The Secret Dead by S.J. Parris
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
This is a short story that provides much in the way of background to the story of Giordano Bruno before his escape from the Dominican convent in Naples that was his home, the place where he learnt and studied philosophy and theology, and the place where his inquisitive nature was finely honed to that which we’ve come to know and love in the series of novels.
The story is interesting in and of itself, but in terms of the greater narrative of the series provides insights into the character of Giordano Bruno that help explain the way in which he acts and works in the time beyond the convent wall while on the run as an alleged heretic.
Short, pithy, and very enjoyable.
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