Trade paperback (US). Glued binding. 576 p.
From the Publisher
The Secret Book of Grazia dei Rossi is a sweeping tale of
intrigue and romance set in a time rife with court politics, papal
chicanery, religious intolerance, and inviolable social rules.
Grazia, 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 of 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.