The Second Duchess
A rich, compelling historical novel-and a mystery of royal intrigue. 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... show more
A rich, compelling historical novel-and a mystery of royal intrigue. 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. At first determined to ignore the rumors about her new husband, Barbara embraces the pleasures of the Ferrarese court. Yet wherever she turns she hears whispers of the first duchess's wayward life and mysterious death. Barbara asks questions-a dangerous mistake for a duchess of Ferrara. Suddenly, to save her own life, Barbara has no choice but to risk the duke's terrifying displeasure and discover the truth of Lucrezia's death-or she will share her fate.
Publish date: March 1st 2011
Publisher: New American Library
Pages no: 369
Edition language: English
, Adult Fiction
, Historical Fiction
, Historical Romance
, Historical Mystery
, 16th Century
40. THE SECOND DUCHESS, BY ELIZABETH LOUPASThis book was recommended to me by a friend who shares my love for historical fiction. (I suppose I have a love for every genre of books, but I do like historical fiction a lot.) She said it was a bit different from other historical fiction books. I’d have ...
So far, my favourite book of 2012
Leave it to a woman to never be satisfied with the story of the first wife, she must figure out by herself if the story that is floating around is the true story, or if there is something else at play. Barbara, Duchess of Ferrara is bound and determined to do just that. She sets off after her weddin...
The Second Duchess is entirely different from what I usually read; ergo, I had no idea what to expect from this book. Which is why it was surprising when it turned out to be an extremely interesting and thoroughly delightful read. Barbara is an archduchess from Austria, betrothed to the duke of Ferr...
One of the best books I read in 2011! The story of Alfonso d’Este’s second wife Barbara (his first being the young Lucrezia de Medici, the subject of Robert Browning’s poem “My Last Duchess”) is well written and full of Renaissance Italy detail. Loupas presents Barbara as a smart, likeable heroine...