A Golden Web

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Harper Collins, Apr 6, 2010 - Young Adult Fiction - 272 pages
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Alessandra is desperate to escape.

Desperate to escape her stepmother, who's locked her away for a year; to escape the cloister that awaits her and the marriage plans that have been made for her; to escape the expectations that limit her and every other girl in fourteenth-century Italy. There's no tolerance in her quiet village for Alessandra and her keen intelligence and unconventional ideas.

In defiant pursuit of her dreams, Alessandra undertakes an audacious quest, her bravery equaled only by the dangers she faces. Disguised and alone in a city of spies and scholars, Alessandra will find a love she could not foresee -- and an enduring fame.

In this exquisite imagining of the centuries-old story of Alessandra Giliani, the world's first female anatomist, acclaimed novelist Barbara Quick gives readers the drama, romance, and rich historical detail for which she is known as she shines a light on an unforgotten -- and unforgettable -- heroine.

 

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User Review  - TheMadHatters - LibraryThing

Based on the true story of a girl in 14th century Italy, this was a fascinating read. Alessandra wants nothing more than to study medicine, but as a female in Medieval Europe, she is not permitted to ... Read full review

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User Review  - C.Ibarra - LibraryThing

A Golden Web speculates how the life of female anatomist, Alessandra Giliani, might have progressed. She was a brilliant young girl fascinated by medicine and how the human body worked. Unfortunately ... Read full review

Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
9
Section 3
17
Section 4
28
Section 5
54
Section 6
94
Section 7
137
Section 8
170
Section 9
205
Section 10
215
Section 11
225
Section 12
255
Section 13
261
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About the author (2010)

Writer and poet Barbara Quick is the author of the novels Vivaldi's Virgins and Northern Edge, winner of the Discover Prize. A Golden Web is her first book for teen readers. An avid traveler and student of other languages, she has run an international boardinghouse; written everything from self-help books to humor columns to grant requests for disadvantaged children; and done whatever jobs she needed to do -- from landscape gardening to catering to editing -- to allow her to continue writing. She lives with her teenage son, Julian, in the San Francisco Bay Area, where she takes frequent classes and occasionally performs with a Brazilian dance troupe.

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