This evening, under the generous auspicies of Waterbury, CT’s Silas Bronson Library, I’ll be talking with THIRST (www.fireshippress.com) readers and others interested in women’s lives as portrayed in my first published historical novel.
Place rather than Choice determined the lives of all women, as well as all men, who inhabited the Venetian Republic of the Renaissance period. What allowed Venice to personify its appellation, la Serenissima (the most serene), was the highly regulated social contract among classes. Nobili, cittadini, popolani, slaves, foreigners, clergy, and government officials were all subject to the scrutiny of the efficient and rationalized justice of the great sea power. Mercantilism drove the Republic. A pragmatic approach to social life might easily be termed the ethos of doing business.
Come “meet” the characters whose stories tell what it “felt like” to inhabit Venice’s 1613 world.
As protagonist Caterina’s nursemaid tells her about-to-be married charge: “Now you must know, Caterina, this is our life. Behind the grille with God, putana, a whore, or dowried. One way or another, we are open as the lagoon. Who knows what sails in?”
I look forward to seeing many of you this evening at 6:30. The event is free and open to the public. Books will be available for purchase and signing.