The Red Lily Crown

3.82 avg rating
( 463 ratings by Goodreads )
 
9780099571537: The Red Lily Crown

Elizabeth Loupas returns with her most ambitious historical novel yet, a story of intrigue, passion, and murder in the Medici Court...

April, 1574, Florence, Italy. Grand Duke Cosimo de’ Medici lies dying. The city is paralyzed with dread, for the next man to wear the red lily crown will be Prince Francesco: despotic, dangerous, and obsessed with alchemy.

Chiara Nerini, the troubled daughter of an anti-Medici bookseller, sets out to save her starving family by selling her dead father’s rare alchemical equipment to the prince. Instead she is trapped in his household—imprisoned and forcibly initiated as a virgin acolyte in Francesco’s quest for power and immortality. Undaunted, she seizes her chance to pursue undreamed-of power of her own.

Witness to sensuous intrigues and brutal murder plots, Chiara seeks a safe path through the labyrinth of Medici tyranny and deception. Beside her walks the prince’s mysterious English alchemist Ruanno, her friend and teacher, driven by his own dark goals. Can Chiara trust him to keep her secrets...even to love her...or will he prove to be her most treacherous enemy of all?

"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.

About the Author:

Elizabeth Loupas held various positions in radio and television, and worked as an editor, writer, and marketing consultant.  She holds degrees in literary studies and library/information science.  She lives with her husband and two beagles. She is the author of The Second DuchessThe Flower Reader, and The Red Lily Crown.

Review:

Praise for The Red Lily Crown

“Machiavelli meets The Brothers Grimm: a dark fairy tale with the addictive allure of a poison dream. Renaissance Florence springs to life in all its gorgeous, treacherous glory when a brave street urchin finds herself neck deep in Medici blood-lust. A dash of magic, a maze of murder, a heroine to root for, and a villain who needs to die--this is historical fiction at its most compelling.”—Kate Quinn, author of The Serpent and the Pearl and The Lion and the Rose

“Brings to life all the brutality, deception, and glamour of one of history’s most intoxicating eras. I could not put it down!”—C.W. Gortner, author of The Queen’s Vow

“Elizabeth Loupas works her own particular alchemy on her readers as she brings the heady elements of the Medici court to life—fascinating!”—Marina Fiorato, author of The Botticelli Secret and The Venetian Secret

“You will race through this book and then find yourself wishing it did not have to end.”—Sophie Perinot, author of The Sister Queens

“I'm enthralled by the world evoked in The Red Lily Crown: the magnificent, dangerous and deeply amoral court of the Medici in late 16th century Florence. And I fell in love with Chiara, a spunky alchemist's daughter.... A deliciously decadent page-turner.”—Nancy Bilyeau, author of The Crown and The Chalice

Praise for the novels of Elizabeth Loupas

“Effortlessly evokes the dangerous glamour of Renaissance Italy...spellbinding”—The Chicago Tribune

"Thick with intrigue and spiced with scandal, The Flower Reader is a lush, vibrant tapestry of a book.”—Deanna Raybourn, New York Times bestselling author of The Dark Enquiry

“The historical mystery at the heart of this excellent novel kept me turning pages late into the night even as I admonished myself to slow down and savor the feast for the senses laid out on each page.”—Brenda Rickman Vantrease, author of The Heretic’s Wife  

“This novel was completely mesmerizing and captivating...The writing style is masterful, creating a novel that was suspenseful, complex, and peopled with quirky and difficult characters.” —San Francisco Book Review

"Rich in historical detail and all the dangerous grandeur of court life in Renaissance Italy."  —C.S. Harris, author of the Sebastian St. Cyr Mystery series

“I look forward to Elizabeth Loupas’s next book.”—Historical Novels Review (Editor’s Choice)
 

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

1.

Loupas, Elizabeth
Published by Arrow (2015)
ISBN 10: 0099571536 ISBN 13: 9780099571537
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller
Travel-Bookshop
(Hertfordshire, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Arrow, 2015. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Brand new books and maps available immediately from a reputable and well rated UK bookseller - not sent from the USA; despatched promptly and reliably worldwide by Royal Mail; Bookseller Inventory # BOO09159780099571537

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
2.59
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 4.10
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

2.

Elizabeth Loupas
Published by Cornerstone, United Kingdom (2015)
ISBN 10: 0099571536 ISBN 13: 9780099571537
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller
The Book Depository
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Cornerstone, United Kingdom, 2015. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Language: English . Brand New Book. This is a compelling story of intrigue, passion, and murder in the Medici Court, from the author of The Flower Reader and The Second Duchess. This book is perfect for fans of Philippa Gregory and Sarah Dunant. Florence, 1574 Fighting for survival in the teeming city of Florence, Chiara Nerini sets out to sell her dead father s rare alchemical equipment. Instead she is imprisoned and forcibly initiated as a virgin acolyte by the alchemy-obsessed Prince Francesco, heir to the red lily crown of the Medici. Francesco believes her purity to be an essential element in his quest for eternal life. He will keep her in luxury, but his price is her freedom and a vow of celibacy that can be broken only by death. Chiara must seek a safe path through the labyrinth of Francesco s deadly court. But to do so means to cast her lot with the mysterious English alchemist who calls himself Ruanno. Can Chiara trust him with her secrets.even her love.or will he prove to be her most treacherous enemy of all?. Bookseller Inventory # AAZ9780099571537

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
7.20
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

3.

Elizabeth Loupas
Published by Cornerstone, United Kingdom (2015)
ISBN 10: 0099571536 ISBN 13: 9780099571537
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller
The Book Depository US
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Cornerstone, United Kingdom, 2015. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Language: English . Brand New Book. This is a compelling story of intrigue, passion, and murder in the Medici Court, from the author of The Flower Reader and The Second Duchess. This book is perfect for fans of Philippa Gregory and Sarah Dunant. Florence, 1574 Fighting for survival in the teeming city of Florence, Chiara Nerini sets out to sell her dead father s rare alchemical equipment. Instead she is imprisoned and forcibly initiated as a virgin acolyte by the alchemy-obsessed Prince Francesco, heir to the red lily crown of the Medici. Francesco believes her purity to be an essential element in his quest for eternal life. He will keep her in luxury, but his price is her freedom and a vow of celibacy that can be broken only by death. Chiara must seek a safe path through the labyrinth of Francesco s deadly court. But to do so means to cast her lot with the mysterious English alchemist who calls himself Ruanno. Can Chiara trust him with her secrets.even her love.or will he prove to be her most treacherous enemy of all?. Bookseller Inventory # AAZ9780099571537

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
7.41
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

4.

Elizabeth Loupas
ISBN 10: 0099571536 ISBN 13: 9780099571537
New Quantity Available: > 20
Seller
BWB
(Valley Stream, NY, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Book Condition: New. Depending on your location, this item may ship from the US or UK. Bookseller Inventory # 97800995715370000000

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
7.66
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

5.

Loupas, Elizabeth
Published by Arrow (2015)
ISBN 10: 0099571536 ISBN 13: 9780099571537
New Paperback Quantity Available: 5
Seller
Pearlydewdrops
(Streat, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Arrow, 2015. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Shipped from the UK within 2 business days of order being placed. Bookseller Inventory # mon0000107173

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
2.49
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 6.10
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

6.

Loupas, Elizabeth
Published by Arrow (2015)
ISBN 10: 0099571536 ISBN 13: 9780099571537
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller
The Monster Bookshop
(Fleckney, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Arrow, 2015. Paperback. Book Condition: New. BRAND NEW ** SUPER FAST SHIPPING FROM UK WAREHOUSE ** 30 DAY MONEY BACK GUARANTEE. Bookseller Inventory # mon0001514435

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
8.34
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 1.99
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

7.

Loupas, Elizabeth
Published by Arrow Books Ltd
ISBN 10: 0099571536 ISBN 13: 9780099571537
New Softcover Quantity Available: 5
Seller
Kennys Bookstore
(Olney, MD, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Arrow Books Ltd. Book Condition: New. Florence, 1574 Fighting for survival in the teeming city of Florence, Chiara Nerini sets out to sell her dead father's rare alchemical equipment. Instead she is imprisoned and forcibly initiated as a virgin acolyte by the alchemy-obsessed Prince Francesco, heir to the red lily crown of the Medici. Num Pages: 432 pages. BIC Classification: FV. Category: (G) General (US: Trade). Dimension: 131 x 198 x 29. Weight in Grams: 304. . 2015. Paperback. . . . . Books ship from the US and Ireland. Bookseller Inventory # V9780099571537

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
10.50
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

8.

Loupas, Elizabeth
Published by Arrow Books Ltd (2015)
ISBN 10: 0099571536 ISBN 13: 9780099571537
New Softcover Quantity Available: 5
Rating
[?]

Book Description Arrow Books Ltd, 2015. Book Condition: New. Florence, 1574 Fighting for survival in the teeming city of Florence, Chiara Nerini sets out to sell her dead father's rare alchemical equipment. Instead she is imprisoned and forcibly initiated as a virgin acolyte by the alchemy-obsessed Prince Francesco, heir to the red lily crown of the Medici. Num Pages: 432 pages. BIC Classification: FV. Category: (G) General (US: Trade). Dimension: 131 x 198 x 29. Weight in Grams: 304. . 2015. Paperback. . . . . . Bookseller Inventory # V9780099571537

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
10.77
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From Ireland to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

9.

Elizabeth Loupas
Published by Arrow (2015)
ISBN 10: 0099571536 ISBN 13: 9780099571537
New Softcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller
Rating
[?]

Book Description Arrow, 2015. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # GH9780099571537

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
8.04
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 3.56
From Germany to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

10.

Elizabeth Loupas
Published by Cornerstone
ISBN 10: 0099571536 ISBN 13: 9780099571537
New Paperback Quantity Available: 5
Seller
THE SAINT BOOKSTORE
(Southport, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Cornerstone. Paperback. Book Condition: new. BRAND NEW, The Red Lily Crown, Elizabeth Loupas, This is a compelling story of intrigue, passion, and murder in the Medici Court, from the author of The Flower Reader and The Second Duchess. This book is perfect for fans of Philippa Gregory and Sarah Dunant. Florence, 1574 Fighting for survival in the teeming city of Florence, Chiara Nerini sets out to sell her dead father's rare alchemical equipment. Instead she is imprisoned and forcibly initiated as a virgin acolyte by the alchemy-obsessed Prince Francesco, heir to the red lily crown of the Medici. Francesco believes her purity to be an essential element in his quest for eternal life. He will keep her in luxury, but his price is her freedom and a vow of celibacy that can be broken only by death. Chiara must seek a safe path through the labyrinth of Francesco's deadly court. But to do so means to cast her lot with the mysterious English alchemist who calls himself Ruanno. Can Chiara trust him with her secrets.even her love.or will he prove to be her most treacherous enemy of all?. Bookseller Inventory # B9780099571537

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
4.80
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 6.95
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

There are more copies of this book

View all search results for this book