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Ross King (born July 16, 1962) is a Canadian novelist and non-fiction writer. He began his career by writing two works of historical fiction in the 1990s, later turning to non-fiction, and has since written several critically acclaimed and best-selling historical works.

King's first novel, Domino, (1995), tells the story of a castrato singer seen through the experience of an aspiring painter in the London of the 1770s.

In 1998, King published Ex-Libris, his second work of historical fiction. Set in London and Prague, it chronicles how a London bookseller's search in the 1660s for a missing manuscript leads him unwittingly into a world of deception and murder.

Brunelleschi's Dome: The Story of the Great Cathedral in Florence (2000) describes how the Italian architect Filippo Brunelleschi designed what still stands as the largest masonry dome ever built: the dome of the cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, completed in 1436. Brunelleschi's Dome marked King's transition from novelist to writer of histories and biographies. Michelangelo and the Pope's Ceiling, (2002), follows the four arduous years during which Michelangelo painted the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel amid the political and religious intrigues of early sixteenth-century Rome.

King's next book, The Judgment of Paris: The Revolutionary Decade That Gave the World Impressionism (2006), was met by much critical acclaim and considerable commercial success. By contrasting the works and lives of the French painters Ernest Meissonier and Édouard Manet, the book chronicles the dramatic transition by which the Impressionist painters changed the artistic vision of the late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century. King received Canada's 2006 Governor-General's Award for Non-Fiction for this book.

King's most recent book, part of the Eminent Lives series, was Machiavelli: Philosopher of Power (2007), a biography of Niccolò Machiavelli in which King illustrates the personal, social and political development of one of history's most famous political theorists.

King was born in Estevan, Saskatchewan, Canada and was raised in the nearby village of North Portal. He received his undergraduate university education at the University of Regina, where in 1984 he completed a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree in English Literature. Continuing his studies at the University of Regina, he received a Master of Arts degree in 1986 upon completing a thesis on the poet T.S. Eliot. Later he achieved a Ph.D. from York University in Toronto (1992), where he specialized eighteenth-century English literature.

King moved to England to take up a position as a post-doctoral research fellow at University College, London. It was at this time that he began writing his first novel.

For Michelangelo and the Pope's Ceiling, King was nominated in 2003 for a National Book Critics Circle Award. Brunelleschi’s Dome was on the bestseller lists of the New York Times, the Boston Globe and the San Francisco Chronicle, and was the recipient of several awards including the 2000 Book Sense Nonfiction Book of the Year.

He lectures frequently in both Europe and North America, and has given guided tours of the cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore in Florence and of the Sistine Chapel in Rome.

King currently lives in Woodstock, England with his wife Melanie.

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Total Books: 91
Mad Enchantment Claude Monet and the Painting of the Water Lilies
Heritage and Identity in Contemporary Thailand Memory Place and Power
Florence The Paintings  Frescoes 1250-1743
2015 - Florence the Paintings Frescoes 1250-1743 (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9781631910012
ISBN-10: 1631910019
Genres: Arts & Photography, History
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Michelangelo and the Pope's Ceiling
Leonardo and the Last Supper
2013 - Leonardo and the Last Supper (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover, Audio CD
ISBN-13: 9781620403082
ISBN-10: 1620403080
Genre: Arts & Photography
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Brunelleschi's Dome How a Renaissance Genius Reinvented Architecture
Domo de Brunelleschi
2013 - Domo De Brunelleschi [Em Portugues do Brasil] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9788501079817
ISBN-10: 8501079812
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Reading Bangkok
2012 - Reading Bangkok (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9789971695460
ISBN-10: 9971695464
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction, Politics & Social Sciences
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Defiant Spirits The Modernist Revolution of the Group of Seven
2011 - Defiant Spirits the Modernist Revolution of the Group of Seven (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781553658825
ISBN-10: 1553658825
Genres: Arts & Photography, Biographies & Memoirs, History
  • Currently 5/5 Stars.
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Machiavelli Philosopher of Power
2009 - Machiavelli Philosopher of Power (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780061768927
ISBN-10: 0061768928
Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
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Brunelleschi's Dome The Story of the Great Cathedral in Florence
Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya Negotiating Urban Space in Malaysia
2008 - Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya Negotiating Urban Space in Malaysia [ASAA Southeast Asia Publications] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780824833183
ISBN-10: 082483318X
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The Judgement of Paris The Revolutionary Decade That Gave the World Impressionism
The Judgment of Paris The Revolutionary Decade that Gave the World Impressionism
The Judgement of Paris Manet Meisonnier and An Artistic Revolution
The Judgment of Paris  Manet Meissonier and the Birth of Impressionism
The Judgment of Paris  The Revolutionary Decade That Gave the World Impressionism
Ex Libris
2005 - Ex Libris [Campana De Verano 05 - Spanish Edition] (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9788432216862
ISBN-10: 8432216860
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Michelangelo und die Fresken des Papstes
2004 - Michelangelo Und Die Fresken Des Papstes (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9783442732715
ISBN-10: 3442732719
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Domino
2003 - Domino (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover, Audio Cassette
ISBN-13: 9780142003367
ISBN-10: 0142003360
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
  • Currently 3/5 Stars.
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Michelangelo and the Pope's Ceiling
2003 - Michelangelo and the Pope's Ceiling (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
ISBN-13: 9780142003695
ISBN-10: 0142003697
Genres: Arts & Photography, History
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
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2003 - Michelangelo the Pope's Ceiling [Thorndike Press Large Print Basic Series] (Hardcover)Paperback, Hardcover, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
1998 - Description and Explanation in Korean Linguistics [Cornell University East Asia, No. 98 - Cornell East Asia Series] (Paperback)Hardcover
1974 - Sydney Housing Study Residential Densities [Research paper - Ian Buchan Fell Research Project on Housing ; no. 8] (Other)
1972 - Yass Nsw Residential Quality of a Country Town [Research paper - Ian Buchan Fell Research Project on Housing ; no. 6] (Other)
1972 - Sydney Housing Study Outline [Research paper - Ian Buchan Fell Research Project on Housing ; 7] (Other)
Machiavelli [Eminent Lives] (Hardcover)Paperback, Hardcover