The Second Duchess

The Second Duchess

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In a city-state known for magnificence, where love affairs and conspiracies play out amidst brilliant painters, poets and musicians, the powerful and ambitious Alfonso d'Este, Duke of Ferrara, takes a new bride. Half of Europe is certain he murdered his first wife, Lucrezia, the luminous child of the Medici. But no one dares accuse him and no one has proof - least of all his second duchess, the far less beautiful but delightfully clever Barbara of Austria.
Publisher: New York : New American Library, 2011
ISBN: 9780451232151
Branch Call Number: LOUP
Characteristics: 376 p

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Nov 03, 2011

Written in two different voices this makes for a very interesting read. For historical fiction lovers this book will paint life as it was complete with intrigue, villians and vixens in the royal households. The mystery unfolds with good characterization and sympathy for characters. Recommended for a good afternoon escape into the world of the second duchess and her arogant and dominating duke with a good balance of the politics and day to day life of royals.

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