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Latest book MuseMuse
is the story of the mysterious woman who was the inspiration behind Petrarch’s sublime love poetry. Solange Le Blanc begins life in the tempestuous streets of 14th
century Avignon, a city of men dominated by the Pope and his palace. When her mother, a harlot, dies in childbirth, Solange is raised by Benedictines who believe she has the gift of clairvoyance. Trained as a scribe, but troubled by disturbing visions, she escapes to Avignon, where she becomes entangled in a love triangle with the poet Petrarch, becoming not only his muse, but also his lover. Later, when Solange’s gift for prophecy seduces Pope Clement VI’s ear, she becomes his confidante and mistress, winning a powerful rôle in the most celebrated court in Europe.