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Wolves in Winter by Lisa Hilton
  

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Sold as a slave and ending up befriended by the Medicis, our heroine Mura is a strangely gifted young woman. She becomes a protégée of Countess Caterina Storza and is schooled in alchemy. The Renaissance court becomes her home. The intrigue, politics and treachery of the time unfold here in a rich tapestry, almost like a colourful history lesson of a bloody period.

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Wolves in Winter by Lisa Hilton

ITALY, 1492. Five-year-old Mura is a strange and bewitching child. Daughter of a Nordic mother and Spanish father, she has been tutored in both Arabic learning and the ancient mythology of the north. But when her widower father is taken by the Inquisition, Mura is sold to a Genoese slaver. In the port of Savona, Mura's androgynous looks and unusual abilities fetch a high price. She is bought as a house slave for the powerful Medici, arriving in Florence as the city prepares for war against the French. When the family are forced to flee, Mura finds herself gifted to the notorious Lioness of Romagna, Countess Caterina Sforza. Beautiful, ruthless and intelligent, the Countess is fascinated by Mura's arcane knowledge. As the Lioness educates her further in the arts of alchemy, potions and poisons, Mura becomes a potent weapon in the Machiavellian intrigues of the Renaissance court...

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Hilton provides both a captivating portrait of a multifaceted woman and a window to a long-lost world. -- Booklist on Athenais


About the Author

Lisa Hilton is the critically acclaimed author of 'Athenais: The Real Queen of France' and 'Mistress Peachum's Pleasure'. She was educated at Oxford University, and presently lives in Central London.

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30th November 1999

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Lisa Hilton

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9781848874688

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