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The Scroll of Seduction: A Novel of Power, Madness, and Royalty [Paperback]

Item : The Scroll of Seduction: A Novel of Power, Madness, and Royalty [Paperback]
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Author Author : Belli, Gioconda
ISBN-10 ISBN-10 : 0060833130
ISBN-13 ISBN-13 : 9780060833138
Publisher Publisher : Harper Paperbacks
Pages Pages : 352
Binding Binding : Paperback
Item ID : 100000860

On an outing from her boarding school, young Lucía meets Manuel—art historian and exquisite storyteller—who shares with her the tale of one of history's most tumultuous loves: Queen Juana of Castile's legendary devotion to her husband, Prince Philippe the Handsome. Embracing a union thrust upon her by political necessity, Juana responds with all the passionate abandon inherent in her fiery nature—and is forced to pay a high price for her honest sensuality. For there are those at the Renaissance court who will not allow such unabashed independence in the heir to one of the world's most powerful empires—and they declare Juana mad, denying her ascension to the throne. But is she truly insane, or is she merely a victim of her own impetuosity and unbridled desire? Or is Juana a pawn in a fierce power struggle for control of the throne?

Lucía attends raptly to the tale Manuel relates—and their own story begins to miraculously, dangerously mirror that of Juana the Mad and her beloved prince.

Praise for THE COUNTRY UNDER MY SKINA poetic, penetrating and revelatory tale of love and war, literature and politics. . .lyrical, dramatic and incisive, Bellis soulful self-portrait and paean to her beautiful, beleagured country is at once timely and timeless, tragic and life-affirming.Love and revolution have rarely been so splendidly and provocatively intertwined than in this heretic memoir of a womans sensual and intellectual voyage of self-discovery in Nicaragua.Gioconda Bellis memoir reads better than a novel. It recounts her larger-than-life experiences as a revolutionary, lover, and mother with honesty, passion, intelligence and, above all, poetry. The Country Under My Skin is as much the story of Nicaragua as it is one extraordinary womans dreams.Unravels [the] contradictions. . .all too common among powerful womenwith characteristic candor and dignity. . .Often joyous, surprisingly fluid.Engaging. . .When Belll£,

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