The Second Duchess
In a city-state known for magnificence, where love affairs and conspiracies play out amidst brilliant painters, poets and musicians, the powerful and ambitious Alfonso d'Este, duke of Ferrara, takes a new bride. Half of Europe is certain he murdered his first wife, Lucrezia, the luminous child of the Med...more
Me at the beginning of this book- I don’t like Barbara. I don’t get what is going on.
Obviously, I went through quite a transformation from the beginning of this book to the end. Why am I telling you this? Because if you do decide to pick it up, DO NOT SET IT BACK DOWN! Seriously, I’m so happy I continued to read this book.
Ok, enough of my ranting.
Barbara- She is the daughter of an Emper...more
Lets see now, What did I expect when I started this book??
A murder mystery with some history lessons
That is exactly what this book is. Nothing more nothing less
The story begins with the wedding of Barbara of Austria to the Duke of Ferrara. Far less beautiful and older than the first duchess of Ferrara Lucrezia De Medici, Barbara...more
I couldn't help but admire Barbara of Austria, second Duchess of Ferrara, a woman who stood up for her...more
Barbara is an archduchess from Austria, betrothed to the duke of Ferrara. Said duke's first wife dies under very suspicious circumstances and everyone believes the duke to be the murderer. Despite her misgivings, Barbara is determined to be the ultimate wife and duches...more
Except for the Duke, I loved this book. It had just the right amount of mystery, suspense, lustiness, descriptive details, and historical tidbits to keep me thoroughly entertained. The Duchess could have used just a bit more fiestiness, but she surprised me in the end. Considering the precarious situation she was in, I think she handled things very well. She even spoke up to the Duke at one point and I literally cheered...more
Elizabeth Loupas has written a beautifully descriptive novel, rich in historical detail and taut with suspense. Based on Robert Browning's poem The Last Duchess, Elizabeth...more
Really a 4.5 star read!
Set in Renaissance Italy, this book has it all--mystery, intrigue and a rich evocative atmosphere, as well as wonderful historical detail. It is well researched and well written with characters who are refreshingly different from what you so often find in currently popular historical fiction. Very enjoyable and highly recommended.
The publishers have also done a great job, gracing it with a beautiful cover, and I particularly like that a copy of the Robert Browning poem fro...more
An intriguing mystery, and an imaginative and entertaining read...slightly spoilt by the madcap reveal. The author has a thoughtful style, and I expected the reveal to be handled in a similar vein, so was surprised and disappointed when she took the OTT route of a more sensationalist writer instead. An otherwise easy and enjoyable read though.
When I picked this book up I didn’t know anything about it other than what I read on the back blurb. Part of the fun for me in reading historical fiction is becoming intrigued by facts i...more
I am... indescribably impressed by this novel! And, I will confess, genuinely surprised. When I picked it up I thought it would be a fairly run-of-the-mill historical, elevated a little by the fact that it's based around my FAVOURITE poem ever, Browning's "My Last Duchess", but nothing to write home about. But it's actually a brilliantly subtle, wonderfully characterised page-turner of a mystery with a really original and brave interpretation of the historical and literary record, and I can't re...more
İlk defa okuduğum bir yazardı.Düşesin Zaferi Goodreads puanı 5/3,91 Benim puanım 5/4 Başlarda biraz sıkıldım itiraf edeyim..Ama sayfalar ilerleyip ben hikayeye ısınınca benim nazarımda kitap açıldı..
Roman daha çok Tarihsel Kurgu ve polisiye üzerine kurgulanmıştı..Gerçekçi bir uslupla yazılmıştı..Rönesans İtalya'sında geçiyordu..Geçtiği dönemi de pek sevmesem de hikaye içine çekiverdi beni...Buda çevirinin de büyük bir payı vardı..Çeviri de problem hissetmedim..^
Anything Renaissance Italy interests me anyway but with the added detail of a little know Hapsburg bride, my fascination was on overload. I find the whole Hapsburg dynasty to be so interesting, the way they inter-married and at one point were ruling half of Europe.
Anyway, back to the book... Loupas mixes the story of Alfonso D'Este, his marriage to his se...more
Apparently the Duke of Ferrara has long been suspected of killing his first bride, the flighty Lucrezia de Medici. When his second wife, Barbara of Austria, moves to Ferrara it is immediately put into her head that the first duchess was murdered...more
So what is it about? Barbara of Austria, sister of the Emper...more
In The Second Duchess she t...more
It's a historical fiction of the real Alfonso d'Este, his second duchess Barbara of Austria and his first wife Lucrezia de Medici.
Barbara married Alfonso d'este when she was 26. She is the daughter of emperor and sister of emperor, a coup for Alfonso d'este. Her social standing and bloodline is unquestionable. Unlike his first wife Lucrezia de Medici who comes from the upstart family of Medici who comes from common ancestors of bankers.
Upon first coming...more
The protagonist, the Archduchess Barbara of Austria, is by her own admission, l...more
wonderfully written with rich detail,
and a well drawn heroine who certainly
deserves center stage. there is intrigue,
plots and murder. the climax had my
heart thumping! i loved that it was
inspired and based much on a poem by
definitely recommended to everyone who
loves historicals and mysteries or simply
a well written novel that will whisk you
away to another time and place.
can't wait to read more from loupas.
The Flower Reader was a novel of enjoyable conceit from Elizabeth Loupas, but I found The Second Duchess to be a real delight.
I instantly liked Barbara, the novel’s protagonist, and, as many other reviewers have pointed out, she’s a strong female character of just the sort I love. Despite being repeatedly hammered over the head with the fact that she isn’t as beautiful as her new husband’s late wife, Barbara doesn’t let this bother her too much, discovering her own form of attractiveness over th...more
I hate housework, cold weather, and wearing shoes. I love animals, gardens, and popcorn. Not surprisingly I live in a state of happy barefoot chaos with my delightful and faintly bemused husband (the Broadcasting Legend™), my herb garden, my popcorn popper, and two beagles.