The Revolution of the Moon

The Revolution of the Moon

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From the author of the Inspector Montalbano series comes the remarkable account of an exceptional woman who rises to power in 17th century Sicily and brings about sweeping changes that threaten the iron-fisted patriarchy, before being cast out in a coup after only 27 days.

Sicily, April 16 1677. From his deathbed, Charles III's viceroy, Anielo de Guzmán y Carafa, marquis of Castle Rodrigo, names his wife, Doña Eleonora, as his successor. Eleonora de Moura is a highly intelligent and capable woman who immediately applies her political acumen to heal the scarred soul of Palermo, a city afflicted by poverty, misery, and the frequent uprisings they entail.

The Marquise implements measures that include lowering the price of bread, reducing taxes for large families, re-opening women's care facilities, and establishing stipends for young couples wishing to marry--all measures that were considered seditious by the conservative city fathers and by the Church. The machinations of powerful men soon result in Doña Eleonora, whom the Church sees as a dangerous revolutionary, being recalled to Spain. Her rule lasted 27 days--one cycle of the moon.

Based on a true story, Camilleri's gripping and richly imagined novel tells the story of a woman whose courage and political vision is tested at every step by misogyny and reactionary conservatism.
Publisher: New York, New York :, Europa Editions,, ©2017.
ISBN: 9781609453916
Branch Call Number: FICTION CAM
Characteristics: 234 pages ; 21 cm
Additional Contributors: Sartarelli, Stephen 1954-- Translator


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Apr 15, 2018

This book is a great example of how a historian can take something as small as a footnote or citation and have the starting point to create an entire story about a subject. In this case the subject was don Eleonora. She was the wife of viceroy Angel of Palermo. He was viceroy in Palermo for an extended amount of time but during his various illnesses before his death he named his successor as his wife. Although her reign was a mere 27 days she addressed corruption, created safe havens for those most vulnerable, and halved the inflated bread prices for the people. Donna Eleonora was dismissed from her post by the church because she was a woman after a corrupt official, who was under the scrutiny of the law was about to be brought down, filed a shocking letter to the Pope in Rome on the subject of being ruled over by a woman. Although the story concludes without you hearing what happens to the official, or what becomes of her life after she returns to Spain (recalled by the King of Spain under pressure by the Pope) the story's conclusion brings an end to the brief window that took place. Although it is a historical novel it does not read in a traditional manner so anyone who has not had historical training would be able to read it with no problem. Very well written piece.

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Apr 15, 2018

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