Daughter of Siena, Hardback
4.5 out of 5 (2 ratings)


The Palio Siena's famously dangerous and hard-fought horse race.

A year of planning, ten riders, three circuits of the piazza - and all over in a single moment.

But for two women watching far more than the coveted prize is at stake. For beautiful Pia of the Tolomei the Palio is her last hope of escaping a violent marriage. For Violante de Medici, isolated in her palace, it marks the start of what her enemies intend to be her last month as Siena's ruler.

The trumpets sound. And into the piazza rides an unknown horseman. What he does during the race will not only change the lives of Pia and Violante, but alter the course of the Medici dynasty itself...Alive with all the colour and rich historical detail that marks Marina Fiorato's work, Daughter of Siena is a dramatic and compelling story of treachery, courage and the power of love.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 400 pages
  • Publisher: John Murray General Publishing Division
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Historical fiction
  • ISBN: 9781848545618



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I really enjoyed this book. The thrill of the horse racing and the way it weaves itself throughout the city of Siena is truly captivating. I enjoyed the minor romance in the story and the characters kept me longing for more. This story is one of intrigue, passion, and conspiracy. I am very interested in reading more about this wonderful city and more from the author. The author opened me up to a whole new world of historical fiction that I don't normally read. Fantastic for a rainy day.

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A quick and enjoyable read: a chaste bodice-ripper of historical fiction. Eminently suitable for YA audience. 12+