The Scarlet Contessa: A Novel of the Italian Renaissance
Historical fiction author Jeanne Kalogridis tells the remarkable story of Caterina Sforza, daughter of the Duke of Milan and the bravest warrior Renaissance Italy ever knew.
Daughter of the Duke of Milan and wife of the conniving Count Girolamo Riario, Caterina Sforza was the bravest warrior Renaissance Italy ever knew. She ruled her own lands, fought her own battles, and o...more
Told through the eyes of Caterina's lady in waiting, Dea, the book sweeps the reader from the glamorous barbarism of the Sforza court to the vicious intrigues of Rome and insular sav ...more
Este livro tem dois pontos de incontornável interesse, Catarina Sforza uma figura impar e os Borgia.
Catarina Sforza «famosa por sua audácia no amor e na guerra», dominava ambas as artes! Com um apurado sentido prático, uma perspicácia politica e militar que sobressaia e a destacava. Era adorada por uns e temida por outros.
Esta é a época dos Borgia, a incontornável família espanhola/italiana da renascença italiana, que conseguiu “produzir ...more
Whew! Especially since The Scarlet Contessa seemed to be the only novel -- indeed, the only book -- devoted to Sf ...more
I will take some of the responsibility for this being a miss, because I knew to some extent that the Sforzas of Milan weren't exactly humanitarians, but there wasn't a single character in this book I liked even a little bit. Virtually everyone in the story is selfish, mean, greedy and violent. And while I can cut them a little slack understanding how dog-eat-dog this period of history was, ...more
The Scarlet Contessa by Jeanne Kalogridis is a novel of the Italian renaissance. As a tale of romance, mystery, dark fantasy, and historical fiction, I found this book amazing!
This is the author's fourth book. While I have never read any of her other book, they all take place in the European renaissance. Kalogidis is a very dedicated author having done a year of research to prepare to write this novel.
This book revolves around a real person, Caterina Sforza the Countess of Forlì. W ...more
I bought this book because previouly I have read The Borgia Bride which was really really interesting and exciting and other books of the author which I found pretty good. So when I heard that she wrote another one about Caterina Sforza who in my opinion is was one of the most fascinating woman of the reneissance, I naturally ordered it. If only I knew that this book was more about her lady-in-waiting good friend and her triumph cards and this ridiculous superstitious nonsense ...more
The writing was good, but I don't think the story was my cup of tea. The blurb offers a novel of Caterina Sforza, but this is really a story about a maid in her household, and her (view spoiler)[psychic 'sights' and abilities with tarot cards (hide spoiler)]. There's nothing wrong with this, of course, but it isn't the story I wanted to read.
Despite my disappointment in this story, I would try another novel by this author. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>
But there is a lot of confusion and lack of motivation.
Recommended with these warnings.
Some books I find hard to get into and this was one of those...I'd started this book last year after being distracted by ...more
The story is told by the fictional character of her attendant/sister. I'm so glad that the author created D ...more
I generally like novels about the Renaissance period in history and know someone who can trace their ancestry back to Madame Sforza so it seemed like a good book for me.
The tale, as does reality, also includes the famour Borgia family and their evil is closely intertwi ...more
Jeanne nasceu na Florida em Dezembro de 1954, e desde aí que adora livros. Estudou Russo e Microbiologia, e depois foi secretária dois anos, acabando por regressar aos estudos, onde se formou ainda em Linguística e Linguística Computacional, esta última apenas por diversão. Durante oito anos foi professora de Inglês na universidade até desistir para se dedicar à escrita a tempo inteiro.
Publicou o seu primeiro livro em 1994, ...more
At the start of Kalogridis' portrayal, Caterina is easy to dislike. We come to know her through a fictional character, her half-sister and lady-in-waiting, Dea. Caterina is spoiled and foolish in her youth, but then ...more
I found this book a bit slow to get into - I had to start it over again a couple of times - but once I got absorbed, I couldn't put it down. I knew Kalogridis was taking as many liberties with history as does Philippa Gordon, yet I found her to be better at it, and it was far less irksome. It is a tribute to her lushly descri ...more
That was soon followed by a two-year stint as a legal secretary. The good part about that was, I learned how to type, which comes in useful these days. Then ...more