Giulia has been an orphan all her life. Raised in Florence's famous Ospedale degli Innocenti, her probing questions and insubordinate behavior made her an unwelcome presence, and at the age of fifteen, she was given an awful choice: become a nun, or be married off to a man she didn't love. She chose neither, and after refusing an elderly suitor, Giulia escaped onto the streets of Florence.
Now, after spending two years as a successful pickpocket, an old man catches her about to make off with his purse, and rather than having her carted off to prison he offers her a business proposition. The man claims to be a cabalist, a student of Jewish mysticism and ritual magic, who works for the most powerful families in Florence. But his identity is secret—he is known only as "the Magician of Florence"—and he is in need of an assistant. She accepts the job and begins smuggling his talismans throughout the city.
But the talismans are not what they seem, and neither is the Magician. When Giulia's involvement with him ends with his murder, she's drawn into a treacherous web of espionage and deceit involving the forces of Rome, Naples, and a man known as Lorenzo the Magnificent. Accused of the Magician's murder, Giulia is pursued by the handsome policeman Niccolo, Lorenzo's henchmen, and foreign spies, and in order to survive, she must not only solve the mystery of the mystery of the Magician's murder, but that of her own past.
Florence, April 1478: The handsome Giuliano de' Medici is brutally assassinated in Florence's magnificent Duomo. The shock of the murder ripples throughout the great city, from the most renowned artists like Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo, to a wealthy wool merchant and his extraordinarily beautiful daughter, Madonna Lisa.
More than a decade later, Florence falls under the dark spell of the preacher Savonarola, a fanatic who burns paintings and books as easily as he sends men to their deaths. Lisa, now grown into an alluring woman, captures the heart of Giuliano's nephew and namesake. But when Guiliano, her love, meets a tragic end, Lisa must gather all her courage and cunning to untangle a sinister web of illicit love, treachery, and dangerous secrets that threatens her life.
Set against the drama of 15th Century Florence, I, Mona Lisa is painted in many layers of fact and fiction, with each intricately drawn twist told through the captivating voice of Mona Lisa herself.
«Mi historia no comienza con mi nacimiento, sino con un asesinato... El crimen que unió a mis padres, que los unió a mí... Mi nombre es Lisa di Antonio Gherardini, aunque para los conocidos soy sencillamente Mona Lisa.»
Italia, año 1478. Una sinuosa trama de espionaje, narrada y protagonizada por la propia madonna Lisa, se convierte en una apasionante historia de amor, traición y luchas de poder repleta de secretos por desvelar y pasiones que ocultar. La investigación de un brutal asesinato nos sumerge en la Florencia de los Médicis: un escenario asfixiante, dominado por las disputas entre las familias más poderosas de la ciudad, las maquinaciones cortesanas y los intereses papales, sobre el que se cierne la amenaza del vehemente y austero predicador Savonarola.
«Kalogridis logra dar vida a la apasionada mujer hasta ahora escondida tras la enigmática sonrisa de La Gioconda.»
Istoria o judecă aspru pe Caterina de Medici: o regină a Franţei adeptă a magiei negre, ale cărei mâini sunt pătate de sângele vărsat în masacrul din Noaptea Sfântului Bartolomeu. Romanul lui Jeanne Kalogridis ne arată însă o altă Caterina: o tânără inteligentă pe care rangul, numele şi averea o destinau unei „căsătorii de stat“. Demnă de numele familiei sale, care a dat Europei Renaşterii conducători şi papi, Caterina refuză, pentru a-şi apăra soţul şi apoi fiii, să rămână un simplu pion în jocul politic al bărbaţilor. Va fi nevoită să preia frâiele puterii şi să le păstreze, cu orice preţ.
Confidante of Nostradamus, scheming mother-in-law to Mary, Queen of Scots, and architect of the bloody St. Bartholomew's Day Massacre, Catherine de Medici is one of the most maligned monarchs in history. In her latest historical fiction, Jeanne Kalogridis tells Catherine's story—that of a tender young girl, destined to be a pawn in Machiavellian games.
Born into one of Florence's most powerful families, Catherine was soon left a fabulously rich heiress by the early deaths of her parents. Violent conflict rent the city state and she found herself imprisoned and threatened by her family's enemies before finally being released and married off to the handsome Prince Henry of France.
Overshadowed by her husband's mistress, the gorgeous, conniving Diane de Poitiers, and unable to bear children, Catherine resorted to the dark arts of sorcery to win Henry's love and enhance her fertility—for which she would pay a price. Against the lavish and decadent backdrop of the French court, and Catherine's blood-soaked visions of the future, Kalogridis reveals the great love and desire Catherine bore for her husband, Henry, and her stark determination to keep her sons on the throne.