The Memory Cathedral

The Memory Cathedral: A Secret History of Leonardo Da Vinci is an alternative history novel which explores the possibility that what would have happened if Da Vinci’s flying machine had built some of the devices that he had sketched. In this setting however Da Vinci goes to the Eastern Meditteranian and end up working for the Arabs! Da Vinci’s weapons are then unleashed upon the world and cause much destruction.  It is interesting to see famous historical figures meet and interact who actually did not meet in real history. Columbus, Botticelli, Machiavelli and Lorenzo de Medici also make an appearence.


5 Responses to “The Memory Cathedral”

  1. 1 Mike Grant March 11, 2007 at 4:45 pm

    You might be intrigued by “Light of the World”, a short story by Philip Reeve (of “Mortal Engines” fame) which features Leonardo…

    It’s at

  2. 2 Da Vinci Automata March 12, 2007 at 1:38 pm

    Thanks for the link. I may even post it soon.

  3. 3 I.B. March 13, 2007 at 4:25 am

    It’s interesting how the idea of a localized Italian Renaissance seems to stick with us today that Da Vinci working for the ‘Arabs’ seems kind of far out. The most Oriental they got at the time was Turkey and Michelangelo by the way was invited by the Ottoman Sultan Mehmet Fatih to build a bridge for them. He didn’t go. Bellini went though on an exchange-painter kind of deal.

  4. 4 Da Vinci Automata March 14, 2007 at 6:03 pm

    I.B: Fascinating. Michelangelo and Leonardo in the Levant that would make an interesting setting. May be one can even ‘remix’ the whole Renaissance.

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