This story is about Luigi Da Porto - the man who created 'Romeo & Juliet'. He was a true Renaissance man, a poet, novelist, man of letters yet at the same time a military strategist, captain in the army of the Republic, and commended for his bravery. His friends included the great literary men of the day including his mentor and friend Pietro Bembo, a giant literary figure of his age, and who became a Cardinal in the Roman church. Luigi was posted to Friuli with his troop of horse during the strange War of the League of Cambrai in which Venice was almost wiped out only to be left at the end of the war with more territory than before but financially crippled. Whilst in Friuli, Luigi attended the Savorgnan's Shrove Tuesday ball in which he fell in love with his second cousin, Lucina Savorgnan. But the two sides of the Savorgnan family were feuding. His uncle Antonio, his mother’s brother, and his uncle Giralomo, Lucina's guardian hated each other. So begins the story.The story is in 4 Parts this being Part 1 - The Beginning of the Conflict.
Mirin's husband returns from business off-world bearing a new scar, one carved by a lover's knife. It's not the realization Kanovan has another lover—their relationship is an open one—or the extreme play he's engaged in that troubles Mirin, so much as the fact it's left such a permanent mark. Kanovan's come home with minor changes before,…
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