I completed Assassin’s Creed II yesterday and started Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood immediately after. I loved AC II for the story and characters involved. For those who haven’t played it, the story is set in Renaissance Italy, in particular Florence, and involves the political and religious intrigue that was Renaissance Italy. Players meet Leonardo da Vinci and Niccolo Machiavelli among others and while the game doesn’t proclaim to accurately portray history it doesn’t stray so far from reality that it is unbelievable either.
So what does a video game have to do with reading? It has sparked a deep interest in Renaissance novels. Normally I prefer Tudor era historical novels but if I can find some good ones that are set in the Renaissance than I’m more than interested in reading them. I’ve sent several to my Nook app to read the samples and hopefully one or two of them are well written and grab my attention. I am staying away from history books because honestly I’m not in the mood for historical facts full of political intrigue and power grabs because that is just to close to present day reality for my tastes.
So, if you know of any good historical fiction (other than Philippa Gregory or Margaret George which are two of my favorite authors) let me know. I’m open to suggestions.