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The Red Lily Crown Reading The Red Lily Crown Elizabeth Loupas Thomashillier.co.uk 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


10 thoughts on “The Red Lily Crown

  1. says:

    I ve rarely been so happy to offer a cover quote for a novel Elizabeth Loupas hit it out of the park with The Second Duchess, and The Flower Reader proved she was no one hit wonder With The Red Lily Crown she establishes herself as a major talent in the world of historical fiction Heroine Chiara is a scrappy tough as nails street urchin who would be happy to sell her body to a ruthless Medici Duke if it would support her family, but since the Duke is mad for alchemy and already has a far beautiful mistress, Chiara sells him her father s alchemical equipment instead Chiara ends up with a job as the Duke s virgin acolyte assistant, as well as a front row seat to the world of Medici madness, murder, and blood lust The Duke is a first rate creep who needs to die, his mistress is one of the nastiest villainnesses I ve ever read and I ve created a few nasty ones, ...


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    Another winner from Elizabeth Loupas The Red Lily Crown is an exciting and dangerous novel of Florence under Francesco de Medici s rule, and if you re not familiar with Francesco and his family, prepare to be shocked Our story begins when Chiara Nerini, a young woman desperate to feed her starving family, attempts to sell her late father s alchemical equipment to Francesco de Medici, the regent and soon to be Grand Duke of Florence Chiara ends up helping her family survive, but not in the way she imagined She is given a position in Francesco s court as his soror mystica, a feminine counterpart to himself and his assistant, Englishman Ruan dell Inghilterra, in his ultimate quest to create the mythical Philosopher s Stone.Motivated by her own reasons for seeking to harness the power of the famed stone, she embarks on a path of alchemical education and enlightenment, pampered for the first time in her life and privy to some of the inner secrets of the court But she quickly learns that Francesco s favor never comes without a price, and as his quest for power grows and his wrath turns on those she cares about, Chiara soon finds herself trapped in his court, fighting for her own lif...


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    Find this and other reviews at to self When Kate Quinn recommends a book, don t wait to read it It sounds like a sales pitch, but I m not exaggerating Kate told me I d love The Red Lily Crown when I first received it, but I took time to finish six other titles before really delving into Elizabeth Loupas third release Looking back I could kick myself for the delay because Kate was right I absolutely loved this book Loupas depiction of sixteenth century Tuscany is radiantly atmospheric Jumping from the page, the city comes to life with as much character and personality as the people who walk her streets Loupas portrait of the Medici court is another noteworthy aspect of her work Not to gush, but Loupas depiction is treacherous, duplicitous, and refreshingly original Intrigue among the ruling class is a popular backdrop for historic fiction, but few authors put this much effort into recreating the rhythms and idiosyncrasies of the political climate under any particular ruler Chiara s relationship with Ruan added nice contrast to the story Developing over several years, the reader is able to see it mature in unique ways despite the differences in their age, motivations and perception of alchemical arts I was also struck by Loupas c...


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    Setting 16th Century FlorenceSteam Factor Mild3 1 2 StarsAs one duke dies and another prepares to take his place his son Florence is in a state of fear and confusion Young Chiara Nerini would gladly sell her body to the new duke Francesco, if it meant keeping her grandmother and sister safe Since she cant and wont do that she decides to lure the new duke in by showing him a token from her late father s alchemy collection Being addicted to secret alchemy equipment and all the mystic behind it, Francesco wants not only Chiara s father s hidden treasures but her as well as his virgin accolade For trying to sell a piece of the equipment to the duke as well as a promise for others if she is paid well for them Chiara becomes Francesco s prisoner for fourteen years, navigating the halls of the Plaza and myriad intrigues As we read we watch Chiara grow from a young girl to a woman working alongside the duke s alchemist Ruanno And just who is this man who seems to carry his own secrets and burdens Can she trust him It certainly becomes easy for her to fall in love with him as they become pawns in Francesco s treachery Great historical detail was taken here in the writing of this story that s for sure The author did a great job painting a vivid portrait of the time, which will give the reader an in depth picture of the beauty, cruelty and madness as well as the superstitious nature of powerful men and women While this was a well crafted story I have to be honest that many time...


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    Red Lily Crown is a unique, well researched story of 16th century Medici court, where one could be in high favor one day and disappear the next As history has proven, even having the Medici blood flowing through your veins would not necessarily keep it from being spilled Loupas uses fictional main character Chiara to tell the story of the turbulent days of Francesco Medici s reign.He is a man who made people wonder how God chose the birth order in royal families, as he is cruel, selfish, and completely ill suited to rule His obsession with Bianca Cappello and alchemy conjoin to create a vicious, cruel temperament and the belief that nothing and nobody could ever harm him This is the Grand Duke Francesco who takes young Chiara into his household in order to have her serve as his alchemy assistant It is not as though she could refuse.The bright side of this dangerous liaison is that it brings Ruan into her life He is an Englishman with as troubled of a past as Chiara s, though it takes them years to completely reveal themselves to one another He was my favorite character in the story and the one who seemed to be the most admirable, which seems a funny thing to say about a man who had than once played the part of an assassin.I enjoyed Chiara s character and story though it took a while to get off the ground and her character was ...


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    There are some parts of this that I enjoyed the alchemy, the dogs, the relationship between the two main characters But, it s a very brutal book So many deaths The sadistic prince s viewpoint was especially disturbing, and any revenge or happine...


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    You know what books are supposed to save you from The drudgeries of life Spanning fifteen years, The Red Lily Crown, unfortunately, contains a lot of drudgery After reading the Author s Note, however, the unseemly time span of the novel makes sense Loupas was aligning the events of the story with history At the novel s inception, Chiara, the orphaned daughter of a bookseller involved in alchemy, is driven by desperation to seek out the son of the Duke of Tuscany Her plan is simple as all the Florentine denizens are aware, the prince is obsessed with alchemy and women She offers to sell some of her father s old equipment in exchange for money to provide for her younger sisters and grandmother Unexpectedly, Prince Francesco and his alchemist metallurgist, Ruanno, take an interest in Chiara in their quest to create the Philosopher s Stone due to her father s equipment And with the heir of the red lily crown s favor resting on her, Chiara soon finds herself transported from a world of squalor and impoverishment to the deadly grandeur of the court of the Medici I loved that Loupas was not afraid to give her characters the ax,...


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    Elizabeth Loupas hits it out of the ball park again Her latest tale of intrigue and betrayal is set in the court of the Grand Duke Francesco de Medici The historical detailing of the Florentine court adds layers, rather than detracting from the narrative.Chiara Nerini, daughter of a bookseller, is desperate to sell her late father s alchemical artifacts to the Duke The money would buy the very next meal for her, her Nonna and two sisters When she literally holds up his entourage in the town square, the Duke is as interested in Chiara as he is in her wares She gets whisked off to his palace, and gets ordained to be his soror mystica the female element required in the synthesis of the Philosophers Stone Duke Francesco is obsessed with alchemy, and would do anything to get his hands on the fabled Stone Guiding them on the process is Master Ruanno, the Duke s Cornish alchemist.Francesco acts as the cog in the narrative in this story Newly come into the Ducal position, he prefers the simple life over all the responsibilities He hates his parents for all the harshness of his childhood training,and his Imperial wife preferring to play act a labourer with his mistress But he will not tolerate a...


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    No one has Loupas imagination She writes about lesser known, but very prominent historical figures She takes on subject matters that would scare most authors away In her third novel, it s alchemy Not trendy, fantasy alchemy, but highly researched and interesting alchemy I mean come on, Loupas took on Floromancy in her last book She used her distinctive imagination this time to weave the story of Francesco de Medici The Grand Duke of Tuscany , his historically gossip fueled mistress Bianca with fictional characters Chiara and Ruan his alchemists Chiara, a bookseller s daughter finds herself in the court of the Medicis Ruan, an Englishman ran out of his home in England during Edward VI s religious warsfind themselves part of Francesco s lust for the Lapis Philosophorum an alchemist s ultimate dream If you re familiar with Francesco s reign and even if you re not, you will be hooked The Medici s, like most Renaissance ...


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    4.5 stars The Red Lily Crown is the latest release by Elizabeth Loupas, who is beginning to become one of my historical fiction must read authors I have enjoyed her other books and this one was no different The Red Lily Crown is a story of an alchemist named Chiara and the infamous Medici family It is a good blend of historical fiction and magical realism and I ate it up If you re looking for a good book to get lost in, this is a great choice Chiara is a really amazing character I loved reading about her in this book I loved the aspect of her being an alchemist in this book The Medici duke that Chiara works for Francesco is wild about alchemy and invites Chiara to practice in his household even when others frown upon putting so much faith into that practice Loupas was really able to make the things that Chiara do feel really real She is also just a really fantastic character She s strong and as she doesn t have much family support, it is up to her to really make h...