Mika Waltari sweeps you into the early 16th century in this tale of faith, love, and tragedy. Beginning in Finland, where our hero is born, we are introduced to young Michael Furfoot, a scholar with hopes of becoming a church prelate. His dream of ordination leads him to the famed University of Paris and its intrigues. Running short of money, he is forced to abandon his studies for the life of a mercenary soldier, a decision that will bring him into contact with some of the age's greatest leaders and intellects.
From Stockholm in the north to Rome in the south, Michael Furfoot is plunged into one amazing adventure after another in a quest for love, money, and finally revenge. Along the way he crosses paths with Martin Luther, Erasmus, Thomas Müntzer, Heinrich Pfeiffer, Holy Roman Emperor Charles V, and Pope Clement VII. Listen as the Protestant Reformation explodes across Europe, consuming empires, nations, and entire populations. It is a conflagration that burns itself out in smoking ruins during the Siege of Rome in 1527.
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