Merchant of Valor Author:Clarence Budington Kelland This is a Historical Novel. Never before has the story=telling genieus of Kelland shone to better advantage that in the stirring pages of this historical novel. Mr. Kellends's "Merechant of Valor" is handsome young Peter Carew. His story is one of escitement and mysteries, of clash of arms, of hairbreadth escapes, and all the warmth and color... more » of Florence in the freat day of the wariing Medicis.
Young Peter, son of a London woll merchant, has come to Florence on business for his father, but soon finds himself involved in the turbulent wars and intrigues of Italy. Business behind him he takes service with Givanni dei Medici, and immediately becomes the principal figure in the fighting centering in and around the city.
Here is the thrilling story of howPeter comes to love the girl he knows of only as the fortune[teller Betsy; of how Betsy is captured by the infamoud Riario; if giw Riario is cornered by Peter and his fighting men in the castle where Betsy in held prisoner; of how Peter at last discovers Betsy's true identity - and the dangerous role of super secret service she is being forced to play.
A glittering and motley cavalcade of characters throng through these pages. Great and humble - all are involved in the turmoil and danger of Florentine intrigue. Not least among them is the fabulous Giavanni dei Medici.« less