April 11, 2024

While researching for my historical fiction book, The Falconer’s Apprentice, I came across a work entitled The Art of Falconry, also known as De Arte Venandi Cum Avibus. The author of this treatise on ornithology and falconry, written in Latin the 1240s, was Frederick II of Hohenstaufen, emperor of the Holy Roman Empire. The history…

April 13, 2020

“[Andreas] walked across the Piazza Maggiore and looked at the palace where Enzio was imprisoned. In the half light of the early evening, its clean lines and simple grey-pinkish sandstone façade gave the building a soft and inviting character. It was hard to think of this elegant edifice as containing prison cells and dungeons. The…

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