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The Ornaments of Love

By G. A. Dazio All Rights Reserved ©

Romance / Drama

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1848. Barcelona, Spain. The fourth Marquesa of the noble House of Amontoní considered herself to be one of the few women in history that had successfully freed herself entirely from the power of men. Though still a young widow, desirably childless and the very last of her title, the Marquesa refused to even consider taking another spouse, despite the scandal of such impropriety. But within Barcelona, a city born from the light of the Renaissance, this woman uniquely maintained her freedom of choice. The Marquesa’s youngest niece, Veronica, knew nothing of the secrets of her aunt’s life. Upon the girl’s 15th birthday, the Marquesa set about to educate Veronica on the truths of womanhood, as she would have to any daughter. Veronica’s life of Catholic convent education and staunch conservatism would end to accommodate her aunt's more liberal education on the matters of feminine power. From it, the Marquesa would form much more than the mere edifice of a great woman, but the very future of her house.

Epigraph

What could be worse than living without honor? That is the cruelest death, it is the worst death. Yes, yes: Let’s end my disgraced life; I cannot live more, being dishonored. I lived for honor, I lived in virtue: I stop living when everything is lost. Such a happy life, I cannot suffer it; my heart is troubled and I would prefer to die.

JOAN RAMIN I RAMIS

Lucrétia o Roma Libre, 1796


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