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The Tigress or Forli by Elizabeth Lev

I recently visited Florence, which you can read about on my other blog The Content Reader Goes Outdoor .  Florence is one of the prominent city-states during the Italian Renaissance. I am currently reading various books about the de' Medici family and will return to the subject later on. While searching for books about this time, I happened to find a book about Caterina Riario Sforza (1463-1509). She was the illegitimate daughter of Galeazzo Maria Sforza, Duke of Milan. The story of her life is more than life itself. She was an incredible woman; mother, wife, warrior, and icon.  She met many of the important men of her time: " Pope Sixtus IV , Caterina's benefactor and uncle by marriage, who commissioned the Sistine Chapel frescoes in which she is immortalized.   Count Girolamo Riario , Caterina's first husband and an originator of the Pazzi conspiracy, whose corrupt ways led to their flight from Rome to Forli.   Niccolò Machiavelli , the Florentine political

Best books read in 2019

A little bit late to summarise my reading for 2019, but better late than never. I use inspiration from Books in Bloom , who got inspired by  Jamie@The Perpetual Page Turner  and Esther@BiteInBooks  for various surveys. Best In Books 1. Best books you read in 2019: - A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles 2. Book you were excited about & thought you were going to love more but didn’t: - La fille qui lisait dans le metro by Christine Féret-Fleury 3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read: - Med Örnen mot polen by Svenska Sällskapet för Antropologi och Geografi (Scientific account of the Andrée expedition 1897) 4. Book you “pushed” the most people to read (and they did): - A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles (I have pushed a lot, if people read, well, that is another matter). 5. Best series you started in 2019. Best sequel of 2019. Best series ender of 2019. 1793 by Niklas Dag och Natt 6. Favourite new author, you discovered in 2019: - Beatr

Our trip to the Caribbean

During December and January, we made a trip to the Caribbean. If you are interested, you find a few posts on The Content Reader Goes Outdoor. St Lucia , Martinique , Dominica , and Guadeloupe . I would love to hear your views of the islands, if you have visited, or intend to visit. A magic beach in Martinique

The Girl who Temped Fortune by Jane Ann McLachlan

Publisher: Amazon Digital Services LLC Publication date: March 3, 2020 I received an ARC of this book from the author for a fair & impartial review I am always excited when I have a historical fiction novel in my hands. Especially, if the story is based on real life persons and events. I visited Florence recently, and am reading books (nonfiction) about that city, its history and famous persons. Its history is also connected to the history of other city states and kingdoms in the peninsula that today is Italy. Jane Ann McLachlan's historical novel The Girl Who Tempted Fortune , is set in the Kingdom of Naples. I have not read much about this kingdom, although its history is closely connected to other European history. I was therefore pleased when I got the opportunity to read this book. The summary: "In the royal courts of medieval Europe, where aristocrats vie for power and royal cousins battle over crowns, is it possible for the lowly daughter of a fisherma