The Second Duchess (Paperback)
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The Second Duchess (Paperback)

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Paperback 432 Pages / Published: 08/05/2014
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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.

Publisher: Cornerstone
ISBN: 9780099576396
Number of pages: 432
Weight: 298 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 26 mm


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"Think The Other Boleyn Girl meets Rebecca" * C.S. Harris, author of the Sebastian St Cyr mystery series *
"The Second Duchess is one of those rare books that have everything; an engaging plot, well drawn characters, luxurious locations and a thrilling final denouement. This book will delight fans of historical fiction and offers something a little different from other books of the genre." * Bookbag *
"The historical mystery at the heart of this excellent novel kept me turning pages late into the night, even as I admonished myself to slow down and savour the feast for the senses laid out on each page. The story was compelling and the voice utterly intriguing" * Brenda Rickman Vantrease, author of The Heretic's Wife *

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