Antonia of Venice – Ellyn Peirson

Very few people knew Antonia, despite her eventual fame as “La Stella di Venezia”. Antonia of Venice is an unveiling of love, connected souls, music, power and tragedy. The story lures the reader into the beauty and decadence of 18th century Venice, and into the passions that drive and torment its characters. Antonia develops from being Vivaldi’s star pupil into his musical colleague and the pride of Venetian musical conceit. After she falls in love with Orlando Sagredo, master planner of the Palio, Antonia recognizes the emotional bondage she has never questioned. Antonia of Venice is inhabited by brilliant musicians, avaricious politicians and ineffectual rulers of the Republic of Venice. Through it all, the people and music Antonia loves take the reader into the depths of revenge and selflessness. A well researched 18th century romance novel with brilliant descriptions, Antonia of Venice advances the timeless, feminine heroic as a powerful and equal partner to the masculine.