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FREE READ Duchess of Milan 108 ☆ Once upon a time in fifteenth century Italy two women faced each other with a ruthlessness and brilliance no man has ever matched Enter their world of splendor and depravity of passion and wickedness It is Italy's most dazzling and dangerous age and as Beatrice d'Este and Isabella of Aragon match wits and feminine cunning it iSabella of Aragon match wits and feminine cunning it is a dance to the death to decide which one of them will be crowned Duchess of Milan. This is one of the best historical fiction books I have ever read It starts just a little slow but uickly turns into a book that can't be put down

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Once upon a time in fifteenth century Italy two women faced each other with a ruthlessness and brilliance no man has ever matched Enter t. This book was a throw in with a purchase of other historical fiction What a wonderful stroke of luck for me I'd never heard of the author nor this book and really wasn't sure I was even going to keep it never mind read it Being an art major the subject matter intrigued me I opened the book hopeful but with some trepidation and uickly found myself swept away to late 15th century Italy I found myself thinking about events when I was away from the book and frustratingly at times when I was trying to get to sleepThis was my first historical fiction foray into Renaissance Italy and a wonderful introduction to the wonderful Beatrice d'Este her sister Isabella d'Este cousin Isabella of Aragaon Leonardo da Vinci and the powerful and intriguing Lodovico Sforza Il Moro Their personal struggles are set amidst the ongoing shifting balance of power of the Italian city states its art culture and commerce Ennis manages to cover this vast historical landscape while still making his narrative intensely intimate He further enhances this feeling by the use of excerpts from actual letters between many of the charactershistorical personages involvedWhat drives this book is the compelling relationship and power struggle between two women Beatrice and Isabella of Aragon At a time when submissiveness and heirs is what is expected of high born women they refused to be passive instead their choices have historical and cultural significance that have far reaching influence The following lines from a letter by da Vinci of March 28 1491 early on in the novel shows the beginning of the esteem many had for these two amazing womenConsider how the Duchesses of Bari and Milan Beatrice and Isabella have employed the education in which so many learned men have suandered their resources Not a day passes that these two young women are not mounted on the backs of swift steeds Think that they avail themselves of our boundless parks and woodlands No these duchesses race about in perpetual and unceasing competition And all the while scarce word of Latin nor language of living men is heard among such duchesses To help the reader and very much appreciated and often referred to by me a genealogical chart of the ruling houses of Italy and France map of Italy cast of characters and a glossary of Italian words and phrases are included I have to pass this along before I even started the narrative the author's preface caught and excited my attention by statingAll histories are fiction Today's practitioners simply apply modern academic prejudices to this timeless legacy of slander cover ups and geopolitical public relations With that caution in mind Duchess of Milan is a work of fiction that claims to be unusually faithful to history The characters and events in this novelall of whom actually lived and all of which actually took place have been re created as accurately as possible from letters paintings archives and on site researchNow I can't say how accurately Ennis captures the history since I am no expert but I can certainly say I thoroughly enjoyed his interpretation Even though I read this years ago it still remains one of my all time favorites and has kept a fascination in me for anything about the Italian Renaissance especially with a focus on the d'Estes and Sforzas which are way too fewWhy this hasn't gained a larger readership is a mystery to me I'm just very fortunate to have been one of those small numbers and very thankful to that person for throwing this book in with my purchase

Michael Ennis  8 FREE READ

Duchess of MilanHeir world of splendor and depravity of passion and wickedness It is Italy's most dazzling and dangerous age and as Beatrice d'Este and I. Another of my I'm so excited I found a new historical fiction library loans which sadly I couldn't even bring myself to get past the 2nd chapterI found the writing not just bad but confusing as well