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The Second Duchess by Elizabeth Loupas The Second Duchess

The Second Duchess by Elizabeth Loupas

A rich, compelling historical novel-and a mystery of royal intrigue.

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


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A rich, compelling historical novel-and a mystery of royal intrigue.

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 Medici. But no one dares accuse him, and no one has proof-least of all his second duchess, the far less beautiful but delightfully clever Barbara of Austria.

At first determined to ignore the rumors about her new husband, Barbara embraces the pleasures of the Ferrarese court. Yet wherever she turns she hears whispers of the first duchess's wayward life and mysterious death. Barbara asks questions-a dangerous mistake for a duchess of Ferrara. Suddenly, to save her own life, Barbara has no choice but to risk the duke's terrifying displeasure and discover the truth of Lucrezia's death-or she will share her fate.

ABOUT - Elizabeth Loupas
I live near the Elm Fork of the Trinity River, halfway between Dallas and Fort Worth, Texas.

One of my passions is the art and poetry of the Pre-Raphaelites. This led me to the Rossettis and the Brownings, and the project nearest and dearest to myheart—my debut historical novel The Second Duchess, based on Robert Browning’s poem “My Last Duchess.”

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.

I'm presently working on a new novel called The Silver Casket, featuring Mary Queen of Scots...moreI live near the Elm Fork of the Trinity River, halfway between Dallas and Fort Worth, Texas.

One of my passions is the art and poetry of the Pre-Raphaelites. This led me to the Rossettis and the Brownings, and the project nearest and dearest to myheart—my debut historical novel The Second Duchess, based on Robert Browning’s poem “My Last Duchess.”

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.

I'm presently working on a new novel called The Silver Casket, featuring Mary Queen of Scots, some secret quatrains of Nostradamus, and a girl who can read the future in flowers.


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Morton D. | 2 comments quite a wonderful subject- however did you come up with it?


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Elizabeth Loupas (elizabethloupas) | 3 comments Hi, Morton,

I was tutoring a high school student through an essay on "My Last Duchess," and it just popped into my head to wonder what the second wife would think about the whole business. I started researching and I was caught forever in the gorgeous and dangerous web of sixteenth-century Ferrara. :)

Best, Elizabeth


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