Aug 02, 11
A surprisingly good and detailed read! My mother gave this book to me after finding it in the bargain bin, and I was skeptical of the quality. However, it was a wonderful story of two powerful Italian ladies in Milan and Mantua in the early 15th century. Their competitiveness and lives are highlighted by the inclusion of Leonardo as Beatrice's in-house artist, which irks sister Isabella throughout the years. While much of it is historically inaccurate, the characterization and realism of the characters made this book a quick and enjoyable read.