From the book jacket: Isabella d'Este,
daughter of the Duke of Ferrara, born into privilege and the political and
artistic turbulence of Renaissance Italy, is a stunning black-eyed blonde and a
precocious lover and collector of art. Worldly and ambitious, she has never
envied her less attractive sister, the spirited but naïve Beatrice, until, by a
quirk of fate, Beatrice is betrothed to the future Duke of Milan. Although he is
more than twice their age, openly lives with his mistress, and is reputedly
trying to eliminate the current duke by nefarious means, Ludovico Sforza is
Isabella's match in intellect and passion for all things of beauty. Only he
would allow her to fulfill her destiny: to reign over one of the world's most
powerful and enlightened realms and be immortalized in oil by the genius
Leonardo da Vinci.
Though Isabella weds the Marquis of ...
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