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Publication in France:
04 November 2015

336 pages

The Botticelli Codex


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Florence, 1497 - Bonfire of the Vanities. On this morning, mobs of children terrorised the streets, confiscating any object which embodied wealth or indulgence in pleasure. The impending bonfire, intended to consume all trace of paganism and impiety, was to be its crowning triumph.

Lost in thought, Sandro Botticelli is looking on as one of his finest works is devoured by the flames, when suddenly he feels a hand on his shoulder. Leonardo da Vinci, his old friend, has returned to Florence! But the artist is the bearer of bad tidings - his mother Caterina has died and bequeathed him nothing more than a strange and indecipherable letter...

Sandro and Leonardo are thereupon drawn into an incredible odyssey as they attempt to seek out this manuscript which threatens danger as much as it promises power. A manuscript which still to this day haunts scientists and other curious minds: the Voynich...
Agnès Michaux is a writer and translator. She is the author of several novels, including Le Suaire (Calmann-Lévy, 2002), Zelda (Flammarion, 2006), Le Témoin (Flammarion-J'ai lu, 2009), and Les Sentiments (Flammarion-J'ai lu, 2010).
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