Set in sixteenth-century Istanbul during the illustrious Ottoman
Empire, The Legacy of Grazia dei Rossi chronicles the fate
of Grazia's son, Danilo, and his forbidden love affair
with Princess Saida, the Sultan's beloved daughter.
Judah del Medigo, Jewish physician to the Sultan at the Ottoman
court and husband of Grazia dei Rossi, has been misinformed that
his son, Danilo, perished at sea on the way to Istanbul. When the
two are eventually reunited, Judah's first thought is to
resign from the Sultan's service to devote himself to his
son's recovery. But the Great Suleiman is not about to
give up his valued Chief Body Physician. A ruler accustomed to
getting his way, the Sultan proposes a bargain: he offers the boy a
place in the harem school for royal children, plus the services of
his own mother as guardian while the doctor is absent during
campaign season in Baghdad. It is an opportunity that Judah cannot
deny his son.
Danilo is assigned as his tutor the princess Saida, the
Sultan's beloved daughter. At first the two resent each
other deeply. But as Danilo and Saida approach adulthood they fall
in love and begin a forbidden romance. Fate has decreed that Saida
will marry a husband of the Sultan's choosing, and Danilo
will return to Italy to study medicine just as his father did. For
a princess preparing for marriage, a dalliance with an unrelated
male would cast a stain on the Sultan's honour that could
only be avenged by death . . .
A tantalizing look at life in the Ottoman court, The Legacy
of Grazia dei Rossi is a sweeping historical romance and the
long-awaited follow-up to the international sensation The
Secret Book of Grazia dei Rossi.