The Shepherdess of Siena

The Shepherdess of Siena Raised By Her Aunt And Uncle Amidst The Rolling Hills Of The Tuscan Countryside, Young Orphan Virginia Tacci Has Always Harbored A Deep Love For Horses Though She Knows She May Never Have The Chance To Ride As A Shepherdess In Sixteenth Century Italy, Virginia S Possibilities Are Doubly Limited By Her Peasant Class And Her Gender Yet While She Tends Her Flock, Virginia Is Captivated By The Daring Equestrian Feats Of The High Spirited Isabella De Medici, Who Rides With The Strength And Courage Of Any Man, Much To The Horror Of Her Brother, The Tyrannical Gran Duca Francesco De Medici.Inspired, The Young Shepherdess Keeps One Dream Close To Her Heart To Race In Siena S Palio Twenty Six Years After Florence Captured Siena, Virginia S Defiance Will Rally The Broken Spirit Of The Senese People And Threaten The Pernicious Reign Of The Gran Duca Bringing Alive The Rich History Of One Of Tuscany S Most Famed Cities, This Lush, Captivating Saga Draws An Illuminating Portrait Of One Girl With An Unbreakable Spirit. Find this and other reviews at two attempts, I think it safe to say I ve a love hate relationship with Linda Ladderty The premise of her novels spark my curiosity, but the realities don t sit well on my palate and may indicate a need for greater discretion in the future I don t mean to sound harsh, I m actually pretty disappointed, but House of Bathory was hardly the story I d envisioned when I picked it up and here again, The Shepherdess of Siena Find this and other reviews at two attempts, I think it safe to say I ve a love hate relationship with Linda Ladderty The premise of her novels spark my curiosity, but the realities don t sit well on my palate and may indicate a need for greater discretion in the future I don t mean to sound harsh, I m actually pretty disappointed, but House of Bathory was hardly the story I d envisioned when I picked it up and here aga
The Shepherdess of Siena A Novel of Renaissance Tuscany is actually a saga of Renaissance Tuscany This epic saga of nearly 600 pages recounts the popular and scandalizing stories linked to the de Medici royal family, the Grand Dukes of Tuscany at the beginning of their royal ness, and how they affect their subjects, with much about one particular subject, a young shepherdess from Siena, in Tuscany The de Medici banking family was raised to royal status over the Tuscany Dutchy under military The Shepherdess of Siena A Novel of Renaissance Tuscany is actually a saga of Renaissance Tuscany This epic saga of nearly 600 pages recounts the popular and scandalizing stories linked to the de Medici royal family, the Grand Dukes of Tuscany at the beginning of their royal ness, and how they affect their subjects, with much about one particular subject, a young shepherdess from Siena, in Tuscany The de Medici banking family was raised to royal status over the Tuscany Dutchy under military powerhouse Cosimo de Medici in the 1500s Fictionalized versions of his children are the focus of this book, along with their interactions with artists and subjects under their reign, most importantly with Virginia, a shepherdess with many hidden talents Virginia is based on an historical figure, too Her story in this book is half fact and half fiction, as the
After reading the reviews and with a 4.1 rating I was eagerly anticipating reading this book I have lived in Italy, am a scholar in sixteenth and seventeenth century Italian history, and enthusiastically devour anything set in that time and locale I expected there to be artistic license taken with the historical record for the sake of Lafferty s fictional narrative What I didn t expect was to be so thoroughly bored by this novel The characters were one dimensional and unappealing, which was
Author Linda Lafferty propels readers into the Italian Renaissance in the Tuscany Region It is an epic saga and adventure, a wonderfully rich and complex story with many layers and fascinating characters The story surrounds a young, innocent shepherdess who develops a strong fondness for horses and an uncanny ability to understand them The tale sweeps us into the heart of Tuscany and allows readers to get to know the royals of the era along with members of the Medici family.Th
I visited Siena several years ago, and I fell in love with the city and the Palio, so I keep an eye out for books on Tuscany This is the second book I have read by Linda Lafferty and I love her histori
thank you NetFGalley for an early release copy This is Linda Lafferty s best book yet I rarely give a five star review, but I loved this book The Shepherdess of Siena is the story of Virginia Tacci, the first woman actually girl, she was 14 at the time to compete in the famous Palio of Siena This was unheard of in 16th century Tuscany, and she most likely would have won if it weren t for political and sexist treachery.but I digress.Linda Lafferty has a knack for finding women no one has thank you NetFGalley for an early release copy This is Linda Lafferty s best book yet I rarely give a five star review, but I loved this book The Shepherdess of Siena is the story of Virginia Tacci, the first woman actually girl, she was 14 at the time to compete in the famous Palio of Siena This was unheard of in 16th century Tuscany, and she most likely would have won if it weren t for political and sexist treachery.but I digress.Linda Lafferty has a knack for finding women no one has heard of who had interesting and or impactful lives, and creating great historical fiction around them Th
The saga covers the later part of the 16th century when the de Medici reigned Here you ll find romance, politics, gossip, power, patronage, crime, religion, sports, patriotism, royals, adventure, pathos, and passion A believable timeline of a what could have happened story for a true legend.Italian words make appearances with non intrusive translations i.e., He had painted her from a distance for a year now, the pastorella the shepherdess and her woolly charges Lafferty s writing remain The saga covers the later part of the 16th century when the de Medici reigned Here you ll find romance, politics, gossip, power, patronage, crime, religion, sports, patriotism, royals, adventure, pathos, and passion A believable timeline of a what could have happened story for a true legend.Italian words make appearances with non intrusive translations i.e., He had painted her from a distance for a year now, the pastorella the shepherdess and her woolly charges Lafferty s writing remains consistent throughout her novels I ve yet to read the Bloodletter s Daughter You ll either like her style or not Of her novels I ve read this has been my favorite because Renaissance Tuscany is a favorite subject of mine I like that her characters are based on historically accurate people The 3 novels I ve read have actually been narrated so maybe that s why I found it faster paced and withcharacter development than some.The cover painting appears to be Young Shepherdess Standing by William Ad
When the history is written about a place or an era the lives and accomplishments of women and racial religious class minorities are often omitted Ms Lafferty shines a spotlight on the fate of women rich and poor in renaissance Tuscany forced marriage, banishment to a convent, prostitution, poor girls sold into servitude, and even murder Virginia Tacci, a poor orphan and shepherdess, dreams of horses Encouraged by her godfather Cesare Brunelli a respected horse trainer and nurtured by When the history is written about a place or an era the lives and accomplishments of women and racial religious class minorities are often omitted Ms Lafferty shines a spotlight
DNF So boring I m not going to rate it though That wouldn t be fair. 5 s 5 s 5 s If you love historical fiction, I highly recommend Linda Lafferty s books This one was Awesome

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  • Paperback
  • 596 pages
  • The Shepherdess of Siena
  • Linda Lafferty
  • 05 December 2017
  • 1477822070