanford University in 1975, having spent part of her junior year at Stanford's Florence campus, researching her honors thesis using original Italian texts in the Biblioteca Nazionale. She then went to law school (U. Chicago '78) and spent the next twenty-five years raising children and practicing law, with occasional time out to sing in small ensembles devoted to Renaissance music. She is now able to devote herself to her favorite period in history:  the Italian Renaissance.