The Marriage Portrait: Exclusive Edition (Paperback)
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The Marriage Portrait: Exclusive Edition (Paperback)

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Paperback 448 Pages
Published: 06/07/2023

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Waterstones Says

O'Farrell paints as evocative a picture of Renaissance Italy as she did Shakespearean England in the former Waterstones Book of the Year Hamnet, as Cosimo de' Medici's third daughter learns to navigate an opaque Florentine court and an enigmatic new husband.

Shortlisted for The British Book Awards 2023 Fiction Book of the Year

Waterstones Exclusive Edition - double cover with inside printing and exclusive content

A Standard Edition is also available

The Marriage Portrait is a dazzling evocation of the Italian Renaissance in all its beauty and brutality.

Winter, 1561. Lucrezia, Duchess of Ferrara, is taken on an unexpected visit to a country villa by her husband, Alfonso. As they sit down to dinner it occurs to Lucrezia that Alfonso has a sinister purpose in bringing her here. He intends to kill her.

Lucrezia is sixteen years old, and has led a sheltered life locked away inside Florence's grandest palazzo. Here, in this remote villa, she is entirely at the mercy of her increasingly erratic husband.

What is Lucrezia to do with this sudden knowledge? What chance does she have against Alfonso, ruler of a province, and a trained soldier? How can she ensure her survival.

The Marriage Portrait is an unforgettable reimagining of the life of a young woman whose proximity to power places her in mortal danger.

Publisher: Headline Publishing Group
ISBN: 9781035409648
Number of pages: 448
Dimensions: 198 x 129 mm

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“Simply unmissable..”

Maggie O’Farrell tells the little known story of Lucrezia, a daughter of Cosimo di Medici who, aged 16 is married to Alfonso, Duke of Ferrara and within a year and a half she was dead.

Lucrezia slowly tells us about... More

Hardback edition
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“Utterly brilliant”

Wow! I’m ashamed to admit that Hamnet was the first book I read by O’Farrell and I wasn’t sure if it was a one-off belter so I’m thrilled to discover that The Marriage Portrait is equally superb. A perfect blend of... More

Hardback edition
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“Storytelling at it’s finest!”

Upon reading Robert Browning’s brilliant 1842 poem, My Last Duchess, Maggie O’Farrell was inspired to investigate the titular duchess further. On seeing a photographic image of the 1560’s Bronzino portrait of... More

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