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The Scarlet Contessa: A Novel of the Italian Renaissance Paperback – Jul 5 2011

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  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin; First edition (July 5 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312576242
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312576240
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.7 x 21.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 431 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #533,606 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“Sexually voracious, battle hardened, a ruler in her own lands, Caterina rejects a woman's place in a macho culture. Does she get away with it? That's what this guilty pleasure of a novel is about.” ―USA Today

“In her fascinating novels Kalogridis focuses on the intrigues, passions and history of the Renaissance, drawing readers into the events that shaped the era through the lives of remarkable women. In a time when women quietly obeyed, Caterina Sforza forged her own destiny, choosing her lovers and fighting battles. In Kalogridis' hands, she comes alive as an extraordinary woman ahead of her time.” ―RT Book Review (4 stars)

“Historical novelist Kalogridis has again woven a delightful and intricate tapestry of life, love, lust, politics and ambition that made up the Italian peninsula in the 15th century. . . . Depictions of sumptuous richness and the basest squalor, the petty enmities and jealousies, the corruption at the heart of the Vatican are shown in splendid detail and make this an incredibly rewarding read. Highly recommended.” ―Library Journal

“[A] vividly rendered historical . . . plenty of intrigue and conspiracy in the lusty plot.” ―Publishers Weekly

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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4.0 out of 5 starsThe tale of a fascinating woman
May 9, 2011 - Published on Amazon.com
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4.0 out of 5 starsMostly Fiction About Dea, not Catherina
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5.0 out of 5 starsForce of nature, Caterina Sforza
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5.0 out of 5 starsAn Excellent Historical Novel!
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4.0 out of 5 starsbut most of the content regarding Sforza seemed pretty contrived and only remotely fact-based
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