The Devil’s Queen: A Novel of Catherine de Medici

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St. Martin's Press #ad - Overshadowed by her husband's mistress, the gorgeous, conniving Diane de Poitiers, and unable to bear children, Catherine resorted to the dark arts of sorcery to win Henry's love and enhance her fertility—for which she would pay a price. Violent conflict rent the city state and she found herself imprisoned and threatened by her family's enemies before finally being released and married off to the handsome Prince Henry of France.

Against the lavish and decadent backdrop of the french court, Kalogridis reveals the great love and desire Catherine bore for her husband, Henry, and Catherine's blood-soaked visions of the future, and her stark determination to keep her sons on the throne. Bartholomew's day massacre, Catherine de Medici is one of the most maligned monarchs in history.

The Devil's Queen: A Novel of Catherine de Medici #ad - But all too well. Confidante of nostradamus, Queen of Scots, scheming mother-in-law to Mary, and architect of the bloody St. In her latest historical fiction, Jeanne Kalogridis tells Catherine's story—that of a tender young girl, destined to be a pawn in Machiavellian games. Born into one of florence's most powerful families, Catherine was soon left a fabulously rich heiress by the early deaths of her parents.

From jeanne kalogridis, the bestselling author of I, Mona Lisa and The Borgia Bride, comes a new novel that tells the passionate story of a queen who loved not wisely.

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The Borgia Bride: A Novel

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St. Martin's Griffin #ad - So when sancha falls under Cesare's irresistible spell, she must hide her secret or lose her life. Vividly interweaving historical detail with fiction, The Borgia Bride is a richly compelling tale of conspiracy, sexual intrigue, loyalty, and drama. Caught in the borgias' sinister web, she summons her courage and uses her cunning to outwit them at their own game.

. Some say lucrezia has poisoned her rivals, particularly those to whom her handsome brother, Cesare, has given his heart. Vivacious sancha of aragon arrives in Rome newly wed to a member of the notorious Borgia dynasty. Surrounded by the city's opulence and political corruption, Lucrezia, she befriends her glamorous and deceitful sister-in-law, whose jealousy is as legendary as her beauty.

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The Scarlet Contessa: A Novel of the Italian Renaissance

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St. Martin's Press #ad - She ruled her own lands, fought her own battles, and openly took lovers whenever she pleased. Her latest irresistible historical novel is about a countess whose passion and willfulness knew no bounds—Caterina Sforza Daughter of the Duke of Milan and wife of the conniving Count Girolamo Riario, Caterina Sforza was the bravest warrior Renaissance Italy ever knew.

As dea tries to unravel the truth about her husband's murder, Caterina single-handedly holds off invaders who would steal her title and lands. Her remarkable tale is told by her lady-in-waiting, a woman knowledgeable in reading the "triumph cards, Dea, " the predecessor of modern-day Tarot. What philippa gregory has done for Tudor England, Jeanne Kalogridis does for Renaissance Italy.

The Scarlet Contessa: A Novel of the Italian Renaissance #ad - . However, son of the corrupt pope alexander vi, dea's reading of the cards reveals that Caterina cannot withstand a third and final invader—none other than Cesare Borgia, who has an old score to settle with Caterina. Trapped inside the fortress at ravaldino as borgia's cannons pound the walls, Dea reviews Caterina's scandalous past and struggles to understand their joint destiny, while Caterina valiantly tries to fight off Borgia's unconquerable army.

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The Orphan of Florence: A Novel

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St. Martin's Griffin #ad - Accused of the magician's murder, giulia is pursued by the handsome policeman Niccolo, and foreign spies, she must not only solve the mystery of the mystery of the Magician's murder, Lorenzo's henchmen, and in order to survive, but that of her own past. When giulia's involvement with him ends with his murder, Naples, she's drawn into a treacherous web of espionage and deceit involving the forces of Rome, and a man known as Lorenzo the Magnificent.

But the talismans are not what they seem, and neither is the Magician. Raised in florence's famous ospedale degli innocenti, she was given an awful choice: become a nun, her probing questions and insubordinate behavior made her an unwelcome presence, and at the age of fifteen, or be married off to a man she didn't love.

The Orphan of Florence: A Novel #ad - . But his identity is secret—he is known only as "the Magician of Florence"—and he is in need of an assistant. Now, after spending two years as a successful pickpocket, an old man catches her about to make off with his purse, and rather than having her carted off to prison he offers her a business proposition.

She chose neither, and after refusing an elderly suitor, Giulia escaped onto the streets of Florence. The man claims to be a cabalist, a student of Jewish mysticism and ritual magic, who works for the most powerful families in Florence. In this irresistible historical novel set in the turbulent world of the Medicis, a young woman finds herself driven from pick-pocketing to espionage when she meets a mysterious man.

Giulia has been an orphan all her life.

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I, Mona Lisa

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St. Martin's Griffin #ad - But when guiliano, her love, lisa must gather all her courage and cunning to untangle a sinister web of illicit love, treachery, meets a tragic end, and dangerous secrets that threatens her life. Set against the drama of 15th century florence, Mona Lisa is painted in many layers of fact and fiction, I, with each intricately drawn twist told through the captivating voice of Mona Lisa herself.

My story begins not with my birth but a murder, committed the year before I was born…"Florence, April 1478: The handsome Giuliano de' Medici is brutally assassinated in Florence's magnificent Duomo. The shock of the murder ripples throughout the great city, from the most renowned artists like Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo, to a wealthy wool merchant and his extraordinarily beautiful daughter, Madonna Lisa.

I, Mona Lisa #ad - More than a decade later, florence falls under the dark spell of the preacher Savonarola, a fanatic who burns paintings and books as easily as he sends men to their deaths. Lisa, now grown into an alluring woman, captures the heart of Giuliano's nephew and namesake. My name is lisa di antonio Gherardini Giocondo, though to acquaintances, I am known simply as Madonna Lisa.

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The Inquisitor's Wife: A Novel of Renaissance Spain

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St. Martin's Griffin #ad - But she still yearns for the childhood love who abandoned her four years earlier, and she's shocked when he reappears suddenly at her wedding. When her father is arrested and tortured, Marisol finds herself caught between her love for him and her desire to save the lives of her people. After becoming a favorite of the ruthless Queen Isabella, Marisol discovers a dangerous secret about her former lover, Antonio, and finds herself trapped in a life-threatening web of intrigue.

From jeanne kalogridis, comes a tale of love, the bestselling author of The Borgia Bride and The Scarlet Contessa, loss and treachery set during the perilous days of the Spanish Inquisition1481 Seville: The Inquisition makes its first appearance in Spain. Its target: conversos, Christians of Jewish descent—specifically those who practice Judaism secretly in their homes.

The Inquisitor's Wife: A Novel of Renaissance Spain #ad - As the inquisition's snares tighten around her, marisol's love for antonio and loyalty to her Jewish family is tested as never before…The Inquisitor's Wife reveals the real motivation behind the Inquisition, a frank glance at a "saintly" queen, and the struggles of a maligned people against crushing forces.

The penalty for "crypto-Judaism": Burning at the stake. Marisol garcia, is hurriedly wed to Gabriel, a young conversa, a civil lawyer working for the Inquisition, in hopes that he will protect her.

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The Rival Queens: Catherine de' Medici, Her Daughter Marguerite de Valois, and the Betrayal that Ignited a Kingdom

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Little, Brown and Company #ad - Treacherous court politics, mary, poisonings, and adultery form the background to a story that includes such celebrated figures as Elizabeth I, Queen of Scots, international espionage, and Nostradamus. Her youngest daughter marguerite, the glamorous "Queen Margot, " was a passionate free spirit, the only adversary whom her mother could neither intimidate nor control.

Catherine de' medici was a ruthless pragmatist and powerbroker who dominated the throne for thirty years. The riveting true story of mother-and-daughter queens Catherine de' Medici and Marguerite de Valois, whose wildly divergent personalities and turbulent relationship changed the shape of their tempestuous and dangerous century.

The Rival Queens: Catherine de' Medici, Her Daughter Marguerite de Valois, and the Betrayal that Ignited a Kingdom #ad - Set in magnificent renaissance france, this is the story of two remarkable women, a mother and daughter driven into opposition by a terrible betrayal that threatened to destroy the realm. Rich in detail and vivid prose, Goldstone's narrative unfolds as a thrilling historical epic. When catherine forces the catholic marguerite to marry her protestant cousin Henry of Navarre against her will, and then uses her opulent Parisian wedding as a means of luring his followers to their deaths, she creates not only savage conflict within France but also a potent rival within her own family.

The rival queens is a dangerous tale of love, and the true nature of courage, ambition, betrayal, the echoes of which still resonate.

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The Confessions of Catherine de Medici: A Novel

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Ballantine Books #ad - But in her fortieth year, catherine is widowed, left alone with six young children in a kingdom torn apart by the ambitions of a treacherous nobility. Relying on her tenacity, intent on securing the throne for her sons, Catherine seizes power, and uncanny gift for compromise, her reputation, wit, unaware that if she is to save France, she may have to sacrifice her ideals, and the secret of her embattled heart.

Bonus: this edition contains a The Confessions of Catherine de Medici discussion guide and an excerpt from C. W. In an unfamiliar realm, catherine strives to create a role for herself through her patronage of the famous clairvoyant Nostradamus and her own innate gift as a seer. We all have sins to confess.

The Confessions of Catherine de Medici: A Novel #ad - So reveals catherine de Medici, the last legitimate descendant of her family’s illustrious line. The confessions of catherine de medici is a dramatic, epic novel of an all-too-human woman whose strength and passion propelled her into the center of grand events. Gortner's The Queen's Vow. Praise for the confessions of Catherine de Medici“Alison Weir and Philippa Gregory fans will devour this.

Booklist“Highly recommended.

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The Vatican Princess: A Novel of Lucrezia Borgia

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Ballantine Books #ad - Gortner effortlessly weaves history and drama in this captivating novel about one of the world’s most notorious families. Glamorous and predatory, beloved daughter of the pope, and Lucrezia Borgia, the Borgias fascinated and terrorized fifteenth-century Renaissance Italy, was at the center of the dynasty’s ambitions.

For fans of philippa Gregory and Alison Weir, bestselling author C. As lucrezia’s father faces challenges from all sides, the threat of a French invasion forces him to marry her off to a powerful adversary. But rome is seductive and dangerous: Alliances shift at a moment’s notice as Italy’s ruling dynasties strive to keep rivals at bay.

The Vatican Princess: A Novel of Lucrezia Borgia #ad - Benefitting from their father’s elevation are the new pope’s illegitimate children—his rival sons, Cesare and Juan, and beautiful young daughter Lucrezia—each of whom assumes an exalted position in the papal court. Escaping her marriage offers the chance of happiness with a passionate prince of Naples, menacing those she loves, yet as scandalous accusations of murder and incest build against her, Lucrezia must risk everything to overcome the lethal fate imposed upon her by her Borgia blood.

Gortner has imagined Lucrezia Borgia’s life from a feminist perspective. Kirkus reviews “gortner has invested his novel with impressive historical detail that is woven neatly into the threads of the story, and his afterword and references offer excellent insight. Historical novels review“assiduously researched and expertly crafted, this novel takes readers inside the treacherous world of the Borgias—one of history’s most dysfunctional ruling families—and brings to life the sympathetic and freshly imagined character of their leading lady, Lucrezia.

Privileged and adored, Lucrezia yearns to escape her childhood and play a part in her family’s fortunes.

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The Most Beautiful Woman in Florence: A Story of Botticelli

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St. Martin's Griffin #ad - Marco is young, handsome and well-educated. The men of florence—most notably the rakish Giuliano de’ Medici—become enthralled with her beauty. That she is educated and an ardent reader of poetry makes her more desirable and fashionable still. Even before her marriage with marco is set, Simonetta is swept up into Lorenzo and Giuliano de’ Medici’s glittering circle of politicians, artists, poets, and philosophers.

. Not to mention he is one of the powerful Medici family’s favored circle. As simonetta learns to navigate her marriage, one that leads to her immortalization in his masterpiece, and the politics of beauty and desire, she and Botticelli develop a passionate intimacy, her place in Florentine society, The Birth of Venus.

The Most Beautiful Woman in Florence: A Story of Botticelli #ad - Alyssa palombo’s the most beautiful Woman in Florence vividly captures the dangerous allure of the artist and muse bond with candor and unforgettable passion. In the tradition of tracy chevalier’s girl with a pearl Earring, Palombo has married fine art with romantic historical fiction in this lush and sensual interpretation of Medici Florence, artist Sandro Botticelli, and the muse that inspired them all.

Booklista girl as beautiful as simonetta Cattaneo never wants for marriage proposals in 15th Century Italy, but she jumps at the chance to marry Marco Vespucci. Botticelli immediately invites Simonetta, newly proclaimed the most beautiful woman in Florence, to pose for him. But it is her acquaintance with a young painter, Sandro Botticelli, which strikes her heart most.

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Allegra: A Novel Set in the Italian Renaissance

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C. De Melo #ad - In time, the exquisite jewelry designs of "La Castagna" are being praised in noble courts from Venice to Rome. Resentful of the male-dominated society in which she lives, Allegra rejects all suitors in order to maintain her carefully constructed farce—until an embittered man with a tragic past melts her icy heart.

Exceptionally talented, yet banned from the Florentine guilds, she devises a clever ruse in order to secretly ply her beloved craft. Faced with a serious dilemma, bianca Cappello, she seeks the help of her scandalous friend, lover of the powerful Francesco de' Medici. Note: this ebook is available in print, and includes a generous sample of the exciting prequel, SABINA.

Allegra: A Novel Set in the Italian Renaissance #ad - 16th century florence, italy: Allegra Castagno harbors a secret so big that it can ruin her life and her father's reputation.

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