The Towers of Tuscany

  • Filename: the-towers-of-tuscany.
  • ISBN: 1477827218
  • Release Date: 2014-12-16
  • Number of pages: 358
  • Author: Carol Cram
  • Publisher: Lake Union Press

Sofia is trained in secret as a painter in her father's workshop during a time when women did not paint openly. She loves her work, but her restless spirit leads her to betray her extraordinary gifts to marry a man who comes to despise her for not producing a son. After Sofia's father is crushed by his own fresco during an attack motivated by a vendetta, Sofia realizes she must escape her loveless marriage. She flees to Siena, where, disguised as a boy, she paints again. When her work attracts the notice of a nobleman who discovers the woman under the dirty smock, Sofia is faced with a choice that nearly destroys her. Meticulously researched settings and compelling characters are united with a strong heroine in this rich portrait of medieval Italy.

The Shepherdess of Siena

  • Filename: the-shepherdess-of-siena.
  • ISBN: 1477822070
  • Release Date: 2015-03-31
  • Number of pages: 574
  • Author: Linda Lafferty
  • Publisher: Lake Union Press

Raised by her aunt and uncle amidst the rolling hills of the Tuscan countryside, young orphan Virginia Tacci has always harbored a deep love for horses--though she knows she may never have the chance to ride. As a shepherdess in sixteenth-century Italy, Virginia's possibilities are doubly limited by her peasant class and her gender. Yet while she tends her flock, Virginia is captivated by the daring equestrian feats of the high-spirited Isabella De' Medici, who rides with the strength and courage of any man, much to the horror of her brother, the tyrannical Gran Duca Francesco De' Medici. Inspired, the young shepherdess keeps one dream close to her heart: to race in Siena's Palio. Twenty-six years after Florence captured Siena, Virginia's defiance will rally the broken spirit of the Senese people and threaten the pernicious reign of the Gran Duca. Bringing alive the rich history of one of Tuscany's most famed cities, this lush, captivating saga draws an illuminating portrait of one girl with an unbreakable spirit.

Villas of Tuscany

  • Filename: villas-of-tuscany.
  • ISBN: 0865652430
  • Release Date: 2003-10-01
  • Number of pages: 320
  • Author: Carlo Cresti
  • Publisher: Vendome Press

'Villas of Tuscany' brings together 40 examples ranging in date from the Middle Ages to the late 19th century. Each is captured with all its aristocratic trappings - towers, peach-color stucco walls, and red-tiled roofs; dovecotes, courtyards, and loggias; nobly proportioned salons with sumptuous furnishings; and panoramic views over the Tuscan landscape, a sun-drenched world of rolling hills, olive groves, vineyards, and tall cypresses.

The Towers of Trebizond

  • Filename: the-towers-of-trebizond.
  • ISBN: 9780006544210
  • Release Date: 1956
  • Number of pages: 277
  • Author: Rose Macaulay
  • Publisher: HarperCollins UK

This story describes the experiences of a group of people on a trip to Turkey. Aunt Dot is set on the emancipation of Turkish women through the encouragement of a wider use of the bathing hat, whilst Laurie's only object is pleasure.

The Rose Girls

  • Filename: the-rose-girls.
  • ISBN: 1477829326
  • Release Date: 2015-06-01
  • Number of pages: 310
  • Author: Victoria Connelly
  • Publisher: Lake Union Publishing

Thirty-year-old Celeste Hamilton's life is at a crossroads: she has just left a disastrous marriage, and her estranged mother has recently died, leaving the family's rose business in jeopardy. Reluctantly, Celeste returns to the family home, a moated manor house in Suffolk, to help her two younger sisters sort out the estate and revive the business. Having endured the fallout from her mother's narcissistic personality disorder when she was younger, Celeste is filled with self-doubt and crippling insecurities. But she must find the strength and courage to take charge and make some tough decisions to keep the old house from falling down around them. The Rose Girls is an uplifting, tender and romantic story of courage, perseverance and the healing power of family.

Up at the Villa

  • Filename: up-at-the-villa.
  • ISBN: 9780771060205
  • Release Date: 2016-06-07
  • Number of pages: 90
  • Author: W. Somerset Maugham
  • Publisher: New Canadian Library

Mary Panton is a young widow; her alcoholic, violent husband was killed in a car accident, and now she lives in a friend’s villa. Her life is quiet, but she is content – until things are thrown off kilter by the appearance of Karl Richter, an Austrian art student fleeing the Nazis. At first Mary and Karl are drawn together by their shared sense of loss, but Karl’s scars run much deeper than Mary realizes, and she finds herself caught in a web of deceit and death. Penguin Random House Canada is proud to bring you classic works of literature in e-book form, with the highest quality production values. Find more today and rediscover books you never knew you loved.


  • Filename: constantinopolis.
  • ISBN: 1477827420
  • Release Date: 2015-03-10
  • Number of pages: 300
  • Author: James D. Shipman
  • Publisher: Lake Union Press

For over a thousand years, the medieval city of Constantinople has been the jewel on the crown of the Roman Empire. Now, the once-mighty metropolis is broken down, with its defensive walls in shambles. Long have the neighboring Turks wanted to claim the city, and Mehmet—the impetuous new Turkish sultan—thinks he and his legions might finally have their chance. In defiance of his late father's advisors, Mehmet vows to be the first leader in a millennium to wrench Constantinople from the Christians. He is determined to take the city from the weakened but beloved Emperor Constantine—even if he loses his throne and his life in the process. An epic historical military adventure, Constantinopolis plots out the future of civilization as shaped by a number of fascinating characters, including one leader desperate to save his people from destruction and another determined to lead his nation to glory.

The Wisdom of Tuscany

  • Filename: the-wisdom-of-tuscany.
  • ISBN: 0920256686
  • Release Date: 2010-10-26
  • Number of pages: 272
  • Author: Ferenc Mate
  • Publisher: Albatross

A twenty-year resident draws on personal experience and anecdotal history to explore the region's picturesque and culturally rich environment and the positive impact it has on its people, in a tribute that celebrates regional community spirit, cuisine, and craftsmanship. By the best-selling author of The Hills of Tuscany.

The Renaissance Artist at Work

  • Filename: the-renaissance-artist-at-work.
  • ISBN: 006430129X
  • Release Date: 1990-08-31
  • Number of pages: 216
  • Author: Bruce Cole
  • Publisher: Westview Press

This text gives the necessary background for the study and appreciation of Italian painting and sculpture from about 1250 to 1550. It tells how the artists learned their craft, the organization of their workshops, and the guilds they belonged to; how their customers or patrons treated them and where their work was displayed - churches, civic buildings, or private homes. The book discusses how art was made - tempera, oil, panel, canvas, fresco and also surveys the characteristic types of Renaissance art - altar pieces, portraits, tombs, busts, doors fountains, medals, etc.

The Lost Towers of Florence

  • Filename: the-lost-towers-of-florence.
  • ISBN: 9780954163372
  • Release Date: 2014-11-20
  • Number of pages: 59
  • Author: Chris Dobson
  • Publisher: Chris Dobson

The modern visitor to the city of Florence might wonder what on earth this book is about. Surely it is Bologna or San Gimignano that are famous for their towers, or maybe even Lucca, but not Florence? Yet in the High Middle Ages - long before the Medici came to power - the skyline of the city was entirely different from what we see today, studded with hundreds of massive towers built by the rival Guelph and Ghibelline factions that plunged Florence into a bloody and pitiless civil war that lasted for generations. This eBook describes those now-vanished towers: how they came to be built, why they have almost entirely disappeared, and where you can still get an impression of what these incredible buildings were like, if you know where to look. It makes a great companion for the traveller actually visiting Florence, but is also written for the ‘armchair traveller’ or history enthusiast

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