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
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.
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
In The Second Duchess she t...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
Lucrezia d’Este ist tot. Doch damit ist es nicht genug. Sie ist imobila, das heißt, sie ist ein Geist, der mit anschauen muss, wie das Leben ohne sie am Hofe der Este in Italien, genauer Ferrara, weitergeht.
Die zweite Herzogin:
Barbara von Habsburg, nicht mehr ganz so jung – genauer sechsundzwanzig – ist zwar eine gute, aber keine besonders hübsche Partie: Mit der Habsburger Lippe sieht sie eher aus wie ein Pferdegesicht. Ein Grund, warum Lucrezia d’Estes Geist Barbara auch la...more
So what is it about? Barbara of Austria, sister of the Emper...more
Won this book as part of the goodreads first-reads program.
This was probably a 3.5 star actual rating...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 SECOND DUCHESS is set in the beautiful northern Italian province of Ferrara, and revolves around Barbara of Austria who marries Alphonso, the Duke of Ferrara. The Duke's first marriage to Lucrezia de' Medici ended with an untimely death, and rumors abound that he might have been responsible for it.
Barbara, at twenty-six and not known for her beauty but for her independence and intelligence, is determined to find out what happened to...more
It opens in December of 1565 on the wedding day of Alfonso d’Este, Duke of Ferrara, and Barbara of Austria. Barbara is full of excitement about life in the beautiful Italian court full of painters, musicians, and religious men and women, and is more intrigued than threatened by rumors that her new husband murdered his first wife....more
The Second Duchess by Elizabeth Loupas
publisher: New American Library (penguin)
release date: March 2011
book info: goodreads author
from Amazon… 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...more
The story, set in the 16th century Italian city-state of Ferrara, surrounds the mystery behind the death of the stunningly beautiful and youthful first Duchess of Ferrara, Lucrezia Medici; the Duke, Alfonso d’Este, was rumored to have murdered her. The Duke has...more
Historical Romance -March 1st, 2011
Barbara is part of Austria’s illustrious Hapsburg family. She is the sister of the Emperor and selected as the bride of the Duke of Ferrara, Alfonso d’Este. But when she arrives at the duke’s court, she is dazzled by the sumptuous elegance and blinding magnificence. But all that glitters is not gold. Beneath all the beauty, terrible secrets and ugly power struggles lay wait to trap Barbara and to doom her marriage....more
I was traveling to Portland, Oregon for a business meeting, so I had plenty of time to read while traveling from one coast to the other. Since I was only there for Monday's meeting, I had to make t...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..^
The story is a fictional account of an investigation by the new Duchess into the mysterious death of the first Duchess. From the moment Barbara arrives in Ferrara as the Duke’s new bride, she is besieged by rumors that her new husband k...more
Barbara tries to solve the mystery while...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
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