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The marriage portrait

Summary: "Florence, the 1550s. Lucrezia, third daughter of the grand duke, is comfortable with her obscure place in the palazzo: free to wonder at its treasures, observe its clandestine workings, and to devote herself to her own artistic pursuits. But when her older sister dies on the eve of her wedding to the ruler of Ferrara, Moderna and Regio, Lucrezia is thrust unwittingly into the limelight: the duke is quick to request her hand in marriage, and her father just as quick to accept on her behalf. Having barely left girlhood behind, Lucrezia must now make her way in a troubled court whose customs are opaque and where her arrival is not universally welcomed. Perhaps most mystifying of all is her new husband himself, Alfonso. Is he the playful sophisticate he appeared to be before their wedding, the aesthete happiest in the company of artists and musicians, or the ruthless politician before whom even his formidable sisters seem to tremble? As Lucrezia sits in constricting finery for a painting intended to preserve her image for centuries to come, one thing becomes worryingly clear. In the court's eyes, she has one duty: to provide the heir who will shore up the future of the Ferranese dynasty. Until then, for all of her rank and nobility, the new duchess's future hangs entirely in the balance."--

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  • ISBN: 059332062X
  • ISBN: 9780593320624
  • Physical Description: 339 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
  • Edition: First United States edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2022.

Content descriptions

General Note:
"A Borzoi book"--Title page verso.
Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references.
Subject: Medici, Lucrezia de' 1545-1561
Young women Italy Florence 16th century Fiction
European fiction Renaissance, 1450-1600
Renaissance Italy Florence Fiction
Duchies Italy Florence Fiction
Arranged marriage Fiction
Florence (Italy) History 1421-1737 Fiction
Genre: Novels.
Historical fiction.
Biographical fiction.

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  • 33 of 94 copies available at NC Cardinal. (Show)
  • 0 of 5 copies available at Forsyth County Public Library.


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Forsyth Central FIC O'Farrell, Maggie (Text) 0112523549576 Adult New Fiction Checked out 01/30/2023
Lewisville Branch FIC O'Farrell, Maggie (Text) 0112523712826 Adult New Fiction Checked out 02/13/2023
Paddison Memorial Branch FIC O'Farrell, Maggie (Text) 0112523549512 Adult New Fiction Checked out 02/07/2023
Reynolda Manor Branch FIC O'Farrell, Maggie (Text) 0112523549567 Adult New Fiction Checked out 02/20/2023
Walkertown Branch FIC O'Farrell, Maggie (Text) 0112523712835 Adult New Fiction Checked out 01/31/2023

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