I, Mona Lisa

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St. Martin's Griffin #ad - 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. My name is lisa di antonio Gherardini Giocondo, though to acquaintances, I am known simply as Madonna Lisa.

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

I, Mona Lisa #ad - . 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. 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.

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The Borgia Bride: A Novel

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St. Martin's Griffin #ad - 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. So when sancha falls under Cesare's irresistible spell, she must hide her secret or lose her life.

Vividly interweaving historical detail with fiction, sexual intrigue, loyalty, The Borgia Bride is a richly compelling tale of conspiracy, 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.

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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, and in order to survive, and foreign spies, she must not only solve the mystery of the mystery of the Magician's murder, Giulia is pursued by the handsome policeman Niccolo, Lorenzo's henchmen, but that of her own past. 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.

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. 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.

The Orphan of Florence: A Novel #ad - But the talismans are not what they seem, and neither is the Magician. She chose neither, and after refusing an elderly suitor, Giulia escaped onto the streets of Florence. Raised in florence's famous ospedale degli innocenti, and at the age of fifteen, her probing questions and insubordinate behavior made her an unwelcome presence, she was given an awful choice: become a nun, or be married off to a man she didn't love.

But his identity is secret—he is known only as "the Magician of Florence"—and he is in need of an assistant. She accepts the job and begins smuggling his talismans throughout the city. The man claims to be a cabalist, a student of Jewish mysticism and ritual magic, who works for the most powerful families in Florence.

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

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St. Martin's Press #ad - 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. From jeanne kalogridis, mona lisa and the borgia Bride, the bestselling author of I, comes a new novel that tells the passionate story of a queen who loved not wisely .

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.

The Devil's Queen: A Novel of Catherine de Medici #ad - Bartholomew's day massacre, Catherine de Medici is one of the most maligned monarchs in history. 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.

Against the lavish and decadent backdrop of the french court, Henry, and Catherine's blood-soaked visions of the future, Kalogridis reveals the great love and desire Catherine bore for her husband, and her stark determination to keep her sons on the throne.

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The Scarlet Contessa: A Novel of the Italian Renaissance

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St. Martin's Press #ad - What philippa gregory has done for Tudor England, Jeanne Kalogridis does for Renaissance Italy. 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.

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.

The Scarlet Contessa: A Novel of the Italian Renaissance #ad - 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. She ruled her own lands, fought her own battles, and openly took lovers whenever she pleased. 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.

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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. Its target: conversos, Christians of Jewish descent—specifically those who practice Judaism secretly in their homes.

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 Inquisitor's Wife: A Novel of Renaissance Spain #ad - 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. The penalty for "crypto-Judaism": Burning at the stake.

Marisol garcia, a young conversa, a civil lawyer working for the Inquisition, is hurriedly wed to Gabriel, in hopes that he will protect her. 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.

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The Most Beautiful Woman in Florence: A Story of Botticelli

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St. Martin's Griffin #ad - The men of florence—most notably the rakish Giuliano de’ Medici—become enthralled with her beauty. Not to mention he is one of the powerful Medici family’s favored circle. Even before her marriage with marco is set, Simonetta is swept up into Lorenzo and Giuliano de’ Medici’s glittering circle of politicians, poets, artists, and philosophers.

Marco is young, handsome and well-educated. Botticelli immediately invites Simonetta, newly proclaimed the most beautiful woman in Florence, to pose for him. In the tradition of tracy chevalier’s girl with a pearl Earring, artist Sandro Botticelli, Palombo has married fine art with romantic historical fiction in this lush and sensual interpretation of Medici Florence, 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. But it is her acquaintance with a young painter, Sandro Botticelli, which strikes her heart most. That she is educated and an ardent reader of poetry makes her more desirable and fashionable still.

The Most Beautiful Woman in Florence: A Story of Botticelli #ad - As simonetta learns to navigate her marriage, one that leads to her immortalization in his masterpiece, her place in Florentine society, and the politics of beauty and desire, she and Botticelli develop a passionate intimacy, The Birth of Venus. 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.

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The Vatican Princess: A Novel of Lucrezia Borgia

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Ballantine Books #ad - 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. Beautifully wrought, rich with fascinating historical detail, The Vatican Princess is the first novel to describe Lucrezia’s coming-of-age in her own voice. 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.

But when she discovers the brutal truth behind her alliance, Lucrezia is plunged into a perilous gambit that will require all her wits, cunning, and guile. W. What results is a dramatic, where enemies and allies can be one and the same, vivid tale set in an era of savagery and unparalleled splendor, and where loyalty to family can ultimately be a curse.

Praise for the vatican princess“in a literary exploration riven with Shakespearean quantities of murder, architecture, deceptions, and art on the stage of ‘loud, filthy, Gortner’s narrative gains veracity with his atmospheric exploration of fashion, and treachery, lies, and dangerous’ Rome. For fans of philippa Gregory and Alison Weir, bestselling author C.

The Vatican Princess: A Novel of Lucrezia Borgia #ad - But rome is seductive and dangerous: Alliances shift at a moment’s notice as Italy’s ruling dynasties strive to keep rivals at bay. 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.

This unholy plunge into Rome’s darkest dynasty is wholly engrossing.

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Allegra: A Novel Set in the Italian Renaissance

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C. De Melo #ad - 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. In time, the exquisite jewelry designs of "La Castagna" are being praised in noble courts from Venice to Rome.

. 16th century florence, italy: Allegra Castagno harbors a secret so big that it can ruin her life and her father's reputation. Exceptionally talented, yet banned from the Florentine guilds, she devises a clever ruse in order to secretly ply her beloved craft. 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.

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The Birth of Venus: A Novel Reader's Circle

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Random House #ad - It brings alive the history of florence at its most dramatic period, and power through the passionate voice of Alessandra, telling a compulsively absorbing story of love, art, religion, a heroine with the same vibrancy of spirit as her beloved city. Alessandra cecchi is not quite fifteen when her father, a prosperous cloth merchant, brings a young painter back from northern Europe to decorate the chapel walls in the family’s Florentine palazzo.

Alessandra and her native city are caught between the Medici state, and dazzling art, with its love of luxury, learning, and the hellfire preaching and increasing violence of Savonarola’s reactionary followers. A child of the renaissance, with a precocious mind and a talent for drawing, Alessandra is intoxicated by the painter’s abilities.

But their burgeoning relationship is interrupted when Alessandra’s parents arrange her marriage to a wealthy, much older man. Meanwhile, florence is changing, increasingly subject to the growing suppression imposed by the fundamentalist monk Savonarola, who is seizing religious and political control.

The Birth of Venus: A Novel Reader's Circle #ad - Played out against this turbulent backdrop, Alessandra’s married life is a misery, except for the surprising freedom it allows her to pursue her powerful attraction to the young painter and his art. The birth of venus is a tour de force, the first historical novel from one of Britain’s most innovative writers of literary suspense.

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Sabina: A Novel Set in the Italian Renaissance

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C. De Melo #ad - An unexpected betrayal leaves Sabina facing a potential scandal. Now, she must pick up the pieces of her shattered life and save her reputation. 15th century florence, italy: Sabina Rossi's forced marriage comes to an abrupt end during the infamous Pazzi Conspiracy. The patriarchal society of Florence is full of secrets, and women who don't follow the rules suffer dire consequences.

Wealthy beyond her dreams, the young widow is free to pursue her passions—with the utmost discretion, of course. Three generations of Rossi women span the most intriguing period of Medici history in this stunning novel.

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