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…eleven of the following twelve statements are true:

  • Columbus faked his death in 1506, was poisoned in 1525, and his son was wrongly blamed.
  • Edward V survived the Tower and was sent to his Aunt in Belgium, who found him a post in the retinue of Pope Innocent VIII. He took the name ‘Andrea Doria’.
  • Leonardo married the sister of the biggest slave trader in Europe, and had many famous children by her, all given to foster parents to raise.
  • The Mona Lisa was painted in Hispaniola, and depicts Leonardo’s granddaughter.
  • On completing the Sistine Chapel ceiling, Michelangelo put poison in the wine of the man who forced him to do it. Pope Julius II died shortly after.
  • The first four Tudor Monarchs were all murdered: Henry VII, Henry VIII, Edward VI, and Mary I. By different people, for different reasons.
  • Bess of Hardwick was born to Anne Boleyn while she was secluded in Hever Castle, seemingly playing hard to get. She was Elizabeth I’s pre-nuptial sister.
  • The Earl of Surrey was set up by his portrait painter, the painting being the key evidence that got him executed in 1547.
  • It was no accident that Queen Mary and her chief minister, Reginald Pole died within twelve hours of each other in 1558.
  • Queen Elizabeth I had a black love-child in 1557 that she named ‘Robert’.
  • She also had a special reason for keeping Robert Dudley close to her, and it had little to do with romance.
  • The reason I vanished for two years was to write and publish a book with all this as the setting: it’s about Michelangelo’s son, who was one of the kingpins in all this intrigue. It came out on April 8th: the Kindle ebook at $2.99, and the paperback at $19.95 (700 pages).

So – fact or fiction? Did you guess right?

Answer:

‘Eleven of the following twelve are true’… this was fiction, not fact. In fact all twelve are true. Click on the book cover to check it out!