praise for The Scarlet Contessa
"Sexually voracious, battle-hardened, a ruler in her own lands, Caterina rejects a woman’s place in a macho culture. Does she get away with it? That’s what this guilty pleasure of a novel is about."
"In her fascinating novels Kalogridis focuses on the intrigues, passions and history of the Renaissance, drawing readers into the events that shaped the era through the lives of remarkable women. In a time when women quietly obeyed, Caterina Sforza forged her own destiny, choosing her lovers and fighting battles. In Kalogridis’ hands, she comes alive as an extraordinary woman ahead of her time."
RT Book Review (4 stars)
"Historical novelist Kalogridis has again woven a delightful and intricate tapestry of life, love, lust, politics and ambition that made up the Italian peninsula in the 15th century. . . . Depictions of sumptuous richness and the basest squalor, the petty enmities and jealousies, the corruption at the heart of the Vatican are shown in splendid detail and make this an incredibly rewarding read. Highly recommended."
"[A] vividly rendered historical . . . plenty of intrigue and conspiracy in the lusty plot."
"action and drama aplenty. . . a very good historical"
Historical Novel Society
"Bestselling author Jeanne Kalogridis returns to Renaissance Italy in this vivid tale of one of the era's lesser known figures— the indomitable Caterina Sforza. . . . Kalogridis has crafted a magnificent evocation of a tumultuous and complex era . . . Highly recommended!"