Yarbro, Chelsea Quinn. Ariosto: Ariosto Furioso, A Romance for an Alternative Renaissance
Divergence: 1492 CE
What if: Lorenzo de Medici did not die in 1492, but lived to unite Italy in 1515.
Summary: In 1533, a court poet to Damiano de Medici is involved in intrigues to hold Italy together but dreams of a world where he is a famous soldier-poet.
Published: Pocket 1980 (0671832948); Tor 1988 (0812558529BUY).
Original in: English.
Translation: French by Jeanne Bonnefoy as Ariosto furioso: romance pour une Renaissance alternative, Denoël 1981; Gallimard 2003 (2070420809).
Awards: Nominee: 1981 World Fantasy Award for best novel.