The Poet Prince

A Novel

The Poet Prince

The Son of Man shall choose
When the time returns for the Poet Prince.
He will inspire the hearts and minds of the people
So as to illuminate the path of service
And show them the Way.
This is his legacy,
This, and to know a very great love.

Worldwide controversy surrounds author Maureen Paschal as she promotes her new bestseller—the explosive account of her discovery of a gospel written in Jesus’ own hand. But a scandalous headline about her lover, Bérenger Sinclair, shatters Maureen’s plans and sends her to Florence. In Tuscany, Maureen and Bérenger seek out their spiritual teacher Destino, who insists the besieged couple study one of history’s great Poet Princes: Lorenzo de’ Medici, the godfather of the Italian Renaissance. Bérenger is a Poet Prince of the ancient bloodline prophecy, and even across the centuries, his fate is intertwined with Lorenzo de’ Medici’s. Bérenger must uncover the heretical secrets of the Medici family—and the shocking truth behind the birth of the Renaissance—if he is to fulfill his own destiny. These heretical secrets were hidden for a reason, and there are those who would stop at nothing to prevent Bérenger’s assumption of his rightful role.

The Renaissance comes vividly to life as Maureen decodes the clues contained within the great masterpieces of Lorenzo the Magnificent’s friends: Donatello, Botticelli, and Michelangelo. Maureen uncovers truths connected to the legend of Longinus Gaius, the Roman centurion who used pierced the crucified Jesus with his spear. Could Longinus Gaius, doomed to live forever, be someone she knows? Could his infamous Spear of Destiny, sought even by Hitler, be the key to Bérenger’s fate? As Maureen and Bérenger race to find the answers, someone is after them, hell-bent on settling a five-hundred-year old blood feud and destroying the heresy once and for all.  

Rich in Kathleen McGowan’s signature insights into art, architecture, and history and set in the beauty of Renaissance and present-day Italy, this is a spiritual detective story of the highest order.

The Truth Against the World!
  • Touchstone | 
  • 432 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781416531715 | 
  • March 2011
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Reading Group Guide

This reading group guide for The Poet Prince includes an introduction, discussion questions, ideas for enhancing your book club, and a Q&A with author Kathleen McGowan. The suggested questions are intended to help your reading group find new and interesting angles and topics for your discussion. We hope that these ideas will enrich your conversation and increase your enjoyment of the book. 



Maureen follows her new teacher, Destino, to Florence where she begins training in the secret teachings of The Order of the Holy Sepulcher, just as Matilda did before her 1000 years ago.   With Destino, Maureen discovers the story of Lorenzo, the man who would be known to history as The Magnificent.  But Maureen will learn that Lorenzo’s driving obsession was not one of simple culture; rather, he was creating a body of work to preserve a series of ancient secrets, secrets too powerful and dangerous to be committed to writing.   Lorenzo is aided by his mistress, the forbidden lover who obsesses him until he dies – and who acted as muse for some of the most famous and breathtaking paintings in the world. 

Maureen is joined by her lover, Berenger, who discovers that he shares an extraordinary legacy with Lorenzo the Magnificent: both were born under the auspices of a prophecy found in the early writing of the Bloodline, the prophecy of The Poet see more

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About the Author

Kathleen McGowan
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Kathleen McGowan

Kathleen McGowan is an internationally published writer whose work has appeared on five continents and in at least fifteen languages. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and three sons. You can visit her website at