She leant against the letter-box, dazzled and happy. She had first heard of the Princess of Eboli
, around whom the novel revolves, in the letters of St Teresa of Avila
Reynolds, Lorna. Kate O’Brien: A Literary Portrait. Colin Smythe; Barnes and Noble, 1987.
The novel centres on an actual historical character, Ana, Princess of Eboli, also known as Ana de Mendoza
(familiar to admirers of Verdi
's opera Don Carlo as Princess Eboli), a Spanish great lady of...