Lorenzo: Murder in the Cathedral is a fictionalized version of a conspiracy to assassinate Florence's untitled prince, Lorenzo de Medici, during Mass in the city’s cathedral with thousands in attendance. The backdrop is High Renaissance when the city-state stands alone as the intellectual and cultural center of western civilization. Superimposed on that time and place is Lorenzo, scholar, art patron, poet, falconer, soldier, banker, diplomat and lover. Other fascinating characters portrayed are Savonarola and Sixtus IV. What they say is based on what is known of them. As an example, it is from Savonarola's sermons that the author derives his words, his sentiments and his fire. Researched with scholarly meticulousness, Lorenzo: Murder in the Cathedral reads like a mystery novel.