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A Question of Belief (Commissario Brunetti, Book 19) by Donna Leon

By Donna Leon

"Brunetti is a surprise: shrewdpermanent, cultured, and devoted to his work." --The Washington Post

Commissario Guido Brunetti longs to flee the crowds of visitors and oppressive warmth of Venice in August. yet sooner than he can sign up for his kin on vacation within the mountains, a folder containing court docket files lands on his table. An outdated buddy suspects a sinister purpose in the back of an area court's infamous inefficiency. in the meantime, Brunetti's colleague, Inspector Lorenzo Vianello, is anxious approximately his aunt's surprising- and expensive-interest in astrology and enlists the commissario's support. simply whilst it kind of feels Brunetti could be capable of make his getaway, a brutal crime shocks town and he forces himself to shake off the warmth and get right down to work.

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Amongst the furnishings, an evocative crucifix of the 1400s stands out. On the left: Castle of Marmilla, Las Plassas On the right: Castle of Eleonora d’Arborea 32 Lanusei Lanusei (5,841 inhabitants), main town of the Ogliastra, provides tourists, by virtue of its central location, with a gateway for easily accessing the natural beauties and tourist-cultural sites of the whole new province. Short routes by car also allow reaching both its beaches and its mountains. Here is a crystal-clear sea, with long stretches of beaches and secluded coves, sometimes reachable only by sea or through trekking paths: On the left: Paintings in the Cathedral of Santa Maria Maddalena, Lanusei On the right: The rock spur “Perda’e Liana” in Gairo Cala Mariolu, Cala Luna, Cala Sisine, and Cala Goloritzè.

During these centuries, the local inhabitants represented by the imperial authority of Constantinople found themselves acting virtually autonomously from Byzantium, thus promoting themselves to the status of ‘judges’, de facto Santissima Trinità Abbey in Saccargia 51 supreme authorities of the four most important towns of the Island at that time: Cagliari, Oristano, Porto Torres, and Olbia. Four ‘judicates’, or kingdoms, were therefore established (Cagliari, Arborea, Torres, and Gallura), into which Sardinia was divided starting from the middle of the XI century.

53 The aragonese and hispanic age from 1326 to 1718 In 1297, feoffment of the Kingdom of Sardinia by Pope Boniface VIII to James II King of Aragona, forms the basis for the expedition by the Infante Alfonso who, in 1323, arrives on the Island and in 1326 conquers the Pisan Castle of Cagliari. During the siege years of the town, the Aragonese erect the sanctuary of the Madonna of Bonaria, first Gothic-Catalan edifice in Sardinia, and after 1326, in the cathedral of Cagliari, the ‘Pisan’ chapel right of the presbytery will be coupled on its left by the ‘Aragonese’ one, symbol of the conquest by the new rulers.

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