Borgia Blade Scratchboard book cover illustration - 4/12/2019

Materials used: 6x6 inch Black-coated Ampersand board and scratching tools.

This is book #003 of 160 paperback novels being transcribed by The Gardner Francis Fox Library.

This is a historical fiction novel that takes place in Italy during the Renaissance. You can purchase a copy from The Gardner Francis Fox Library.

Here's the first bit and a link to chapter one of Borgia Blade

He drove in and out of the torch-lit room, his long blade a slash of red fire before him. His feet slapped the wooden flooring as he executed a flanconade or slid into the rhythmic movement of a balestra. The torches in the iron wall sockets glowed down on his frayed leather jerkin, on his length, and wide shoulders, painting him in crimson against the black backdrop of the empty fencing school.

"So!" he snarled. "So this is the way of your circolazione, Messer Jacopo!" And his thick wrist turned and the naked blade slid through the darkness; the gleaming point barely touched the brick of the wall, and fell away.

His name was Ilarion, and Jacopo Balisandro, who owned the fencing school, always added, with a wry twist of his loose lips, della stalla. Of the stables. Even the plump and laughing Tea Panchesi, who served the men-at-arms and University students at the corner tavern, joined in the good-naturedly haloed "Ilarion! Ilarion della stalla!" when he trudged by, a broom or a pail of slops dangling from one big hand, reeking of the horses that carried their masters to the fencing hall.

Read the rest by visiting The Gardner Francis Fox Library.