Death Of The Master Builder
Love, Envy, and the Struggle To Raise the Greatest Cathedral of the Italian Renaissance
by Mark E. Fisher
Pub Date 03 May 2021 | Archive Date 15 Nov 2021
In 1469 Tuscany, when Dario, a hedonistic city ruler, sees a vision of himself writhing in eternal flames, he is shaken to his core. Attempting to avoid damnation, he hires Amadeo, a righteous builder, to absolve his sins by constructing the world’s largest cathedral.
As the walls rise, the beautiful Simona tempts Amadeo to abandon his vow of chastity. Then Naples declares war, the workers flee, and he gives in to despair. Eventually, the work resumes.
But Dario is ever a slave to pleasure, debauchery, and power. His disgust at Amadeo’s piety finally boils over, and he plots the builder’s moral downfall.