The Shepherdess of Siena

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The Shepherdess of Siena

The Shepherdess of Siena 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 t

  • Title: The Shepherdess of Siena
  • Author: Linda Lafferty
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  • Page: 286
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  • 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 iRaised 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.

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    1. Erin on said:

      Find this and other reviews at: flashlightcommentary.After two attempts, I think it safe to say I've a love-hate relationship with Linda Ladderty. The premise of her novels spark my curiosity, but the realities don't sit well on my palate and may indicate a need for greater discretion in the future. I don't mean to sound harsh, I'm actually pretty disappointed, but House of Bathory was hardly the story I'd envisioned when I picked it up and here again, The Shepherdess of Siena failed to impress. [...]

    2. Italo Italophiles on said:

      The Shepherdess of Siena: A Novel of Renaissance Tuscany is actually a saga of Renaissance Tuscany. This epic saga of nearly 600 pages recounts the popular and scandalizing stories linked to the de' Medici royal family, the Grand Dukes of Tuscany at the beginning of their royal-ness, and how they affect their subjects, with much about one particular subject, a young shepherdess from Siena, in Tuscany. The de' Medici banking family was raised to royal status over the Tuscany Dutchy under military [...]

    3. Kimberlyn on said:

      After reading the reviews—and with a 4.1 rating—I was eagerly anticipating reading this book. I have lived in Italy, am a scholar in sixteenth- and seventeenth-century Italian history, and enthusiastically devour anything set in that time and locale. I expected there to be artistic license taken with the historical record for the sake of Lafferty’s fictional narrative. What I didn’t expect was to be so thoroughly bored by this novel. The characters were one-dimensional and unappealing, w [...]

    4. Mirella on said:

      Author Linda Lafferty propels readers into the Italian Renaissance in the Tuscany Region. It is an epic saga and adventure, a wonderfully rich and complex story with many layers and fascinating characters. The story surrounds a young, innocent shepherdess who develops a strong fondness for horses and an uncanny ability to understand them. The tale sweeps us into the heart of Tuscany and allows readers to get to know the royals of the era along with members of the Medici family.The author has don [...]

    5. Karen on said:

      I visited Siena several years ago, and I fell in love with the city and the Palio, so I keep an eye out for books on Tuscany. This is the second book I have read by Linda Lafferty and I love her historical fiction. Virginia Tacci was an orphan being brought up by relatives. She has special bond with horses and begged to learn how to ride.

    6. Debbi on said:

      (thank you NetFGalley for an early release copy)This is Linda Lafferty's best book yet! I rarely give a five star review, but I loved this book!The Shepherdess of Siena is the story of Virginia Tacci, the first woman (actually girl, she was 14 at the time) to compete in the famous Palio of Siena. This was unheard of in 16th century Tuscany, and she most likely would have won if it weren't for political and sexist treachery.but I digress.Linda Lafferty has a knack for finding women no one has hea [...]

    7. J on said:

      The saga covers the later part of the 16th century when the de' Medici reigned. Here you'll find romance, politics, gossip, power, patronage, crime, religion, sports, patriotism, royals, adventure, pathos, and passion. A believable timeline of a what-could-have-happened story for a true legend.Italian words make appearances with non intrusive translations i.e "He had painted her from a distance for a year now, the pastorella - the shepherdess - and her woolly charges."Lafferty's writing remains [...]

    8. Patricia on said:

      When the history is written about a place or an era the lives and accomplishments of women and racial/religious/class minorities are often omitted. Ms. Lafferty shines a spotlight on the fate of women (rich and poor) in renaissance Tuscany -- forced marriage, banishment to a convent, prostitution, poor girls sold into servitude, and even murder. Virginia Tacci, a poor orphan and shepherdess, dreams of horses. Encouraged by her godfather (Cesare Brunelli) a respected horse trainer and nurtured by [...]

    9. Amanda on said:

      DNF. So boring. I'm not going to rate it though. That wouldn't be fair.

    10. Susan Crowe on said:

      5*s! 5*s! 5*s!If you love historical fiction, I highly recommend Linda Lafferty's books. This one was Awesome!

    11. Danielle Bonam on said:

      It took me quite awhile to read this novel, it appeared less interesting that Lafferty's other works; The Shepherdess of Siena proves that you shouldn't judge a book by it's cover, or it's summary. Although it had a tendency to drag on, I found myself being enthralled and pulled back in again just as I was preparing to set it down. Virginia's plight to ride the Palio despite being a woman in 15th century Italy was inspiring. However I found myself, as I'm sure anyone would, more drawn to the dra [...]

    12. TiffanyLamp on said:

      With this book, I am caught between 3 and 4 stars. I chose 3 for a few reasons.Reason 1: Four stars would express for me that I enjoyed this thoroughly. But, I did not.Reason 2: To avoid spoilers, I'll be vague. The character that went to "candyland" with the other character and then later went to "groundsville" because of stupidity, well, I wasn't too fond of all that.Reason 3: Don't judge my reason number 2. You don't know me.Reason 4: Does the smell of coffee mean anything to you?Now that I'v [...]

    13. Lucile on said:

      This is another amazingly researched and written book by Linda Lafferty. I cannot think of a book I have liked better than The Shepherdess of Siena. The Audible version helped me to hear the language and accents of the people of Siena, Tuscany. When Virginia is orphaned she lives with her aunt and uncle. While the uncle is kind and understanding the aunt is angry and mean. Virginia, who herds her Uncle's sheep dreams of a different life, one like the free-spirited, horse riding women of Medici. [...]

    14. Cathryn Karmondy on said:

      I love reading about Tuscany and the Renaissance and enjoyed this book about Virginia Tacci, the Palio and Florence. And throw in the very nasty de Medici bunch and it is an intriguing story that held my interest. While the book is fiction, many of the players in the story are part of the history of Italy. I knew very little about the Palio but as a former horse crazy adolescent I loved reading about Virginia, a Senese shepherdess who learns to ride with the intent to ride in the Palio of Siena. [...]

    15. George Owen on said:

      Compelling and entertainingSurprisingly compelling. Aroused my curiosity about the diMedici family, horses, renaissance history. Well drawn characters and compassionate perspective on humanity.

    16. Sheryl on said:

      Loved itI didn't want this novel to end. I feel that Virginia will be with me the rest of my life.

    17. CAROL ROSSI on said:

      I enjoyed it because I was on Siena at the time. The historic Palio race and the power of the Medici I intrigue me.

    18. J. Else on said:

      I received an advance review copy from publisher via NetGalley. A HUGE thank you to NetGalley & the publisher for this opportunity to read and review.I can tell this book is meticulously researched, which I very much appreciated. It is heavy on character. However, the time period & setting barely make an appearance. There was too much di’ Medici when there should have been more of a focus on the main characters and their struggles. Many of the di’ Medici politics needed to be cut. It [...]

    19. on said:

      ExcellentAmazing book that keeps you very intrigued. Never a dull moment. I couldn't put the book down because I just had to know what was going to happen next.

    20. Tara Chevrestt on said:

      It took me a bit to make the connection, but I've read about the crazy Medicis before, in Elizabeth Loupas's The Red Lily Crown. Once I realized who I was reading about and began "recognizing" events, such as the murdering of wives and the alchemy, I could not help but compare the two novels.Both novels educated us about the Medicis through the eyes of strong women of the times: Loupas gave us a female chemist; Lafferty gives us a lady jockey. Both were considered shocking and unusual during thi [...]

    21. Tamera A Jones on said:

      One dimensional characters, more interested in the artists, if you are bored and want to see what's next, go to it.

    22. Viktor on said:

      One of the worst book I have ever read. I didn't even finish it although I always do each book I start.Characters are very unrealistic. They are all either pure evil with all bad intentions, causing harm as much as possible or they are all angelically innocent and pure with no bad intentions at all. It is like reading Snow White or Cinderella only they are more realistic than this book. The author forgets that even bad people in history (Medici's) were humans and they must have had something goo [...]

    23. Jessica on said:

      The premise of this book fascinated me. In medieval Italy, a young Senese girl named Virginia Tacci develops a special bond with horses and aspires to compete in the Palio (a Tuscan horse race). I found her desire to bend traditional gender roles rather anachronistic, until I read in the author's acknowledgements that Virginia Tacci was a real figure in Italian history (if little-known and mysterious). I was horse-crazy growing up (I was always that kid begging my parents for a pony) and so I re [...]

    24. Carolyn Russett on said:

      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 c [...]

    25. Ashley Deanna on said:

      I would put this at a 3.5, but I rounded up to be generous.The second half of this book is much more impressive than the second -- the first part is meandering, lengthy, and could have been significantly culled. The second picks up in pace shortly after (view spoiler)[Virginia is sent to the convent (hide spoiler)]. There's a deep love story here, but it's not between any human, just one woman and her love of horses. But more than that, this is seriously a saga detailing not only our central cha [...]

    26. Sandra on said:

      If you are even slightly blue, do not read this book. This book makes King Lear seem a comedy. It is an honest depiction of the destruction of a girl/woman in 16th century Italy (Sienna)in depth, and the not quite so in depth of the destruction of at least three or four others by men. Oh don't get me wrong, the honorable men die too. All ends in disaster, and the evil-doers go unscathed (or die of natural causes). It is totally accurate. Those who do not die are sentenced to live. It's brutal to [...]

    27. Kristi on said:

      I was drawn to this title by the cover, feature on of my favorite artists, Bouguereau. I was intrigued by the idea that I could imagine the "shepherdess" of the series of paintings as the main character of the novel. I was, likewise, interested in the plot of a young peasant girl, with an innate love of horses, who is inspired by an chance encounter with Isabella de'Medici to follow a grand and passionate dream of doing what women of her time were forbidden to do. I was not disappointed in that [...]

    28. Elizabeth(Thoughts From an Evil Overlord) on said:

      In 1581, a 14 year old shepherdess named Virginia Tacci rode a horse in the Siena palio, a no holds barred race through the streets of Siena, Italy. No woman did this again until Rosanna Bonelli in 1957, and she fell, unable to complete the race. An Italian palio is a matter of pride for the towns and neighborhoods who enter multiple horses under their banner. Virginia's horsemanship, strength, and beauty has been lauded in poetry and tales handed down by the Sienese ever since. At a time when w [...]

    29. Ines Phillips on said:

      I loved reading this book after visiting Siena. It took me back to the places I walked!

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