Its target: conversos, Christians of Jewish descent—specifically those who practice Judaism secretly in their homes. 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.
The Inquisitor's Wife: A Novel of Renaissance Spain #ad - The penalty for "crypto-Judaism": Burning at the stake. Marisol garcia, a young conversa, is hurriedly wed to Gabriel, a civil lawyer working for the Inquisition, in hopes that he will protect her. 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 Orphan of Florence: A NovelSt. Martin's Griffin #ad - She accepts the job and begins smuggling his talismans throughout the city. 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 man claims to be a cabalist, a student of Jewish mysticism and ritual magic, who works for the most powerful families in 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. She chose neither, and after refusing an elderly suitor, Giulia escaped onto the streets of Florence.
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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. Accused of the magician's murder, giulia is pursued by the handsome policeman Niccolo, Lorenzo's henchmen, she must not only solve the mystery of the mystery of the Magician's murder, and in order to survive, and foreign spies, but that of her own past.
But the talismans are not what they seem, and neither is the Magician.
The Devil's Queen: A Novel of Catherine de MediciSt. Martin's Press #ad - 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 . 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.
. Bartholomew's day massacre, Catherine de Medici is one of the most maligned monarchs in history. Born into one of florence's most powerful families, Catherine was soon left a fabulously rich heiress by the early deaths of her parents. Against the lavish and decadent backdrop of the french court, Henry, Kalogridis reveals the great love and desire Catherine bore for her husband, and Catherine's blood-soaked visions of the future, and her stark determination to keep her sons on the throne.
The Devil's Queen: A Novel of Catherine de Medici #ad - . But all too well. Confidante of nostradamus, scheming mother-in-law to Mary, Queen of Scots, and architect of the bloody St. 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.
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.
The Scarlet Contessa: A Novel of the Italian RenaissanceSt. Martin's Press #ad - 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.
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. She ruled her own lands, fought her own battles, and openly took lovers whenever she pleased.
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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.
I, Mona LisaSt. 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. But when guiliano, meets a tragic end, treachery, Lisa must gather all her courage and cunning to untangle a sinister web of illicit love, her love, 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. The shock of the murder ripples throughout the great city, to a wealthy wool merchant and his extraordinarily beautiful daughter, from the most renowned artists like Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo, Madonna Lisa.
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The Borgia Bride: A NovelSt. Martin's Griffin #ad - Some say lucrezia has poisoned her rivals, Cesare, particularly those to whom her handsome brother, has given his heart. Caught in the borgias' sinister web, she summons her courage and uses her cunning to outwit them at their own game. 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. Vivacious sancha of aragon arrives in Rome newly wed to a member of the notorious Borgia dynasty. Vividly interweaving historical detail with fiction, loyalty, The Borgia Bride is a richly compelling tale of conspiracy, sexual intrigue, and drama.
Sabina: A Novel Set in the Italian RenaissanceC. De Melo #ad - Wealthy beyond her dreams, the young widow is free to pursue her passions—with the utmost discretion, of course. 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.
An unexpected betrayal leaves Sabina facing a potential scandal. Three generations of Rossi women span the most intriguing period of Medici history in this stunning novel. Now, she must pick up the pieces of her shattered life and save her reputation.
The Queen's Vow: A Novel of Isabella of CastileBallantine Books #ad - As they unite their two realms under “one crown, one faith, one country, ” Isabella and Fernando face an impoverished Spain beset by enemies. With the future of her throne at stake, Isabella resists the zealous demands of the inquisitor Torquemada even as she is seduced by the dreams of an enigmatic navigator named Columbus.
. A masterwork by a skilled craftsman. A well-researched, intriguing historical. Bookreporter. Suspected of treason and held captive, torn between loyalties, until at age seventeen she suddenly finds herself heiress of Castile, she treads a perilous path, the largest kingdom in Spain. She is a very human and appealing character.
The Queen's Vow: A Novel of Isabella of Castile #ad - The roanoke times “Politically charged, passionate. Plunged into a deadly conflict to secure her crown, she is determined to wed the one man she loves yet who is forbidden to her—Fernando, prince of Aragón.
Forbidden: A Novel Set in Medieval England#ad - His faith is further tested by Gweneth, the woman who haunts his thoughts and stirs forbidden desires. The only clue to nicodemus's past is the ruby crucifix found in his swaddling clothes when he was abandoned at a monastery. Set in 12th century england, forbiddeN is a compelling tale of sibling rivalry, deception, greed, and a knight's honor.
The boy grows up to become a fierce Templar who fights for God, but the gruesome carnage of battle weighs heavily upon his conscience.
Allegra: A Novel Set in the Italian RenaissanceC. De Melo #ad - 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. In time, the exquisite jewelry designs of "La Castagna" are being praised in noble courts from Venice to Rome.
Exceptionally talented, yet banned from the Florentine guilds, she devises a clever ruse in order to secretly ply her beloved craft. 16th century florence, italy: Allegra Castagno harbors a secret so big that it can ruin her life and her father's reputation. Faced with a serious dilemma, bianca Cappello, she seeks the help of her scandalous friend, lover of the powerful Francesco de' Medici.
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RUTHLESS: A Novel Set in Gothic Verona#ad - Starving and cold, she wanders the streets in search of honest work but her efforts are fruitless. Agata flees from Verona to Venice with nothing but the clothes on her back. She eventually finds temporary respite in the sordid world of prostitution, but the sobering reality of human cruelty destroys her innocence.
Determined to secure her financial and social future, Cangrande I della Scala, she aids the Veronese warlord, in committing vile acts that will earn her a place in Hell. Brimming with suspense and sensuality, RUTHLESS offers readers a glimpse into the intriguing yet brutal world of fourteenth century Italian life.
RUTHLESS: A Novel Set in Gothic Verona #ad - Accused of witchcraft, she prefers to risk the unknown than face the terrifying charge. Although she is handsomely compensated, she wants more—and she'll do whatever it takes to get it. This riveting novel features Cangrande "Big Dog", a fascinating historical character seldom seen in literature.