Romola by George Eliot

This book tells the story about the struggle for the restoration of popular government in Florence after almost 60 years of domination by the Medici’s.

The book starts in the year of Lorenzo’s death (1494), describes the invasion by Charles VIII of France and shows the beginning and ending of Savoranola in 1498.

Niccolò Machiavelli plays an important role into this story.

The main characters, Romola and her unfaithful husband Tito Melma have their story told into the above historical background.

As historical fiction this book is magnificent but it’s quite disappointing in terms of Victorian novel.

So far, Daniel Deronda remains as my favorite book written by George Eliot.

However, I still have to read Adam Bede, Silas Marner and Felix Holt in order to keep or change my opinion on this subject.

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