The Medici Seal

The Medici Seal

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Romagna, Italy 1502. Fleeing from the murderous brigand Sandino, Matteo - a young boy - is saved from drowning by the companions of Leonardo da Vinci. From this moment on, Matteo is at the Maestro's side as he carries out his work, which ranges from the painting of magnificent frescos to intricate dissection of the human body. But Leonardo is employed by Cesare Borgia, head of one of Italy's leading families. Cruel and ruthless, the Borgia punishes without mercy those who oppose him or who threaten him in any way. And as Da Vinci and Matteo travel across Italy on the Borgia's business, murder, deceit and revenge follow in their trail. For Matteo carries with him a secret - a secret that both the Borgia and Medici families would kill to obtain. A life-changing secret that must, finally, come to light for all to see . . . A gloriously rich and authentic story of the Renaissance, The Medici Seal is also both the personal story of Matteo, a boy becoming a man, and a fascinating glimpse into the world of Da Vinci.show more

Product details

  • 12-17
  • Paperback | 496 pages
  • 130 x 194 x 34mm | 340.19g
  • Random House Children's Publishers UK
  • Corgi Childrens
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • map
  • 0552554472
  • 9780552554473
  • 294,810

About Theresa Breslin

THERESA BRESLIN is the Carnegie Medal winning author of over thirty books for children & young adults whose work has appeared on stage, radio and TV. Her books are hugely popular with young people, librarians and teachers. Remembrance, her top selling YA novel of youth in WW1, has now been reissued to include Book Notes. The Dream Master was shortlisted for the Children's Book Award. Divided City was shortlisted for ten book awards, winning two outright.show more

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"A brilliantly written story . . . rich in its details and epic in its sweep" -- Tom Gatti * The Times * "This is such an excellent book" * The School Librarian * "Another very satisfying book from an accomplished novellist" * Carousel * "A swiftly paced and richly constructed tale" * Waterstones Books Quarterly *show more

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Italy, 1502 Fleeing from the murderous brigand Sandino, the boy Matteo is rescued from drowning by the companions of Leonardo da Vinci, and taken into his household. And so Matteo is at the Maestro's side as he carries out his work - work which ranges from the painting of magnificant frescos to experiments with flight and the dissection of cadavers. But, at this time Leonardo da Vinci is employed by Cesare borgia. Cruel and ruthless, the Borgia punishes without mercy any who stand in his way. As Da Vinci and Matteo travel across Italy on the Borgia's business, murder, deceit and revenge follow in their trail. For Matteo carries with him a secret that both the Borgia and the Medici families would kill to obtain. A gloriously rich and authentic story from Carnegie Medal-winning author Theresa Breslin 'A superb historical thriller . . . an enchanting novel about genius, and a gift to an enquring mind' The Times 'A richly drawn and fascinating look at 16th-century Italy' The Bookseller Jacket design www.blacksheep-uk.com Sheet image (cover) Getty Imagesshow more

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"Another very satisfying book from an accomplished novellist"show more

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