2011 Non-Fiction Release: The Deadly Sisterhood by Leonie Frieda

Here is one that I am really looking forward to in 2011. There is no US release date or cover yet, but I'll post it as soon as it's revealed!

 
What do you think?  All I gotta say is hallelujah it's not more Tudors...love 'em, but need a break!

Lucrezia Borgia
by Leonie Frieda

UK Release Date:  June 9, 2011

SYNOPSIS:  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.

Other books by Leonie Frieda:  Catherine de Medici: Renassaince Queen of France


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17 comments:

  1. That sounds good! Can't wait to read this! I loved her book on Catherine de Medici.

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  2. I've been looking forward to this one as well - I read her book on Catherine de Medici and thought it was really good.

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  3. This does sound like a wonderful book, and it's going on the wish list right now. I can't say that I am completely tired of the Tudors yet, but it's nice to see something a little different!

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  4. Sounds like it might have promise! I will have to keep my eyes open. I just can't get enough of the Tudors, though :). I do love them so!
    Colleen T.

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  5. Excellent! I enjoy reading about historical people I haven't met yet. We HF readers need fresh characters and these fab ladies will do the trick. Thanks for the heads-up Amy :)

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  6. Excellent! I enjoy reading about historical people I haven't met yet. We HF readers need fresh characters and these fab ladies will do the trick. Thanks for the heads-up Amy :)

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  7. This isn't the era I write about, but I've always wanted a sister (especially a deadly one!)

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  8. I also read her Catherine de Medici book and found it very good. Nice title as well.

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  9. Should be most enlightening. I know very little about Italy and this time period.

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  10. Oh, I got so excited until I saw there's no US release date! The torture!!

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  11. It is truly wonderful that the women of history are finally getting their due. As if the men could have done it all on their own while they were off trying to kill each other in the endless stream of wars.

    But of course, they came back and took all the credit....

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  12. Sounds fantastic! That's fairly unexplored, and wildly intriguing, territory!

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