Sarah Dunant is the author of the international bestseller THE BIRTH OF VENUS, which has received major worldwide acclaim, and IN THE COMPANY OF THE COURTESAN. With the publication of SACRED HEARTS, she rounds out a Renaissance trilogy bringing voice to the lives of three different women in three different historical contexts.
Sarah Dunant’s tireless research has resulted in vivid reconstructions of womens’ secret histories in the characters of a Florentine Noblewoman, a Venetian Courtesan and with SACRED HEARTS the spellbinding and fascinating lives of the Sisters of Santa Caterina.
In Sarah Dunant’s latest work, she turns her attention to the infamous Borgia family. Stripping away the myths around the Borgias, BLOOD & BEAUTY breathes life into this astonishing family and celebrates the raw power of history itself: compelling, complex and relentless.
Sarah is currently researching and writing the concluding volume about the Borgias, tentatively titled "Fortune and Fate."
Her earlier novels include three Hannah Wolfe crime thrillers, as well as SNOWSTORMS IN A HOT CLIMATE, TRANSGRESSIONS and MAPPING THE EDGE, all three of which are available as Random House Trade Paperbacks.
Sarah teaches renaissance studies at Washington University in St Louis, and lectures on various creative writing courses for The Faber Academy and Oxford Brooks University. Sarah was born in London in 1950. She has two daughters, and lives in London and Florence.