The Scarlet Contessa

The Scarlet Contessa

A Novel of the Italian Renaissance

Book - 2010
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What Philippa Gregory has done for Tudor England, Jeanne Kalogridis does for Renaissance Italy. 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. She ruled her own lands, fought her own battles, and openly took lovers whenever she pleased.Her remarkable tale is told by her lady-in-waiting, Dea, a woman knowledgeable in reading the "triumph cards," the predecessor of modern-day Tarot. 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. However, Dea's reading of the cards reveals that Caterina cannot withstand a third and final invader--none other than Cesare Borgia, son of the corrupt Pope Alexander VI, 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.
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, c2010.
ISBN: 9780312369538
Characteristics: 454 p. ;,25 cm.


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Jul 08, 2012

thank you sgnorman
i hate books with gratuitous sex. i read historical fiction because my time spent reading serves two purposes, 1) to learn, and 2) to relax
I hate borrowing a dud!

RenGrrl Aug 26, 2011

Fans of the Borgias will enjoy Jeanne Kalogridis. Also try The Borgia Bride.

Jul 25, 2011

Had heard this was a great author and she is. Very well written and very well characterised.

Jun 03, 2011

Good Read. The story is very interesting.. Read the book in 4 days. *****

ehbooklover Dec 27, 2010

Another well researched novel set in Renaissance Italy by Kalogridis, this time focussing on the life of Caterina Sforza. My only complaint is that the reader doesn't really get to know Caterina in-depth as the story is told from the point of view of a fictional lady-in-waiting named Dea.

Dec 06, 2010

very historical, slow but nice, the end was not as good as i envisioned though

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