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Yolanda of Cyprus   By: (1872-1943)

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Yolanda of Cyprus by Cale Young Rice is a captivating historical novel that takes readers on a fascinating journey through 15th century Europe. Set against the backdrop of political upheaval and social turmoil, this book beautifully weaves together a tale of love, power, and identity.

The story follows the life of Yolanda, a young and spirited woman who finds herself in the midst of a complicated web of royalty. Born into a prominent family in Cyprus, Yolanda is thrown into the world of diplomacy and power struggles when she is betrothed to a nobleman from Venice. This arranged marriage sets in motion a series of events that will shape her destiny and test her resilience.

Rice's writing is rich and evocative, painting a vivid picture of the medieval era. The author expertly captures the political landscape of the time, highlighting the tensions between the Eastern and Western powers. The meticulous attention to historical detail adds depth and authenticity to the narrative, enhancing the overall reading experience.

One of the book's most compelling aspects is the strong characterization of Yolanda. She is depicted as a courageous and intelligent young woman who defies the expectations placed upon her gender. Yolanda's feminist spirit shines through as she navigates the treacherous world of court politics, making choices that challenge societal norms and ultimately shape her own destiny.

The romance element in Yolanda of Cyprus is beautifully crafted, adding an extra layer of emotion to the storyline. While Yolanda's arranged marriage forms the basis for the plot, her encounters with other suitors bring forth conflicting feelings and choices. Through these romantic entanglements, Rice explores themes of love, duty, and loyalty, making the reader ponder the complexities of human relationships.

Another notable aspect of this novel is the immersive world-building. Rice's vivid descriptions transport readers to the vibrant cities and lush landscapes of the Mediterranean. From the opulent palaces to the bustling markets, each setting is brought to life in such detail that one can almost feel the scents and hear the sounds of the bustling streets.

Yolanda of Cyprus presents a meticulously researched historical backdrop and a captivating story that will engage both history enthusiasts and fiction lovers alike. With its strong female protagonist, intricate plot, and vivid descriptions, this novel is a true literary gem. Cale Young Rice's masterful storytelling leaves a lasting impression, making this book a must-read for those seeking a compelling blend of history, romance, and adventure.

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Transcriber's Note:

1. Passages in italics are surrounded by underscores .

2. Other detailed notes appear at the end of this e text.

YOLANDA OF CYPRUS

YOLANDA OF CYPRUS

BY CALE YOUNG RICE

AUTHOR OF CHARLES DI TOCA, A NIGHT IN AVIGNON, DAVID, ETC., ETC.

[Illustration: Publisher Logo]

NEW YORK THE McCLURE COMPANY MCMVIII

Copyright, 1908, by The McClure Company

Published, March, 1908

ACT I

CHARACTERS

RENIER LUSIGNAN A Descendant of the Lusignan Kings of Cyprus

BERENGERE His Wife

AMAURY His Son, Commander of Famagouste under the Venetians

YOLANDA The Ward of Berengere, betrothed to Amaury

CAMARIN A Baron of Paphos, Guest in the Lusignan Castle

VITTIA PISANI A Venetian Lady, also a Guest

MORO A Priest

HASSAN Warden of the Castle

HALIL His Son, a Boy

TREMITUS A Physician

OLYMPIO A Greek Boy, serving Amaury

ALESSA } MAGA } Berengere's Women CIVA } MAURIA }

SMARDA Slave To Vittia

PIETRO In Vittia's pay

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