The Master Of Verona, a Novel by David Blixt, Reveals the Origin of the Capulet-Montague Feud from Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet

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David Blixt's debut novel, The Master Of Verona, will be published by St. Martin's Press in 2007. A veteran Shakespearean actor living in Chicago, Blixt has taken a single line from a play and created the entire backstory to Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet.

The Master Of Verona, a novel by David Blixt, will be published in 2007 by St. Martin’s Press. It explains at last the origin of the famous Capulet-Montague feud from Shakespeare's play Romeo & Juliet.

A novel of historical fiction, it follows the fortunes of Pietro Alaghieri, son of the poet Dante. The Inferno has just been published as the persecuted father and son take refuge in the city of Verona, rising star of Lombardy. The city’s recent ascension is due solely to one man, Cangrande della Scala, the Master of Verona.

Trying to step out of his father’s growing shadow, Pietro is swiftly drawn into two conflicts – the first, a duel between two close friends, Capulletto and Montecchio (the start of the famous feud). The second, a plot against Cangrande and his heir. Swordplay and horseplay, philosophy and astrology, warfare and feuds, all lead to a final confrontation that will determine the fate of Verona itself.

For more information, visit Blixt's new weblog: http://themasterofverona.typepad.com

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