Welcome to real history mysteries
of the Italian Renaissance,
featuring the brilliant and winsome
The Nicola Machiavelli historical mystery series, which will span the entire high Renaissance, is the brainchild of Stanford history graduate Maryann Philip. The first mysteries in the series, A Borgia Daughter Dies, Da Vinci Detects, and Martin Luther and Murder, have collectively sold tens of thousands of e-copies and consistently gotten 4 out of 5 stars on Amazon.
The fourth real history mystery, scheduled for publication on October 1, 2020, takes Nicola to England early in the reign of Henry VIII and his first and most fascinating Queen, Katherine or Aragon. Assassins steal cannons Henry VIII ordered from Italy's finest armory and behead those guarding them. Is one of England's feuding families determined to reignite the War of the Roses, or does the young king have new enemies? Caught in the middle between a lustful King Henry, his jealous Queen Katherine and the unknown conspirators is the brilliant and beautiful Nicola Machiavelli, who delivered the cannons. The King pursues her for sex and threatens her with death. The Queen, seeking to protect everyone, asks her to investigate. Nicola will explore coastal castles and witness the splendor of Tudor Christmas traditions to expose crimes that endanger Henry's crown.
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.