The Scarlet Contessa: A Novel of the Italian Renaissance

The Scarlet Contessa: A Novel of the Italian Renaissance

by Jeanne Kalogridis
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The Scarlet Contessa: A Novel of the Italian Renaissance by Jeanne Kalogridis


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 cards. 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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ISBN-13: 9780312576240
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 07/05/2011
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 480
Sales rank: 586,601
Product dimensions: 5.38(w) x 8.26(h) x 1.26(d)

About the Author

Jeanne Kalogridis lives with her partner on the West Coast, where they share a house with two dogs. She is the author of The Borgia Bride, The Devil's Queen, and other dark fantasy and historical novels. Born in Florida, Kalogridis has a B.A. in Russian and a master's in linguistics, and taught English as a second language at The American University for eight years before retiring to write full-time.

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Scarlet Contessa: A Novel of the Italian Renaissance 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 27 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read many books, this is hard to put down! I grab my NOOK whenever I have a moment. I have read mostly historical novels about England and decided to give this a try. I will be reading more by this author!
MsDollie More than 1 year ago
Thoroughly enjoyed reading The Scarlet Contests, my first time reading Jeanne Kalogridis. Now I'm off to purchase the rest of her novels.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it!
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