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Introduction by Aly

Aly was a real character, and was born during the earth-shattering events of 1492, subject to the traumas of being born into a rich family but as a slave, and having to flee for his life to the yet greater horrors of Hispaniola, and the genocide of the native people of the Caribbean. This made of him an artist, an assassin, and a lover of powerful women, not least of whom was the young lady you see to the right here.

His story has been reconstructed from hidden annotations in many hundreds of paintings, many of them painted by Aly himself. He worked under a number of nom-de-plumes, avatars he used to infiltrate royal courts across the continent of Europe. There he discovered what the legendary names of history were up to, and when necessary, those who were causing great mischief to the world, he brought to a speedy and premature end.

When he died, in his eighties, his renown was scattered among his many aliases, and he as a character evaporated from history, along with the true story of those passionate times. True  story, for what we read today was very, very far from what happened. Our history books, alas, are full of what the rich and mendacious of the time wanted us to believe, but now, for the first time in five hundred years, thanks to modern technology, the messages he and others left in those great works of art can be read, and the astonishing truth can be told.

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