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In the Hands of the Living God  - Lillian Bouzane In the Hands of the Living God
Lillian Bouzane

Price: CDN$16.95
ISBN 08880123330
5-1/2 x 8-1/2, 308 pages SC
Turnstone Press

(Currently unavailable for purchase)
Book Description
In the Hands of the Living God is the fictional diary of Mathye Caboto, wife of the famous explorer, Giovanni Caboto. Mathye is a cartographer and an accomplished musician. Through her words we learn of her husband's life abroad as well as life in the fabulous city of Venice.

"The book is thick with fabrics, wines, and literary references."--Atlantic Books Today

In the last decade of the fifteenth century, Venice was the Queen city of Europe.

For two hundred years her nobles controlled the trade of the fabulous East and their galleys brought the wealth up the Grand Canal and transhipped it along all the trade routes of Europe, plying as far north as Tana in the Black Sea and London in the Atlantic.

Their sons were schooled in the ways of the sea and trade remained in their capable hands.

From one of those families came the woman Mathye, who married the greatest seaman of them all--Giovanni Caboto. Mathye and Giovanni Caboto dared to follow their heart. This is their story.

Mathye is her husband's cartographer, and an accomplished musician. A member of the Venice court, she struggles with her love and loyalty to the man who will betray Venice by sailing for the King of England under the name of John Cabot.

Venice's wealth is threatened by the tight race between England, Portugal and Spain to discover a new route to the east by sailing westward. If the Venetian Doges suspect Giovanni's mission, Mathye and her family will be put to death by starvation in the Tower of Hunger.

The diary and written correspondence of Mathye paint a world filled with art, music, religious life, the social activities of some of Venice's most powerful families, and rumours of intrigue. Mathye writes about her life and travels to England and Jerusalem with passion, courage and sharp humour.

Lillian Bouzane has written an ambitious and fascinating work. Her original research, conducted in England and Spain, unearthed evidence that Giovanni was murdered at sea, sold out by a spy named Christopher Columbus.

"...a wonderful book, and seems to invite the same reverent attention as a long and involved piece of music or a tapestry on the wall. It is a story told peripherally, full of texture."--Perimeter

About the Author
Lillian Bouzane is an award-winning poet who won the Gabriel (International) Award for a suite of ten poems titled In the Time of Wolves and is active in the Newfoundland writing community. She was born in St. Patrick's, Newfoundland.

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