Sat, 10 Sept


Morningside United Church

Maggie O'Farrell: The Marriage Portrait

Maggie O'Farrell: The Marriage Portrait

Time & Location

10 Sept, 19:00 – 20:30 BST

Morningside United Church, 15 Chamberlain Rd, Edinburgh EH10 4DH, UK

About The Event

Tickets £5-£25.

This is a live, in-person event.

Location: Morningside United Church Hall, 15 Chamberlain Road, EH10 4DH

From the number one bestselling author of Hamnet and winner of the 2020 Women's Prize comes a new historical novel set in Renaissance Italy.

We cannot wait to welcome Maggie O'Farrell back with her breathtaking new novel, The Marriage Portrait - the story of Cosimo de' Medici's third daughter, Lucrezia, as she learns to navigate the Florentine court and an enigmatic new husband.

About the Book:

I thought I had made myself clear. I want something that conveys her majesty, her bloodline. Do you understand? She is no ordinary mortal. Treat her thus.’ 

Florence, the 1560s. Lucrezia, third daughter of Cosimo de’ Medici, is free to wander the palazzo at will, wondering at its treasures and observing its clandestine workings. But when her older sister dies on the eve of marriage to Alfonso d’Este, heir to the Duke of Ferrara, Modena and Reggio, Lucrezia is thrust unwittingly into the limelight: Alfonso is quick to request her hand in marriage, and her father to accept on her behalf.

Having barely left girlhood, Lucrezia must now make her way in a troubled court whose customs are opaque and where her arrival is not universally welcomed. Perhaps most mystifying of all is her husband himself, Alfonso. Is he the playful sophisticate he appears before their wedding, the aesthete happiest in the company of artists and musicians, or the ruthless politician before whom even his formidable sisters seem to tremble?

As Lucrezia sits in uncomfortable finery for the painting which is to preserve her image for centuries to come, one thing becomes worryingly clear. In the court’s eyes, she has one duty: to provide the heir who will shore up the future of the Ferrarese dynasty. Until then, for all of her rank and nobility, her future hangs entirely in the balance.





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    With this ticket you will receive a copy of 'The Marriage Portrait' and event entry for one individual.