Synopsis of

Screenplay of the novel Conquest: The Struggle for Renaissance Milano. A dramatic rendering of one of the most fascinating periods in western history. The screenplay has much of the sweeping appeal of Samuel Shellabarger's Captain from Castile and Irving Stone's novels of the lives of Michelangelo and Van Gogh.


The year is 1476. A gifted, personable young musician--the greatest brass player of his age--is accused of murdering his beautiful mistress at the castle of the duchy of Burgundy, in Bruges. Unable to return to England, his home, William Castle flees to Milan, Italy where he seeks refuge, fame and fortune at the brilliant, if treacherous court of Galeazzo Maria Sforza, the temperamental duke of Milan. At the court, a haven for many ambitous, if unscrupulous, artists, musicians and courtiers, he falls in love with the beautious Cecilia Gallerani, a young woman whose ambitions and talents are a match for his own...and those of the lustful Duke well as his astute, visionary and ambitious younger brother, Ludovico Sforza. What will happen to William in this mix of consuming ambitions and lusts?