October 1502. As Cesare Borgia sets out to invade the Florentine Republic, Niccolò Machiavelli is sent to spy on him and to glean details of his nefarious plan. But when Borgia asks Machiavelli to write his life story, their bond gains complexity and nuance: ultimately, they both aspire to everlasting fame and to achieve it, they need each other, for the one’s sword can only rule in eternity via the pen of the other.
Set against the backdrop of the Renaissance, rife with political intrigue and cultural flourishing, Bernini's richly imagined novel masterfully captures a society teetering on the brink of change and revolution, as one man takes his chance at greatness, navigating the treacherous corridors of power with guile and charisma/
The Throne is a captivating reflection on ambition, morality, and the pursuit of power and influence. As elucidating as Robert Caro’s The Power Broker, as gripping and stylish as Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall, and as atmospheric as Maggie O’Farrell’s The Marriage Portrait, The Throne reveals one of the most impactful and controversial minds in political history, and questions and asks to what lengths can one justifiably go to achieve greatness.
Franco Bernini is an Italian screenwriter and director. His movie The Grey Zone entered into the competition at the International Critics’ Week of the 50th Cannes Film Festival, and won the Grolla d’oro Prize for best screenplay. He teaches screenwriting at the Italian National Film School. He has written three novels and a collection of short stories. The Throne is his English-language debut.