“Juan, so fresh and smooth that there is almost a girl’s prettiness to his face. But at nearly seventeen, there is nothing feminine in his behavior. Such boundless energy, such outrageous confidence. Where others see vanity, Alexander only sees promise. A young man roaring and chafing at the bit, ready to take on the world. And why not? When did life ever reward those who cowered in its corners?”
– Blood & Beauty by Sarah Dunant.
“With so much religion abroad, holy madness was on the increase: people who lived with so much God that they didn’t know any longer how to be with humans. You came across them in the streets sometimes, chattering to themselves, laughing, crying, their vulnerability vibrating like a halo around them. For the most part they were benign souls, more like hermits. But not all. When God was fermenting inside them they could be very frightening.”
– The Birth of Venus by Sarah Dunant.