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Book details
  • Genre:FICTION
  • SubGenre:Historical
  • Language:English
  • Pages:179
  • Format:Paperback
  • eBook ISBN:9781943612123
  • Paperback ISBN:9781943612116

Carpe Diem!

by Daisy Drews

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Carpe Diem! is a novel, a love story. It is also a history book dealing with the Renaissance, Reformation, and Discovery. It covers major events, innovations, and changes in the political, economic, social, artistic, religious, intellectual, and scientific areas. The Contarini family members provide access to all of the areas discussed. Although they are fictional, their interactions are with real historical characters. It is a novel way to learn history.
Carpe Diem! is the story of an orphan, Nicolo, who is adopted into the Contarini family of Florence. The head of the family, Carlo, is in banking and trade and a friend of Lorenzo de Medici. He comes upon Nicolo by accident and is impressed with his artistic potential and suspects that he might know the orphan’s real parentage. Carlo has four sons who are engaged in running the family’s estate, sailing with explorers, converting to Protestantism in Wittenberg, or conducting trade for the family in Antwerp. One of his daughters becomes a nun while the youngest becomes a sculptor. The mystery of Nicolo’s real parentage is resolved. Major artists and their work are discussed as are the intellectual developments by Ficino, Mirandola, Erasmus, and More.The causes and results of Luther’s break with Rome are emphasized as well as the political aspirations of the Valois, Habsburg, and Tudor dynasties. The rise of the Ottomans and its effect on Europe is integrated into the story as are developments in the Yuan and early Ming dynasties in China. Piero Contarini’s voyages with Columbus and Magellan emphasize the growing desire for conquest and wealth as well as the growing importance of Spain. The further enrichment of Spain through Pizarro’s conquest of Peru is shared through the historian of the era, Francesco Guicciardini.
About the author
Ms. Drews has been teaching history and political science at both the college and high school level for forty years. Carpe Diem! is the first in a series; a novel way to teach history. Each book will correspond to 3 - 4 chapters in a text to better integrate events of a certain time period and give the reader a better feeling for what it was like to live in that era.

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