By Peter Prange - March 21, 2011
More Posts by Peter Prange
I never saw it as a child – the Prange family did not spend their holidays in Rimini, but in good old Germany. And yet, Italy was the land of my dreams. The horse I rode for my riding test was named “Florence,” but when the gelding died, my love for Italy came to a standstill for three and a half decades. It was only in the Holy Year 2000, when in the Piazza Navona in Rome and I had the initial idea for my book The Principessa, that it woke up again. This initial idea came to me from the Holy Spirit in person – that is from my agent Roman Hocke. Next to the Fountain of the Four Rivers, he told me about the rivalry between the two great architects and sculptors of the Baroque age, Bernini and Borromini. He spoke with such enthusiasm that I simply had to turn it into a novel. I hope, “Florence” will forgive me.