THE SHADOW OF CAIN: The Renaissance Trilogy - Book II
THE RENAISSANCE TRILOGY - BOOK II
In this sequel to THE MERCY OF LIONS; Knight of Rhodes, Hugh de Erpingham, continues his quest into the dark heart of renaissance Italy. Keeping one step ahead of the mysterious White Cardinal, and always just beyond the reach of his arch-nemesis Antonio Vendramin, Hugh and company still find time to make new enemies in Ferrara, Mantua and Venice, and some new friends too.
Caught in the jaws of the venetian war, Hugh struggles between the claims of church and state, his commission and his conscience, his intimate friendships and the call of duty.
Crossed and double-crossed, jailed and tortured; from the leper houses of Assisi to the ducal palaces of Urbino and Bologna, Hugh cuts a bloody swathe north. Its an odyssey that brings him into contact with the finest minds of the era, and ever nearer to his goal; not just the Borgia gold, but also the spiritual solace he so desperately seeks.