The Memory Cathedral: A Secret History of Leonardo da Vinci is a 1995 historical fantasy fiction novel by Jack Dann. It follows Leonardo da Vinci constructing his flying machine and then travelling to the East.
The Memory Cathedral: A Secret History of Leonardo da Vinci is a 1995 historical fantasy fiction novel by Jack Dann.
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His historical fiction novel about Leonardo da Vinci, The Memory Cathedral, won the 1996 Australian Aurealis Award for Best Fantasy Novel and was number one on the Age bestseller list. His novella 'Da Vinci Rising', which integrates several sections of The Memory Cathedral with some new material, won the 1996 Nebula Award, making him the first Australian resident to win this award. He has received the Australian Aurealis Award twice, the Ditmar Award three times, and the World Fantasy Award.
His entrance into the cathedral takes him back, in memory, to the years of his apprenticeship in Florence. There, we find the 25-year-old Leonardo establishing a reputation as artist and engineer and falling in love with a young woman betrothed to a wealthy older man. He's also working on plans for a flying machine, and the Medicis, who are planning war against the papal states, have expressed an interest in its military potential. At this point, Dann takes advantage of a gap in the known details of Leonardo's life, and sends him to the Orient-as military advisor to the Caliph of Syria, employing his inventions (including the flying machine, which finally works) in war against the Turks.
The memory cathedral. a secret history of Leonardo da Vinci. by Jack Dann Secret history of Leonardo da Vinci, Leonardo da Vinci. Published 1995 by Bantam Books in New York. Fiction, Artists, Biographical fiction, Protected DAISY, In library. Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519). Secret history of Leonardo da Vinci, Leonardo da Vinci. xiii, 485 p. : Number of pages.
In 1476, Leonardo da Vinci, on the verge of his twenty-fourth birthday, was named .
In 1476, Leonardo da Vinci, on the verge of his twenty-fourth birthday, was named as one of four men who had practiced such wickedness with the seventeen-year-old apprentice of a local goldsmith. There is little doubt that Leonardo was arrested. The most up-to-date if occasionally dismaying aspect of the book is its framing as a self-help guide, along the lines of How Leonardo Can Change Your Life. One story has it that the drawing was part of a secret cache of obscene Leonardo material held in the Royal Collection at Windsor Castle. The works were allegedly stolen, in the nineteenth century, prompting not legal prosecution but relief.
Online version: Dann, Jack. New York : Bantam Books, 1995 (OCoLC)605068744. Responsibility: by Jack Dann. Named Person: Leonardo, da Vinci; Leonardo, da Vinci; Leonardo, da Vinci. Material Type: Fiction. Abstract: What if the 15th Century artist and inventor, Leonardo da Vinci, did not stop with his design, but actually built his flying machine? That is what happens in this novel, except that da Vinci's dream is realized not in Italy, but in Syria where he becomes military adviser to the caliph in a war with the Turks. By the author of The Man Who Melted.
In a magnificent and daring new novel that triumphantly blends fact and fiction, Jack Dann offers his own thrilling secret history of a lost year in Leonardo da Vinci's life. five hundred years before the Wright brothers legendary flight at Kitty Hawk? show more.