Belladonna – A Florentine Beauty

Daughters of Italy series (Vol. 1)


Original Title: Bella Donna. Die Schöne von Florenz

original edition

Paperback, with flaps, 416 pages, 13.5 x 20.6 cm, 5.3 x 8.1 in.
ISBN: 978-3-328-10548-0
€ 13.00 [D] | € 13.40 [A] | CHF 18.90 * (* rec. retail price) recommended retail price

Publishing House: Penguin

Date of publication: May 10, 2021


Catherine  Aurel - Belladonna – A Florentine Beauty


The price of beauty. The art of loving. Welcome at the Bellani's!

Florence, 1469. Cosima Bellani's days as the city's Great Beauty are over. The ageing courtesan's looks are beginning to fade, and she fears for her future. When the young noblewoman Simonetta begs for her help in winning her husband's heart, Cosima has a brilliant idea: she will start a cosmetics business, creating her own products – for the trade in powders and salves, white lead and rouge is flourishing. With her help, Simonetta becomes the most beautiful woman in Florence – who has not only influential Giuliano de Medici, but also the ambitious painter Sandro Botticelli at her feet.

But then a bitter power struggle breaks out in the city, and Cosima and Simonetta are embroiled in intrigue. Soon they're dealing not only in exquisite beauty treatments encased in gilded jars and caskets, but also in secrets…


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