Monday, November 1, 2010

Mailbox Monday - The Trophy Bride's Tale

I received for review The Trophy Bride's Tale by Cyrilla Barr from Bascom Hill Publishing Group.

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Prudenza, an innocent convent-educated adolescent, the trophy bride of a silk merchant - subjected to increasing cruelty and harsh treatment at his hands. Even so, she tries to be a good wife within the social constraints of Renaissance Italy.

The Trophy Bride's Tale is based on a true case of domestic abuse, murder, and criminal justice in sixteenth-century Florence. Cyrilla Barr's imagination and scholarship combine to illuminate a footnote in history: the story of a young mother convicted of killing her husband.

Using archival documents as the framework of the narrative, and with attention to historic detail, Barr adds life and spirit to the story of Prudenza Cecchi. The tale begins as she is led to the scaffold, choosing to sacrifice her own life to save her children.

Barr's foray into fiction demonstrates that the gender policies of domestic abuse in 1549 are familiar and relevant today. Prudenza's story is both a lament and a testament to love, determination, and personal power.

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The Trophy Wife's Tale will soon be offered as a giveaway at Tribute Books Mama.

5 comments:

  1. I love historical fiction and this sounds like one I'd really enjoy!

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  2. I don't know why, but it seems like the woman had a lot of spirit to do something like that - way back when beating your wife was par for the course, or an accepted thing to do. It's sad that she ended up on the scaffold. Sounds like an interesting book.

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  3. As much as I have read so far, I am very interested,can't wait to find out what brought her to the scaffold, but I have a good idea. Thanks! Teddyree & Mardel.

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  4. Sounds like an interesting read.

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  5. Yes, it does peak your interest, Kah Woei

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