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1499. Children are disappearing in Venice. Rumor has it a demon is to blame, but no one knows for sure. Beatrice de la Pietà, an orphan on the brink of a new life, cannot be bothered with such stories though. Meeting the expectations of her new employer, Cassandra Fedele, is all she cares about, and she'll do anything to hold onto her new apprenticeship as a cook and maid in her household. Demons and missing children will have to wait.

When Signora Fedele's requirements of Bea take a sharp turn from domestic work to more academic pursuits however, the orphan begins to fear one day she may let the famed scholar down. Matters only become more complicated when Bea meets a girl obsessed with stopping the demon she was so determined to forget. Prompted by her new friend's dedication to justice, and bolstered by the humanistic education she never bargained on receiving, Beatrice reluctantly dives into the danger and daring that flow through the heart of her watery world. 

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Beatrice's Venice

Bellini's paiming from the chapter, The Allegory


Nero card from the chapter, The Party


Symbols from the chapter, Hypnerotomachia Poliphili 

Complete-ish Bibliography


Robin, Diana, editor and translator.Cassandra Fedele, Letters and Orations. University of Chicago Press, 2000.

Gamba, Bartolommeo. Some Portraits of Illustrious Women. Alvisipoli, 1826.

Petrettine, Maria. Life of Cassandra Fedele. Finelli printing house, 1814.

March the Great, Alexander.Gorgeous Venice. Laterza publishers, 2019

Tassini, Joseph.Venetian Curiosity, Volume 1&2. Franco Filippi Publishers, 2007

Gasparotto, David, editor.Giovanni Bellini, Landscapes of Faith in Renaissance Venice. The J.Paul Getty Museum, 2017.

Berggreen, Laurence.Marco Polo, From Venice to Xanadu. Quercus, 2007.

Madden, Thomas F.Venice: A New History. Viking, 2012.

Greenblatt, Stephen. The Swerve, How the World Became Modern. W. W. Norton & Company, Inc., 2011.


Beltramini, Guido and Davide Gasparotto, curators.Aldus Manuzio, Renaissance in Venice(catalog). Marsilio Publishers, 2016.

Bullo, Saida with the collaboration of Donatella Benazzi, catalog curators. Aldine Marciana(digital catalogue). Marciana National Library, 2015.

Wilson, Katharina, editor. An Encyclopedia of Continental Women Writers. Garland Publishing, Inc., 1999.

Davis, Robert C.Shipbuilders of the Venetian Arsenal. John Hopkins University Press, 1991.

Jones, Federick. Virgil's Garden, The Nature of Bucolic Space.  Bloomsbury Academic, 2013.(reprint).

Wills, Gary. Venice: Lion City, The Religion of Empire.  Washington Square Press, 2002(reprint).

Tassini, Giuseppe. Some Of More Clamorous_cc781905-5cde-3194- bb3b-136bad5cf58d_Convictions Capitals Executed in_cc781905-5cde-3194-bb3b- 136bad5cf58d_Venezia Sotto Ls Republic. Cecchini, Gio., 1866. (Digital book available at



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