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The Scarlet Contessa [Paperback]

Jeanne Kalogridis
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Book Description

29 Mar 2012

From Jeanne Kalogridis, critically acclaimed author of The Borgia Bride, Painting Mona Lisa and The Devil’s Queen, comes another irresistible historical novel 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.

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Product details

  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Harper (29 Mar 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007310358
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007310357
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 173,862 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Praise for Jeanne Kalogridis:

The Borgia Bride:

‘Love, lust, incest and murder: this historical romance has it all.’
Mail on Sunday

'From sexual passion to mortal danger, the dramatic shift of real historical events will keep the reader turning the pages.'
Philippa Gregory

'Corset-busting escapism.'
The Sunday Times

About the Author

Jeanne Kalogridis was born in Florida in 1954. She earned a BA in Russian and an MA in Linguistics from the University of South Florida and went on to teach English as a Second Language at the American University in Washington, D.C. She now lives with her partner on the West Coast of the US, sharing a house with two dogs and a bird. Her interests include yoga, Tibatan Buddhism, the occult, languages, art, and reading everything ever published.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Ancient Italy - The Borgias - and Supernatural 21 Nov 2012
By JackyC
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Not sure how historically correct this was but a good read. Sex, intrigue, war all mixed up with tarot readings.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put it down! 22 Jan 2013
By busybee
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This is very well written. Just the right amount of Historical detail and description to make the reader feel they are in the period, without slowing down the story too much.I was gripped from the beginning, it wasn't slow to start as some novels can be. Great storyline, with references to many of the most important events of the period to keep History fans interested.Good to read as a sequel or prequel to The Borgia Bride, which features some of the same characters at a slightly later period.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put it down! 3 Jan 2013
By Caitlin
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The story told here is gripping and one full of pain and joy. The characters have such an intense impact on the reader due to the fact it reiterates true events and the situations encountered here still have resonance nowadays. Fantastic read
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3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting 13 Oct 2013
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Covering a period of history I knew nothing at all about, this brings in the Medicis and the Borgias and some of their conflicts at the end of the 15th century in Italy
Not a writing style I particularly liked but a good tale
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5.0 out of 5 stars LINDAB 8 Oct 2013
By LindaB
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This book was intriguing and certainly a page-turner! Quite an education regarding Italian history. Must now read the other books by JK
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5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful and Compelling! 4 Oct 2013
By Tys
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I thought this was a truly compelling read and a must if you have watched the TV dramatisation of The Borgias! Following the factual account of this period in history this particular angle fitted in extremely well. The characterisation was strong and believable and I have been completely transported to the mood and times of this turbulent period in history.
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5.0 out of 5 stars something different 6 Sep 2013
By Bran
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I really liked this as a semi-historical novel and an adventure story. Gave an insight into how women used to have to manipulate to survive
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4.0 out of 5 stars A good romp 27 Aug 2013
By Sue W
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A very good read. The story was good and exciting. The sex was well written and went with the story which is not always the case.
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Published 8 months ago by helencd
3.0 out of 5 stars OK, not as good as other books by the same author.
I read this book on holiday. It filled the time but wasn't really memorable. I would read painting Mona Lisa.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Easy read
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I couldn't put this book down! It had just the right combination of history, suspense and romance. I loved it and much preferred it to The Devil's Queen.
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from page one this book grabs you. the journey it takes you on is a roller coaster ride that you can't get off.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A historically accurate novel
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