The Secret Book of Grazia Dei Rossi

The Secret Book of Grazia Dei Rossi

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A sweeping saga of intrigue and romance set during the Italian Renaissance and told through the eyes of Grazia dei Rossi, a young Jewish woman torn between duty and forbidden romance, who wins our hearts with her recorded secrets of love.

Grazia dei Rossi, private secretary to the world-renowned Isabella d'Este, is the daughter of an eminent Jewish banker, the wife of the pope's Jewish physician, and the lover of a Christian prince. In a "secret book," written as a legacy for her son, she records her struggles to choose between the seductions of the Christian world and a return to the family, traditions, and duties to her Jewish roots. As she re-creates Renaissance Italy in captivating detail, Jacqueline Park gives us a timeless portrait of a brave and brilliant woman trapped in an unforgiving, inflexible society.

Publisher: Toronto, ON :, House of Anansi Press,, [2014]
Copyright Date: ©1997
ISBN: 9781770898899
Branch Call Number: FIC PARK J

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Mehitabel_the_Cat May 04, 2017

Captivating read! It recreates the past to a "T", a lot of research went into this novel

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Bookafterbook
Jun 23, 2015

Interesting read...Yes it is long, but for a 'novel' view of 16th century Italy I found it detailed and interesting in regard to architecture, artists, politics, religion and society.

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blolo
May 14, 2010

This is probably the first "heather's pick" novel that I haven't liked. It is long and boring for the most part. I wouldn't recommend it... it was a struggle to finish it.

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