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Nasljednica firentinske loze Medici, Lucrezia udaje se za vojvodu od Ferrare, pristalog Alfonsa d’Estea. Brak je od početka prepun poteškoća i, kako vrijeme prolazi, Lucrezia se sve više otuđuje od supruga. Alfonso je, pak, pod sve većim pritiskom Vatikana koji mu prijeti oduzimanjem titule ukoliko ne bude u mogućnosti osigurati sebi nasljednika. Čini se da je jedino Alfon...more
Mass Market Paperback, Knjiga dostupna svima 131, 344 pages
Published June 29th 2012 by Znanje, Zagreb (first published August 5th 2010)
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Anna
The real-life story of whatever happened to Lucrezia de' Medici is intriguing. Why, then, was this book so slow? Where was the drama, the tension and the mystery, and why didn't I care about any of the characters?

I ended up skim-reading the second half after really struggling with the first. Very disappointing.
Jill
In July 1559, Tuscany sixteen year-old Lucrezia de' Medici is affianced to Alfonso, Duke of Ferrara. It is on the surface at least, a good match, the young, beautiful and wealthy Lucrezia and the handsome, intelligent and titled Alfonso. Three months later they are married. But it is on their wedding night that any hope of a fulfilled and happy marriage begins to unravel.

The marriage is left unconsummated, with Lucrezia feeling abandoned, unfulfilled and bewildered. Alfonso is mortified, ashamed...more
Rio (Lynne)
1.5 stars. I hate when you really look forward to a book and then you find yourself skimming and forcing yourself just to get through it. Lucrezia de Medici is one of those historical mysteries. A poem has been left in history about her "My Last Duchess" and historians want to know what happened to her? Alfonso, the controlling husband and Lucrezia the fun loving girl. Should make for a great novel right? The story never took off. It was very slow. The author didn't make me want to turn a page....more
Skylar Burris
I guess I'm a sucker for those Kindle daily deals. What a $15 book that's only 99 cents? And I've never heard of the book? I'll buy it anyway. After all, I did read that Robert Browning poem it's based on a couple of times...So it turned out to be something of a torrid and rather graphic Harlequin romance style book, with a higher vocabulary and more scenery. The one good thing about it was that the villain was not one dimensional as he very well could have been. Yet it was so predictable that I...more
SOS Aloha
I typically read Regency Romances where the aristocracy often travels to Italy to escape boredom (or creditors). HIS LAST DUCHESS gives romance readers the same opportunity to find a different venue outside the British Isles, learn about continental politics, and embrace Italy's glorious culture. What sets this book apart from cookie cutter historical romances is its foundation in historical facts. The characters were real and Ms. Kimm fills in the blanks of their unknown history.

In fact, Ms. K...more
Suzanne
Can't really decide between 2 or 3 stars. The first 100 pages really didn't grasp me so that part is 2 stars I'm afraid, but after that it got better and it would be 3, perhaps.

I liked: the characters of Lucrezia and Catalina - loved those girls right from the start / the details on fresco painting - very interesting!! / the ending with Chiara's dad - I normally don't like coinsedences but this wrapped it up so nicely it felt very satisfying / the fact that the poem was implemented at exactly th...more
Sarah
This novel disproves the adage "Never judge a book by its cover" while rendering homage to Shakespeare's judgment on the futility of gilding a lily. Despite its archetypal Romance-novel cover, I picked it up for titular reference to Robert Browning's (most famous?) dramatic monologue. I'm passionate about many of Browning's monologues, and as this is among the shorter ones, I've had it memorized and enjoyed repeating it for several years. In fact, I even recently thought of the far-off possibili...more
Aik Chien 인첸
If you want to read a good historical fiction, this book is what you need. Before marrying the Alfonso, Lucrezia lives a happy, free life with her parents. She expects her wedded life to be blissful and felicitous, but she does not understand the man under the admirable facade. He is actually a cold and distant man who cares little for his wife and only views her as a rare treasure.

Gabrielle has written this book in a way that readers will immediately connect with Lucrezia's pitiful condition an...more
SidneyKay
You say Lucrezia and I say Lucrezia

You probably don't know this, but one of my favorite historical peeps in the world was Lucrezia Borgia, so when His Last Duchess by Gabrielle Kimm was released I was very excited. However, even though my eyes were seeing the words Lucrezia de'Medici, my brain was interpreting those words as Lucrezia Borgia. So, when I began to read His Last Duchess nothing made sense. I mean really, I understand the words historical fiction. That is where you take history and c...more
Ana Luisa
Este é um livro simplesmente surpreendente. Um livro que desde o início me suscitou alguma curiosidade, sendo amante confessa de História muitos são os romances históricos que li e assim que que me foi apresentada a sua sinopse quis lê-lo de imediato. Esta é uma obra que, na minha opinião, se encontra muito bem documentada e que mostra a valiosa pesquisa que a autora fez.
Apesar de no início me ter parecido que iria ser uma história com muitas descrições e detalhes não muito importantes para a a...more
Victoria


This is a really well written book. It focuses more on the development of the characters and the plots rather than the history. However, the author has done a large amount of research on frescos and plaster work in this period to be able to write in such detail. The research shows on every little detail written. I'd recommend this book to anybody that wanted a good story(historical or not). I'm really looking forward to reading the next book written by Gabrielle Kimm, The Courtesans Lover.
Barbara
Cansou-me, mortalmente, mesmo!, ler as descrições exaustivas das tentativas de consumação do matrimónio desta desgraçada Lucrécia com o poderoso e muito maduro Afonso d'Este. a jovem esperava um casamento idílico, o homem era poderoso, bem apessoado , nobre, conhecido por ser um sedutor... Mas eis que algo que nunca se chega a entender o que é ao certo, faz com que o homem perca "o vigor" uma e outra vez e mais outra e outra ainda... e não é que a narradora não se esforce para nos fazer ver o qu...more
Elizabeth
An intriguing story line, the author spends little time getting you to really care about the characters. This makes it challenging to stay engaged and I confess I skipped a few chapters just to see how it turned out. The basic storyline is about a young woman of means is married off to a duke who it turns out is quite insane. After it is revealed that he is unable to consummate the marriage, the descent in to insanity appears to revolve around his paranoia about anyone finding out that he can't...more
Robin
I was hesitant to buy this after reading the sample. I found much of Lucrezia’s behavior to be childlike for her 16 years. I think the author is trying to portray her as spirited but it comes across to me as immature instead. At that age, she would be considered a woman and a woman uses her intellect and wit to be spirited, not by behaving like a child.

So why did I buy it? The Kindle version was on sale for only $0.99 - not much to lose and I was interested to see if it got better beyond the sam...more
Sue Uden
From the very first word to the very last word, I loved this book. I was entertained, educated and entranced. I was back there, in the 16th Century, living in Italy with Lucrezia and her deeply damaged and menacing husband Alfonso d'Este. I felt her pain, her losses and her passion. My mothering instincts identified with her nurse, Giulietta and her waiting-woman, Catelina. They, and I, desperately wanted to protect her from... well, you will have to read the book to find out what!

I have to say...more
The Readings of a Busy Mom Riaz
His last Duchess is Gabrielle Kimm's debut novel which is inspired by the poem 'My Last Duchess by Robert Browing'. The novel has become a fave amongst my shelves and stands proud with its beautiful cover(you know you all agree). Holding it in my hands once received and even smelling the pages for this novel wasn't enough to hold me content, so it rushed to the front of my TBR pile and boy I'm glad I did.

I was immediately seduced by His Last Duchess and grew very fond of the characters Lucrezia...more
Louise Graham
His Last Duchess is the debut novel by Author Gabrielle Kimm.

At just 16 years of age, it is Lucrezia de' Medici destiny to marry the fifth Duke of Ferrara, Alfonso d'Este. Despite her rose-tinted glasses of what marriage to a Duke would be like, she couldn't be any further from the reality!

With outside pressure from Vatican to produce an Heir to be able to keep the title within his family, this is not as easy as it should be. Alfonso becomes more resentful and distant towards his Duchess and run...more
Indiaskye
I really loved this book! The story, the setting, the characters, the writing --- everything was absolutely superb. Ms. Kimm's style of writing is so wonderfully descriptive without ever being overburdened by unnecessary details. Right from the start I was drawn completely into the story, and truly felt like I'd been transported right back to Renaissance Italy. In that way, reading this book felt very much like watching a movie --- the scenes unfolded right before my eyes.

The characters were all...more
Ivy
I am actually rating this 2 and a half stars, but since you can't give half stars, I am being generous. Gabrielle Kimm writes a novel based on a Browning poem about a man who admires a painting of his wife, but that admiration becomes hatred when it is clear that she met an untimely death.

Kimm writes her novel as historical fiction, setting the plot in Renaissance Italy. Lucrezia deMedici is a 16 year-old girl from a powerful family. She is betrothed to the heir of one of Italy's oldest and most...more
Heather
The famous Robert Browning poem is getting quite the novel treatment these days – his first duchess, Lucrezia de Medici, and star of the poem, is featured in His Last Duchess by Gabrielle Kimm while his second duchess, Barbara of Austria, is featured in His Second Duchess by Elizabeth Loupas. His Last Duchess by Kimm does a wonderful job of taking what is given in the poem and building an entire world around it. Almost every detail that is given in the poem is integrated in some way. Even if you...more
Patty
This is a tale of love and lust. Ms. Kimm does an excellent job of weaving the strings together to create a compelling story of love gone very wrong and lust unsatisfied. At least within the confines of the marriage of Lucrezia and Alfonse. That does not mean it isn't found elsewhere.
Based on the poem by Robert Browning called, His Last Duchess, Ms. Kimm recreates the sixteenth century in its glory.


Alfonse d'Este is desperate to produce an heir so that his 900 year old family line will continue...more
Abigail Yow
I really wanted to give this a higher rating, I really did but sadly, the one thing that prevented a higher grading allocation was the writing. This is in no way the fault of the author. I just couldn't get into the writing.

His last duchess tells the story of a young de' Medici heiress, Lucrezia married to the Duke of Ferrara - Alfonso D'Este. At a tender age of 16, she could easily imagine herself settling into marriage with the perpetually black-clad Duke. However, Lucrezia soon finds herself...more
Deborah Swift
This is the sort of book to take away with you on a wet weekend as it immediately conjures a sense of the hot sun of Renaissance Italy.

One of Gabrielle Kimm's strengths is that she is able to convey that heat and light to someone like me, sitting in Cumbria with the grey rain sheeting down outside. Her other strength is in describing the minutiae of life in a Tuscan estate, including a wonderful description of the kitchens, the intricacies of falconry, the manufacture of lime, and most of all th...more
Christy B
I very much enjoyed this novel that takes place in 16th century Italy. Inspired more by Robert Browning's poem than actual history, His Last Duchess tells the story of Lucrezia de' Medici, daughter of Cosimo I de' Medici and the ill-fated first wife of Alfonso II d'Este, Duke of Modena and Ferrara.

Seeing as how Lucrezia was 16 at the time of her death, we see her as a very spirited young woman. Her death has always been clouded in mystery, so I was interested in how Kimm was going to end her li...more
Amanda
It was really interesting reading this book after reading Elizabeth Loupas' The Second Duchess earlier this year, which was about Lucrezia's successor -and the second wife of Alfonso of Ferrara, Barbara of Austria. Much of the plot in The Second Duchess revolved around solving the mystery of Lucrezia's death, which was long-rumored to be at Alfonso's hand. While The Second Duchess takes a very different approach to Lucrezia's death and Alfonso's personality, it was very interesting to read two c...more
Colleen Turner
This is really a 4.5 stars read! I read this book for www.luxuryreading.com and am so glad I did. Here is the review:

Having recently read two others books that touched on Lucrezia de Medici and her Medici brethren, I was extremely excited to jump into His Last Duchess. Unlike The Second Duchess, which painted Lucrezia as a wanton, rather callous woman, and Murder of a Medici Princess, which barely mentioned her as more than a tool in her family’s quest for further power and notoriety, His Last D...more
Jean V. Naggar Literary
“Sultry and deeply intimate...A vivid portrayal of the teenage bride [Lucrezia de’Medici] and the glittering but dangerously political world into which she was born...Kimm...writes with elegance and seductive charm as she weaves her magic on a rich and colourful story of love and hatred, obsession and intrigue. Beautifully descriptive, full of fascinating period detail and simmering with tension and sexual chemistry, His Last Duchess is a love story to savour.” --Lancashire Evening Post (UK)

“A s...more
Jennifer
The poem "My Last Duchess" by Robert Browning is one of my favorites. I have read another novel that was also based upon this poem, "The Second Duchess" by Elizabeth Loupas, which was a great novel. This poem is very much a poem that inspires you to read between the lines, and that is exactly what Gabrielle Kimm has done in order to create her novel "His Last Duchess".
Set in Renaissance Italy, it tells the tale of the Duke of Ferrara's first wife and duchess, Lucrezia de'Medici. The female prota...more
Cynthia Mcarthur
This book is not only the story of the twisted Duke of Ferrera, Alfonso and his wife Lucrezia de Medici, but also of a whole group of people who rely on the two for support, either financially or emotionally. When Lucrezia and the Duke marry, Lucrezia is looking forward to her new life as wife, mother, Duchess. On their wedding night, the sadistic Duke finds that he can't reconcile his perfect still-life image of what his Duchess should be with the real girl in front of him, and thus begins two...more
Bubbles
This book held so much promise that it ultimately did not deliver on. Perhaps it was my fault for expecting too much from it, or maybe I was disappointed because I was expecting a gritty historical novel and was handed instead a sappy historical romance whose other man just happens to be a dark, brooding asshole that makes it seem like it will be a gritty historical novel. Whatever the reason, this book did not live up to my expectations.

The plot itself isn’t even adequately described on the ba...more
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I am the author of three historical novels, all published by Sphere: 'His Last Duchess' (Sphere 2010), 'The Courtesan's Lover' (Sphere 2011) and 'The Girl with the Painted Face (Sphere 2013).

I live and work in West Sussex - writing and teaching English in a tiny performing arts school.





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