The Trophy Bride's Tale

Front Cover
Itasca Books, 2010 - Fiction - 434 pages
0 Reviews
Prudenza, an innocent convent-educated adolescent, the trophy bride of a silk merchant - subjected to increasing cruelty and harsh treatment at his hands. Even so, she tries to be a good wife within the social constraints of Renaissance Italy.

"The Trophy Bride's Tale" is based on a true case of domestic abuse, murder, and criminal justice in sixteenth-century Florence. Cyrilla Barr's imagination and scholarship combine to illuminate a footnote in history: the story of a young mother convicted of killing her husband.

Using archival documents as the framework of the narrative, and with attention to historic detail, Barr adds life and spirit to the story of Prudenza Cecchi. The tale begins as she is led to the scaffold, choosing to sacrifice her own life to save her children.

Barr's foray into fiction shows that the gender policies of domestic abuse in 1549 are familiar and relevant today. Prudenza's story is both a lament and a testament to love, determination, and personal power.

What people are saying - Write a review

LibraryThing Review

User Review  - jmchshannon - LibraryThing

In the 1500s, women had very few options and almost no rights. They were often married for financial reasons to one designed to improve a family's position and very rarely married for love. They were ... Read full review

Review: The Trophy Bride's Tale

User Review  - Michelle - Goodreads

In the 1500s, women had very few options and almost no rights. They were often married for financial reasons to one designed to improve a family's position and very rarely married for love. They were ... Read full review

About the author (2010)

Cyrilla Barr has lectured and written widely on the popular religious music of medieval and renaissance Italy. Her early work, The monophonic lauda and the lay religious confraternities of Umbria and Tuscany in the Late Middle Ages, is well known to musicologists and historians of the period. She is equally known and respected in the area of women's studies, having written a noteworthy biography, "Elizabeth Sprague Coolidge: American Patron of Music," as well as a monograph, "The Coolidge Legacy," published by the Library of Congress. With Ralph Locke she co-edited and co-authored "Cultivating Music in America: Women Patrons and Activists since 1860." With "The Trophy Bride's Tale," Barr's musicological scholarship and dedicated interest in women's issues come together in an intriguing historical novel based upon authentic archival records that document an actual case of abuse, murder, and criminal justice in sixteenth-century Florence. Cyrilla holds a Ph.D. in musicology from the Catholic University of America where she has taught and later became chair of the Musicology Department. She now makes her home in LaCrosse, Wisconsin, where she continues to write.

Bibliographic information