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
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
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
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
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
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
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
"The Scarlet Contessa" by Jeanne Kalogrdis tells the story of Caterina Sforza, one of the most powerful women in Renaissance Italy, told through the perspective of her lady-in-waiting, Dea: a woman who has the special gift of being able to read triumph cards. Caterina Sforza was one of the most fascinating women of her time. She took control of her own lands, waged war against her enemies, and was able to hold h ...more
Não há dúvida nenhuma que Catarina Sforza é uma personagem histórica de extremo interesse - uma mulher ambiciosa, corajosa e determinada que insistiu em desempenhar papeis re ...more
Jeanne Kalogridis pega numa personagem fictícia, Dea, suposta meia-irmã de Catar ...more
Time of Lorenzo d'Meici, the magnificent.
Pope Alexander VI--Rodrigo Borgia (very evil) Father of Lucrezia.
Caterina Sforza life story told by her lady-in-waiting.
Her son was Giovanni d' Medici, one of italy's most famous mercenaries. His son, Cosimos d'Medici, became the First Grand Duke of Tuscany.
Vatican means vacant, uninhabitableThe land on which it is built aquired its name in the first few decades after Christ's death, when Caligula's mother, Agrippina had ordered the marsh ...more
The novel follows the trials and journeys of Caterina Sforza from her childhood as the daughter of a powerful yet woman abusing Duke of Milan to her later years as the Contessa of Forli after becoming the wife of one of Pope Sixtus's less than lovable sons and everything between including shifting loyalties and dealings with the Borgias and Medic ...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