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Sylvia Prince writes vibrant, fast-paced historical fiction. Her lush, action-packed novels bring the Renaissance to life. The Lion and the Fox throws Niccolo Machiavelli into the dangerous world of Florentine patricians, where he must risk his life to regain the favor of the powerful Medici family. The Zorzi Affair, a coming-of-age story set in seventeenth-century Italy, follows Zaneta Lucia Zorzi as she rejects an arranged marriage to pursue her true passion: science.

Sylvia holds a PhD in history—and loves the bizarre but true stories she has encountered over the years working as a historian. Did you know, for example, that in 1492 the pope received a blood transfusion by literally drinking the blood of three young boys? (It didn’t work—the pope and the boys all died.) Sylvia is a professor at a public university in the Midwest, where she lives with her husband and two spirited daughters.


Historical Fiction
Humor & Entertainment
Teen & Young Adult

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The Lion and the Fox: A Novel of Machiavelli's Florence

Exiled, isolated, and depressed, Niccolo Machiavelli longs to return to power at any cost—but with the threat of torture still hanging over his head, Niccolo must bend to the will of the powerful Medici family.

When a mysterious letter sends him to investigate the murder of a Medici, Niccolo stumbles into a dangerous world of rich young patricians, mysterious prostitutes, and shocking violence.

Set against the vibrant backdrop of Renaissance Florence, Machiavelli must rely on his wits to navigate the currents of power and brutality, never knowing who he can trust. Niccolo thinks he can play the fox to outwit his enemies—but has he underestimated the lion?

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