Leonardo da Vinci

New Word City
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In his youth, Leonardo da Vinci wrote confidently, “I wish to work miracles.” By the time of his death in 1519, when he was sixty-seven and famed throughout Europe, it seemed that he had accomplished wonders aplenty as an artist, engineer, inventor, and scientist. Here, from author Jay Williams, is the moving story of the man behind the Renaissance myth.
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About the author

Jay Williams is the author of seventy-nine books, among them, The Middle Ages, The Crusades, and The Spanish Armada.
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Publisher
New Word City
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Published on
Aug 5, 2014
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Pages
166
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ISBN
9781612307916
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Language
English
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Genres
Art / History / Renaissance
Art / Individual Artists / General
Biography & Autobiography / Artists, Architects, Photographers
Biography & Autobiography / Historical
History / Renaissance
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