Author’s note: Welcome, and thank you for your interest in my web site. Here you can find many things related to my trilogy, ‘Venice, East and West.’ My trilogy comprises the books ‘Venetian Born,’ “Venetian Crucible,’ and ‘Land of Tribute.’
‘Venetian Born’ begins in 1572 on the Venetian Lido and ends in the city of Venice in 1623. Essentially, it is a story about friendship, and particularly the friendship of Piero Casaer Alberti and Giulio Caesar Alberti; two boys from different Alberti families, each with very different backgrounds. Piero is raised on the Lido, having been moved by his father and mother from their market farm to the port town of Malamocco. Giulio comes to the Lido for his health from his family’s county villa and after making friends with Giulio invites him into Venice where he lives on the Piazza San Marco. The story spans three years and goes back and forth between the Lido and the city, ending with the friendship well established after many trials, each boy set firmly on his path in life, Piero destined to sail west to America, Giulio east to serve his embassy in Constantinople.
‘Venetian Crucible’ follows our two friends’ Bildungsroman from the day in 1629 that Giulio discovers his best friend is a ‘duelista,’ or boxer. It is through Piero and a mutual friend, Father Leo, that Giulio is exposed to the mafia-like underbelly of his city beyond his wildest imagination. When war comes, both Giulio answer the call, Giulio to the republic’s front near Mantova as an adjunct cryptologist, Piero as a supercargo to Spalato where his galleasse is attacked by a Spanish ship. Back from their expeditions, the two friends and Father Leo each take up their own crucible: Piero is jailed for insubordination and ends up fleeing the law, Giulio is thrown into the city’s effort to stem the plague, and Father Leo battles the apostasy of the gypsies and ‘reverendissimo’ while serving his destitute parish. Giulio also contends with evil forces seeking to dissolve his burgeoning love and engagement to Evangelina. It is the winter of 1631 when the two friends part to fulfill their destinies, and the summer of 1634 before each one realizes the other is, in fact, on his way to do just that, each one chastened to the fullest, each one’s resolve steeled by all they have survived.
In ‘Land of Tribute,’ Piero endures an eleven-month odyssey to reach America, where he settles first on Manhattan, where he builds his house with the lanks cut from the logs he fells up the Hudson. He falls in love with a Metoac squaw Machequa before a devastating war breaks out, taking her life. A woman finally arrives who he had promised himself to in Holland, and they fall in love all over again, and marry, to raise a family off the Wallabout Bay on Long Island–a place very similar to cove and farm he loved so much on the Lido. This story begins in 1634 and ends in 1687, when the youngest of his three sons, William, returns from Venice to tell his descendants how well he was received and what he was granted by Giulio, then on his deathbed, for all the stories William told him about living in such a strange land.
My intention is to create on this website a dialogue with you who might have read my books or wish to buy them. Two books are available now, the first one,’Venetian Born’ due in June, 2020. As I share with you all I have learned on my twenty-year quest to understand this time period, I hope you can share your insights with me. Hopefully, you will find my anecdotal information interesting and informative which supports these books’ historical accuracy.
What you will find here will be: An extensive glossary of both Venetian and Dutch terminology and customs, an extensive bibliography of what scholars call the ‘Early Modern Era,’ and numerous factoids that never made their way into the books.
These books are for anyone who likes what historical fiction can do to make history come alive, told from the close third person while also providing you with an overview and historical context that keeps the action going. For how history plays out is, in my opinion, much more fantastic than anyone could possibly make up. And, as in the case of this current epidemic we are going through now, you can see the veracity in what the ancient adage, “When one does not learn from the past, he is doomed to repeat its failures.” For why, at least first?–I ask, did the Italian government send its sick back home to their families, when their forefathers of 1630-31 learned from the plague of 1575-6 that it was such a disastrous thing to do?