This is a dazzling tale of love, sumptuous splendour and conspiracy in the Italian Renaissance court of Ferrara, from the brilliant author of The Flower Reader.
Barbara of Austria is plain, quick-witted and sensible.
She also desperately needs a husband, for unmarried at twenty-six, she is about to be packed off to a convent, like her sisters before her.
So it is that she seizes what seems to be her last chance - a proposal of marriage from Alfonso d'Este, Duke of Ferrara, Lucrezia Borgia's grandson, clever, handsome, powerful - and widely believed to have murdered his first wife, Lucrezia de Medici.
Barbara goes into her marriage clear-eyed, fascinated by her dangerous, enigmatic new husband - and increasingly - recklessly - driven to discover the truth about the death of his first duchess.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 336 pages
- Publisher: Cornerstone
- Publication Date: 25/04/2013
- Category: Historical fiction
- ISBN: 9781848093836