The Second Duchess – Elizabeth Loupas

I enjoyed reading this book so much that I immediately read it a second time – to enjoy the subtler parts of the fascinating story of Barbara (a Princess of Austria) – married to the Duke of Ferrara in Renaissance Italy. It’s dark, romantic and gripping. I told my grandson, a Surrey Semiahmoo High School Grade 12 graduate about this book and about the Robert Browning poem “My Last Duchess” in the story. “Oh, we read that poem just last year – that course was the best of the year”, he said. I emailed Elizabeth Loupas, and she told me the poem gave her the idea for the book when she was tutoring a Grade 12 student in English 12! (submitted by library customer EVH)

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