Alla Corte Dei Borgia

Autore: Jeanne Kalogridis
Editore: Longanesi
ISBN: 8830429074
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Fine del XV secolo. L’Italia è divisa tra signorie, territori della Chiesa, repubbliche marinare, zone d’influenza di potenti e aggressivi vicini quali la Francia e la Spagna. Uno scacchiere dove insieme alle arti e alla poesia si coltivano l’intrigo e il tradimento. Al centro di tutto c’è la famiglia Borgia: Rodrigo, salito al soglio pontificio con il nome di Alessandro VI, Cesare, cardinale con ambizioni politiche, e Lucrezia, ambigua seduttrice. Da Firenze il monaco Savonarola invoca la fine del mondo, per tutto il paese si muovono eserciti mercenari. Sancia d’Aragona, erede del regno di Napoli, viene data in sposa a Goffredo Borgia, uno dei figli illegittimi del papa. Un matrimonio politico, di convenienza, che proietterà una giovane d’animo gentile, alla ricerca dell’amore, in un mondo di invidie e lussuria. Sancia dovrà scoprire a sue spese di aver ereditato dal nonno Ferrante un carattere combattivo, necessario per la sopravvivenza sua e di coloro che ama, tra i quali il fratello minore Alfonso, più ingenuo e meno smaliziato di lei, promesso sposo proprio a Lucrezia. Per potersi sottrarre alla trama di inganni e tradimenti, Sancia non può fare affidamento su nessuno se non sul suo stiletto e sulla canterella, il mitico veleno dei Borgia, unica arma in grado di sconfiggerli. Un romanzo storico appassionante, dove intrigo, amore e suspense s’intrecciano come nei migliori thriller.

La Regina Maledetta

Autore: Jeanne Kalogridis
Editore: Longanesi
ISBN: 8830428426
Grandezza: 78,62 MB
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La sovrana è sola nei suoi appartamenti. Ha congedato anche le dame di compagnia, contravvenendo a ogni etichetta di corte: l’incontro che sta per avvenire non deve avere testimoni. Perché l’ospite di Caterina de’ Medici, quell’ometto zoppicante dai lunghi capelli grigi, è messer Nostradamus, maestro dell’occulto. A lui Caterina vuol chiedere l’interpretazione dei sogni di morte che la tormentano sin dall’infanzia, a lui vuol chiedere una rassicurazione per il futuro dei propri figli, ma soprattutto da lui vuole una spiegazione sulla trentacinquesima quartina delle Profezie, che, ne è sicura, riguarda suo marito, Enrico II di Francia, destinato a morire giovane «di crudele morte». La risposta dell’astrologo è criptica, come le sue quartine: lui scrive quello che deve, ma non pretende di comprenderne il significato. Dentro di sé però Caterina conosce la verità, chiusa in quella perla insanguinata posata sul suo cuore: il destino non può essere ingannato, e il sangue versato chiama solo altro sangue... Chi era veramente Caterina de’ Medici? Figlia del casato più potente di Firenze, pronipote di Lorenzo il Magnifico, era davvero una sovrana spietata e dedita alle arti oscure, o solo una donna innamorata disposta a tutto per difendere l’uomo che amava e i propri figli?

The Borgia Bride

Autore: Jeanne Kalogridis
Editore: St. Martin's Griffin
ISBN: 9781429906012
Grandezza: 14,29 MB
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Vivacious Sancha of Aragon arrives in Rome newly wed to a member of the notorious Borgia dynasty. Surrounded by the city's opulence and political corruption, she befriends her glamorous and deceitful sister-in-law, Lucrezia, whose jealousy is as legendary as her beauty. Some say Lucrezia has poisoned her rivals, particularly those to whom her handsome brother, Cesare, has given his heart. So when Sancha falls under Cesare's irresistible spell, she must hide her secret or lose her life. Caught in the Borgias' sinister web, she summons her courage and uses her cunning to outwit them at their own game. Vividly interweaving historical detail with fiction, The Borgia Bride is a richly compelling tale of conspiracy, sexual intrigue, loyalty, and drama.

The Life And Times Of Lucrezia Borgia

Autore: Maria Bellonci
Editore: Sterling Publishing Company, Inc.
ISBN: 9781842126165
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Examines a life of Lucrezia Borgia as it is known to historians, and explores her relationship with her father, Pope Alexander VI, and her brothers, as well as provides details about the intrigue surrounding the Borgia family.

Cathedral Of The Sea

Autore: Ildefonso Falcones
Editore: Random House
ISBN: 1409057666
Grandezza: 69,65 MB
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A masterful eipc of love, war, treason, plague, famine, witchcraft, anti-Semitism and the Inquisition. 14th-century Spain, the medieval city of Barcelona is enjoying a golden age of prosperity. Its humblest inhabitants are building, stone by stone, a magnificent church to overlook their harbour. This is the Cathedral of the Sea: a church to be built for the people by the people. In its shadow, Arnau, a young serf on the run from his feudal lord, struggles to earn his freedom. After famine, plague and thwarted love, Arnau's fortunes begin to turn when King Pedro makes him a baron as a reward for his courage in battle. But he is also forced to marry Eleonor, a ward of the King whom he does not love. His newfound status excites jealousy from his friends who plot his downfall with devastating consequences. Arnau's journey from slave to nobleman is the story of a struggle between good and evil that will turn Church against State and brother against brother ...

Leone Donne E Congiure

Autore: Beniamino Baldacci
Editore:
ISBN: 9788884743671
Grandezza: 29,55 MB
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The Last Legion

Autore: Valerio Massimo Manfredi
Editore: Pan Macmillan
ISBN: 0330515594
Grandezza: 52,16 MB
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A dramatic historical thriller, The Last Legion is the exhilarating story of the last Emperor of Rome from Valerio Massimo Manfredi, the author of The Alexander Trilogy. The story opens on the day that the Western Roman Empire collapses finally in 470AD, as the Last Emperor of Rome is encamped protected by the Nova Invicta Legion. All is lost in the space of a few minutes as a horde of Barbarians sweep through the camp in the fog, kill the Imperial family and take the young Emperor captive. The Roman Empire is in ruins . . . But all is not lost. From the dust of battlefields emerges a small team of invincible warriors - The Last Legion. Their task is to rescue the Emperor and his enigmatic tutor and to try and resurrect the glory of Rome. All their strength of character and bravery come into play as they guide the last Caesar in a dramatic journey of escape through a devastated Italy and Northern Europe to their ultimate destinies in the land of the Britons... and the beginning of a new legend.

The Scarlet Contessa

Autore: Jeanne Kalogridis
Editore: St. Martin's Press
ISBN: 1429922567
Grandezza: 26,38 MB
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What Philippa Gregory has done for Tudor England, Jeanne Kalogridis does for Renaissance Italy. Her latest irresistible historical novel is about a countess whose passion and willfulness knew no bounds—Caterina Sforza Daughter of the Duke of Milan and wife of the conniving Count Girolamo Riario, Caterina Sforza was the bravest warrior Renaissance Italy ever knew. She ruled her own lands, fought her own battles, and openly took lovers whenever she pleased. Her remarkable tale is told by her lady-in-waiting, Dea, a woman knowledgeable in reading the "triumph cards," the predecessor of modern-day Tarot. As Dea tries to unravel the truth about her husband's murder, Caterina single-handedly holds off invaders who would steal her title and lands. However, Dea's reading of the cards reveals that Caterina cannot withstand a third and final invader—none other than Cesare Borgia, son of the corrupt Pope Alexander VI, who has an old score to settle with Caterina. Trapped inside the Fortress at Ravaldino as Borgia's cannons pound the walls, Dea reviews Caterina's scandalous past and struggles to understand their joint destiny, while Caterina valiantly tries to fight off Borgia's unconquerable army.

The Inquisitor S Wife

Autore: Jeanne Kalogridis
Editore: St. Martin's Griffin
ISBN: 1250031516
Grandezza: 27,91 MB
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From Jeanne Kalogridis, the bestselling author of The Borgia Bride and The Scarlet Contessa, comes a tale of love, loss and treachery set during the perilous days of the Spanish Inquisition 1481 Seville: The Inquisition makes its first appearance in Spain. Its target: conversos, Christians of Jewish descent—specifically those who practice Judaism secretly in their homes. The penalty for "crypto-Judaism": Burning at the stake. Marisol Garcia, a young conversa, is hurriedly wed to Gabriel, a civil lawyer working for the Inquisition, in hopes that he will protect her. But she still yearns for the childhood love who abandoned her four years earlier, and she's shocked when he reappears suddenly at her wedding. When her father is arrested and tortured, Marisol finds herself caught between her love for him and her desire to save the lives of her people. After becoming a favorite of the ruthless Queen Isabella, Marisol discovers a dangerous secret about her former lover, Antonio, and finds herself trapped in a life-threatening web of intrigue. As the Inquisition's snares tighten around her, Marisol's love for Antonio and loyalty to her Jewish family is tested as never before... The Inquisitor's Wife reveals the real motivation behind the Inquisition, a frank glance at a "saintly" queen, and the struggles of a maligned people against crushing forces.

The Colour Of Milk

Autore: Nell Leyshon
Editore: Penguin UK
ISBN: 0241959551
Grandezza: 37,20 MB
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The Colour of Milk is the new novel by Orange longlisted author and playwright Nell Leyshon. 'this is my book and i am writing it by my own hand' The year is eighteen hundred and thirty one when fifteen-year-old Mary begins the difficult task of telling her story. A scrap of a thing with a sharp tongue and hair the colour of milk, Mary leads a harsh life working on her father's farm alongside her three sisters. In the summer she is sent to work for the local vicar's invalid wife, where the reasons why she must record the truth of what happens to her - and the need to record it so urgently - are gradually revealed. 'Haunting, distinctive voices... Mary's spare simple words paint brilliant pictures in the reader's mind . . . Nell Leyshon's imaginative powers are considerable' Independent 'Brontë-esque undertones . . . a disturbing statement on the social constraints faced by 19th-century women' FT 'A small tour de force - a wonderfully convincing voice, and a devastating story told with great skill and economy' Penelope Lively 'I loved it. The Colour of Milk is charming, Brontë-esque, compelling, special and hard to forget. I loved Mary's voice - so inspiring and likeable. Such a hopeful book' Marian Keyes 'Brilliant, devastating and unforgettable' Easy Living Nell Leyshon's first novel, Black Dirt, was longlisted for the Orange Prize, and shortlisted for the Commonwealth prize. Her plays include Comfort me with Apples, which won an Evening Standard Award, and Bedlam, which was the first play written by a woman for Shakespeare's Globe. She writes for BBC Radio 3 and 4, and won the Richard Imison Award for her first radio play. Nell was born in Glastonbury and lives in Dorset.