The Cover designs of ROMANTIC PRINCE
Starting with the top of the back cover, there is an emblem of the rose, evidently Rafael's favourite flower. Below is the famous, enigmatic painting by Caspar David Friedrich called The Wanderer above the Sea of Fog. He has reddish hair, but that's a small detail. What is he thinking, dreaming, observing, imagining? Will he express his thoughts in a poem, a song - or a novel?
At the top is a coat of arms invented by me for Rafael. He gave azure for a blazon to both Bellarion and Colombino. French history supplied most of his fiction long and short. He was princely. Ergo, the coronet of a Fils de France! Laurels and a quill need no explanation. Note that what's below is not a motto. That would have been in a scroll. It is an honorific title bestowed by me (and approved by many), which gift will not come back to bite me as did a famous title, Fidei Defensor, given to Henry VIII of England .....
The books are a few with the brightest spines from my Rafael Sabatini library.