Mary Jane Beaufrand
- Title: Primavera
- Author: Mary Jane Beaufrand
- ISBN: 9780316016445
- Page: 223
- Format: Hardcover
The Italian Renaissance was a cultural explosion of art, architecture and learning, but it had a darker side Two powerful families, the tyrannical Medici and their biggest rivals, the Pazzi, are tangled in a bloody struggle for ultimate power Caught in the whirlwind is Flora, the last daughter of the Pazzi As her beautiful older sister is being painted by the famed artiThe Italian Renaissance was a cultural explosion of art, architecture and learning, but it had a darker side Two powerful families, the tyrannical Medici and their biggest rivals, the Pazzi, are tangled in a bloody struggle for ultimate power Caught in the whirlwind is Flora, the last daughter of the Pazzi As her beautiful older sister is being painted by the famed artist Botticelli, Flora is dreading her fate Destined for life in a convent, Flora is determined to take matters into her own hands, even as her world crumbles around her When Flora decides runs away, she has no idea that the decision will save her life As her family falls to their murderous enemy, Flora must find a new life and a new identity.Inspired by actual events, Primavera is a dazzling coming of age story set during a time of beauty and wealth, ambition, rivalry and brutality Historical art references to Boticelli and his famous painting, Primavera, give this book an appeal similar to Girl with a Pearl Earring.
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The author takes far too many liberties with history -- to the point where the story becomes a sham. Even though it is fiction, "Primavera" masquerades as something else -- a shame since the concept has so much potential. In addition to the blatant historical inaccuracies, Beaufrand's grisly descriptions of events that never happened turned my stomach -- making me wonder who she thought she was writing this book for and more than that, why? The amount of gore was self-indulgent, to say the least [...]
Primavera was a good book, but I probably wouldn't read it again. I was disappointed about the lack of romance considering it was a YA romance. The couple seemed to be friends more than lovers. The plot besides the love story was actually very interesting and was the only thing that kept me engaged in the book.
I read this to teach it with a Renaissance study in Grade 8 Humanities. It fits into that time period very well with many connections to art, politics, and life in Florence. The reading level worked well for grade 8, and both male and female students seemed to get into it. The protagonist is female but is a tomboy fighter, and the book contains quite a bit of action, intrigue, and tragedy.
This is a great adventure/historical fiction set in Medici Italy. A strong femal lead, some gruesome parts, and good histroical details as well as a strong story make this a guick and engaging read. Lots of art history but not in a textbook type way as well.
The Italian Renaissance brings to mind beautiful images, paintings and sculptures, glorious and expensive brocades, string quartets in the garden, a rich texture of life indeed. But it was also a time of great strife and cruelty the likes of which we could never imagine in this day and age. Sprinkled throughout with Italian words and phrases, PRIMAVERA dips the reader into the renaissance period.Flora, the youngest daughter of the Pazzi, strives to find beauty and normalcy in a life that is anyt [...]
Reviewed by Cana Rensberger for TeensReadTooThe Italian Renaissance brings to mind beautiful images, paintings and sculptures, glorious and expensive brocades, string quartets in the garden; a rich texture of life indeed. But it was also a time of great strife and cruelty the likes of which we could never imagine in this day and age. Sprinkled throughout with Italian words and phrases, PRIMAVERA dips the reader into the Renaissance period. Flora, the youngest daughter of the Pazzi, strives to fi [...]
Material fortunes and political power waxed and waned during Renaissance; the de Medici family, however, wielded power in Florence for generations. Primavera recounts one serious threat to their influence in the 1470s. The youngest daughter of Jacopo Pazzi, Lorenza known as Flora, plots her escape from her family’s home before she is transported to a convent. Too plain to make a political marriage, Flora is overlooked and benignly neglected by all in her family except her paternal grandmother, [...]
In Renaissance Italy at the height of Medici power, Flora is the youngest and least valued daughter of the Pazzi household. She watches as her family struggles to gain equal status with one of history’s most powerful merchant families. Ignored by her family, Flora manages to cultivate friendships with the famous artist Botticelli and Guiliano de Medici. As Flora’s family falls from power, Flora finds her own strength and place in the world.Primavera introduces strong and interesting characte [...]
"The Italian Renaissance two powerful families, the Medici and the Pazzi, are tangled in a bloody struggle for ultimate power. Caught in the whirlwind is Flora, the last daughter of the Pazzi. As her beautiful older sister is being painted by famed artist Botticelli, Flora is dreading her fate. Destined for life in a convent, Flora decides to run away, having no idea that that step will save her life. As her family falls, Flora must find a new life and a new identity.Inspired by actual events, [...]
I wasn't quite expecting the story, or the heroine, to turn out like it did. The heroine, Flora, is a plain, sort of sullen girl. She has few manners and little use for delicacies despite the fact she's a noble girl. She is, however, an unwanted last child of the noble family. At time she alternates between not caring about her parents hating her and caring too much. The narrative is plain, with no fancy turn-of-phrases or prose, which is sort of refreshing. It works well with the story, as Flor [...]
This was a good book about the Pazzi and the Medici families during the Italian renaissance. I enjoyed how the author weaves so much Italian into the book, I thought it was a fun way to be introduced to the language. This book was also very gruesome however, and had some very grisly deaths, but I guess thats what they did back then. It was a bit much at parts, though. I thought it ended very well, and while not all of the problems you wanted to be resolved were in the end, I thought it almost be [...]
This was one of those books that is based on a painting. Flora is an unwanted daughter of a noble family in Renaissance Florence. Her family is locked in a struggle with the Medici family for control of the city. It is a struggle that they lose. She alone manages to maintain her freedom in the aftermath, but has to assume a new identity to survive. This book is very exciting. It is fairly innocent, yet unsparing with the gory details. Flora is an appealling main character, yet certainly has her [...]
This book is a historical fiction novel based in Renaissance Italy. I really enjoyed the story especially once I realized that it was indeed historically based (Botticelli, Pazzi vs. Medici clash). I'm not sure if I just wasn't paying enough attention, but I was confused at first and had to keep flipping back to make sense of what was going on. That didn't bother me so much and I really enjoyed this book. In my opinion, I would have liked it to be a bit longer for more development and detail, bu [...]
Flora is the youngest daughter of the Pazzi family and she'll be sent to the convent one day. She's not beautiful like her older sister and she prefers digging in her garden to attending noble dinner parties. When the war between the Pazzi family and the Medici family gets out of control, Flora will have to save her family and herself if she can.I loved the spunky main character of this book. Flora is brave and honest and kind of sarcastic. Beaufrand paints a gorgeously detailed picture of Renai [...]
Historical fiction surrounding the actual attempted assassination of Lorenzo Medici in Renaissance Italy by the other powerful family of the time, the Pazzi family. Flora, as the youngest, ugly ducking daughter of the Pazzi, is both witness and actor in this gritty, sometimes gruesome, picture of life behind the supposedly refined, beautiful life of the Renaissance. Fast-moving, with a strong female character and some art history background, this should be a good choice for historical or period [...]
This book was about the youngest girl in a family of noble/merchant status in alignment with the pope and competing with another family - the Medici's for trade. Flora is a girl forgotten by her family and when she stops the assassination of the head of the Medici family, her family is torn apart and she is forced into a new life, one that may not be so bad after all. Overall, the book held a sweet romance, the adventures of a young girl, and some gorey violence that churned my stomach. The bala [...]
While the main charater in this book (the young privileged but illregarded daughter of a major family in Florence) is not someone who holds on to your attention or your heart, her observations about the Medicis, the Pope, Bottecelli are what fuel this story. Readers get the sense of intrigue, pomp and pettiness at the time and I think it's strong sense of place and time are what make this an appealing read.
I wish there was a whole separate rating system for books like this one. Among books I have loved are those I treasure for their beauty. The heroine is flawed like all humans, but inherently beautiful and possessing stronger and purer love than most I follow in their stories. Her spirit is kind and forgiving as I would hope to be. It is based on historical account and woven around one of histories most precious art treasures. Truly a wonderful way to spend the past few hours.
This is a historical set in an exciting time, with a strong female lead, and I felt that I should have liked it better, but I didn't. I was never 'caught up' in the story, and I never cared very much about the characters. If it hadn't been so short, I wouldn't have finished it. It's surprisingly grisly, as well. That didn't bother me, but if you have a weak stomach, be warned. People die in this book by some very cruel and quite vividly described methods.
I don't know what I was expecting with this book, probably just a nice pleasant YA read. Boy, was I surprised! This was one of the most gruesome books I have ever read, but I was absolutely drawn into the story and ended up loving it. It's about a girl whose family takes on the powerful Medici family and the tragic events that follow. There is a payoff in the end. Plus, I love all the Italian she managed to slip in. That was kind of fun. :)
A very cute, light hearted story about a girl who has always been in the shadows - indeed, artists wants her beautiful sister to be their muse. But in Renaissance Florence, nothing is safe or stable as power hungry families fight for control of the influential city. And it's up to her to stop a murderous plan.The characters are interesting but you can feel a bit disconnected from the story at times.
This was an interesting time period that the author chose, where the protagonist mingles with the elite of Florence Italy during the reign of the Medici. There are likable characters and the violence that enters the protagonists life is nothing less than what they actually did back then. I have to say I liked it, but it was obvious to see the greek and roman myth of the goddess Flora portrayed throughout the story once it was mentioned. All in all - enjoyable.
I loved this book!!!!! It just reminds you that you don't have to be beautiful on the outside to be loved! Perfect mix of history, action, romance, etc.This is a book about the Italian renaissance that describes the Pazzi controversy from the point of view of Flora, the youngest Pazzi child! Loved it!!!!!
My knowledge of Renaissance Italy is unfortunately slim so I can't really speak about its historical accuracy (or lack thereof, if such is the case), but this was an easy, enjoyable read. A little gory, at times, but it felt suitable and true given the story's backdrop and events taking place. 3.5 stars.
Lovely novel about a girl whose family crosses the Medici's in Renaissance Italy. She is unolved and unwanted, but this is a story of love, courage, and sacrifice. This is beautifully told with absolutely absorbing setting and characters. The title is based on a Boticelli painting, and the painter himself plays a role in the novel.
From this book, I learned that it really depends on which side you're on. The Pazzi murdered Guiliano Medici, and I was very sympathetic towards the Pazzi family. When I played Assassin's Creed II, however, Ihatedthe Pazzi for what they'd done. You have to know both sides of a story in order to pick which one you're on. And that goes for all things.
I thought this was going to be a lighter read, but it was grisly in several places. The tale of Flora, the youngest in a powerful family, takes place during the Italian Renaissance. Though unloved by all but her Nonna, Flora is center stage as her family makes a dangerous bid to overthrow the Medici family.
This book is like middle school training for the Phillipa Gregory books. A little more violence than them/a little less sex! I thought this was o.k. but some what boring in parts. Interesting takes on historical events of the Medici and Pazzi families. Since I am not very familiar with Italian history, that was interesting.
I actually liked this piece of historical fiction, centered around the Pazzi Conspiracy of 1478 in Florence, quite a bit. The action sequences are exciting and the history well integrated, but I found the time transitions shaky and there was a lot of telling rather than showing to justify the plot. Still, an enjoyable read of an event not done to death in YA literature.
Gruesome and romantic. Just the way I like it. I don't usually go for these books but I was at (a rather emotional) camp and felt like ripping someone's head off so instead I read this. Totally took away my anger since I understood how that poor girl felt. I wonder what happened to the ring?
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