Review: The Marriage Portrait
Florence, 1544 to 1561 A.D. Masterfully written, this is the tale of the little-known (and heretofore little researched) Lucrezia Medici, daughter of Cosimo I and Eleanora di Toledo, who died at the age of 17, at the hands of her husband, Alfonso II d’Este, Duke of Ferrara. Or did she…
Review: Titian, His Life
Venice, 1488 to 1576 A.D. Sheila Hale’s non-fiction biography is widely acknowledged as the most thoroughly researched and engaging account of Titian’s life and works that exists. Using legal records, letters, contemporary accounts and knowledge gained from recent restoration work on his paintings, she reveals the enigma that was Tiziano Vecellio.
Review: The Master of all Desires
Paris, France, late 1556 to 1571 A.D. The Master of all Desires, by Judith Merkle Riley is more of a fun fantasy romp than most historical fiction books, with a decidedly ghoulish sense of humour. Featuring appearances by Catherine de Medici, and an aging Nostradamus.
Review: Murder of a Medici Princess
Florence, 1542 to 1612 In Murder of a Medici Princess, Caroline P. Murphy, takes a wide view of the life and times of Isabella, daughter of Cosimo I, and his son, Francesco, to give full context to the scandal of how Isabella and her young cousin, Eleonora di Garzia di Toledo (aka Dianora) were both…
Review: The Ruby Ring
Rome, 1515 to 1520 A.D. The relationship between the great Renaissance artist, Raffaello Sanzio and his mistress and secret fiancée, Margherita Luti, is the subject of this intriguing historical fiction tale.