Kathleen McGowan


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“This confection slips back and forth in time with
seamless ease. Mary Magdalene fans will be thrilled.”

- Publisher's Weekly


The New York Times bestselling author of The Book of Love and The Expected One continues her fascinating Magdalene Line series as Maureen Paschal uncovers a scandal in Renaissance Italy that leads her deep into the fascinating and dangerous heretical legacy of the Poet Prince.

Kathleen McGowan is a publishing sensation, an author whose novels immerse readers in a beautiful and spiritually meaningful world of ancient prophecies, ecclesiastical intrigue, and Biblical secrets revealed. The first two installments in the Magdalene Line series (The Expected One and The Book of Love) beguiled lovers of historical and religious fiction and won her a vast and loyal fan following. Now she continues the saga in The Poet Prince.

Maureen follows a new teacher, Destino, to Florence, where she receives an artifact related to a scandal long buried by time. Soon she begins to uncover the secret history of Lorenzo the Magnificent—godfather of the Italian Renaissance. That fertile era emerges in a new and an extraordinary light as Maureen learns the truth behind some of its greatest masterpieces—and the hidden activities of the great masters Botticelli, Michelangelo, and Leonardo Da Vinci. But her most explosive discovery affects the person closest to her, as she realizes that her lover, Berenger, shares her Bloodline legacy in the prophecy of The Poet Prince. Together, they must face a descendant of the mad monk Savonarola and a 500-year-old vendetta that threatens to end her life before the truth can be revealed to the world.

This is a spiritual detective story of the highest order, full of McGowan’s signature insights into art, architecture, and history that reveal “the truth against the world.”

The Poet Prince is filled with a never before seen glimpse into the truth behind the Renaissance art period. Writing Sandro Botticelli was one of the most enjoyable experiences I have ever had as an author. If you love Botticelli’s art, I can promise you a story rich in research about his life and work. A young Michelangelo finds his way into the book as well, and is a critical character in the end. But I will also introduce you to some equally great but lesser known artists, like Piero della Francesca and a 14th century master called Spinello Aretino, who created this particular masterpiece, which becomes important in the story:

I personally believe that this may be one of the most important images of Mary Magdalene in history. You will find out why in The Poet Prince! I discovered her in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City in much the same way as Maureen does in the book. As always, the books are fiction, but they do tend to mirror my personal journey of discovery!


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