Monday, December 3, 2012

Mailbox Monday 12.03.12

Hosted this month by Suko's Notebook.

Mailbox Monday is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came into their house last week (checked out library books don’t count, eBooks & audio books do). Warning: Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles and humongous wish lists.

The book is one of drama on a grand scale, a Renaissance epic, as Christendom emerged from the shadows of the calamitous 14th century. The sweeping tale involves inspired and corrupt monarchs, the finest thinkers, the most brilliant artists, and the greatest beauties in Christendom.

Here is the story of eight of its most remarkable women, who are all joined by birth, marriage and friendship and who ruled for a time in place of their men-folk: Lucrezia Turnabuoni (Queen Mother of Florence, the power behind the Medici throne), Clarice Orsini (Roman princess, feudal wife), Beatrice d'Este (Golden Girl of the Renaissance), Caterina Sforza (Lioness of the Romagna), Isabella d'Este (the Acquisitive Marchesa), Giulia Farnese ('la bella', the family asset), Isabella d'Aragona (the Weeping Duchess) and Lucrezia Borgia (the Virtuous Fury). The men play a secondary role in this grand saga; whenever possible the action will be seen through the eyes our eight heroines.

These eight women experienced great riches, power and the warm smile of fortune, but they also knew banishment, poverty, the death of a husband or the loss of one or more of their children. As each of the chosen heroines comes to the fore in her turn, she is handed the baton by her 'sister' and Leonie Frieda recounts the role each woman played in the hundred-year drama that is THE DEADLY SISTERHOOD.

From HarperCollins via Edelweiss. Release date: April 2nd.


Mystica said...

I like the story line so much and the cover even more! looking forward to your review on this one

Mary (Bookfan) said...

It sounds really good - and I love the cover!

Kaye said...

Interesting time frame. I hope you enjoy the book. Have a wonderful week!

Elizabeth said...

I definitely like the sounds of this book....sinister title too. :)


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Anonymous said...

Enjoy your book!

Laurel-Rain Snow said...

This looks like a great read! Enjoy....and have a great week.


bermudaonion said...

I took a class called Women and Power when I was in college and found it very thought provoking. I bet this book is too!

CMash said...

Your book is "a new to me". I hope it is a great read. Have a wonderful week.

grammajudyb said...

Sounds like a in-depth read to me. Looking forward to your review. Enjoy your week.

Anonymous said...

Sounds like a good read.

Holly said...

Can't wait to read this one. I almost requested it from Edelweiss but realized I already had quite a few review books. Can't wait to see what you think of it!

Holly (2 Kids and Tired) said...

I'm not familiar with this one, but it sound really good. Enjoy!
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