I'm excited to see that Salman Rushdie set his new novel, to be released in June 2008, in Renaissance Florence and the Mughal court. Here is the story in Publisher's Weekly. I haven't read any of Rushdie's books, but I'm thrilled to see a writer of his caliber choose the Renaissance as a setting. Rushdie's novel takes place during the late fifteenth century and deals with Florentine, rather than French, politics, but I'll be looking forward to reading it nonetheless.
I'm deep in research of my own at this point, learning about the Italian artists who embellished François’ château at Fontainebleau and the production of Limoges enamels. Material for later posts!