The Tigress of Forli

The Tigress of Forli
Author: Elizabeth Lev
Publsiher: Mariner Books
Total Pages: 316
Release: 2012
ISBN 10: 9780547844169
ISBN 13: 0547844166
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Tigress of Forli Book Review:

A revisionist examination of the vilified Renaissance Italy countess explores her marriage at the age of 10 into a corrupt pope's influential family, her fierce rule after the assassination of her husband and the inspiring resistance she led against the Borgia family. A first book. 20,000 first printing.

The Tigress of Forli

The Tigress of Forli
Author: Elizabeth Lev
Publsiher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Total Pages: 320
Release: 2011-10-18
ISBN 10: 0547608047
ISBN 13: 9780547608044
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Tigress of Forli Book Review:

“In this insightful, fascinating portrayal, Elizabeth Lev brings Caterina Sforza and her times very much to life.”—Kathleen Turner, actress and author of Send Yourself Roses A strategist to match Machiavelli; a warrior who stood toe to toe with the Borgias; a wife whose three marriages would end in bloodshed and heartbreak; and a mother determined to maintain her family’s honor, Caterina Riario Sforza de’ Medici was a true Renaissance celebrity, beloved and vilified in equal measure. In this dazzling biography, Elizabeth Lev illuminates her extraordinary life and accomplishments. Raised in the court of Milan and wed at age ten to the pope’s corrupt nephew, Caterina was ensnared in Italy’s political intrigues early in life. After turbulent years in Rome’s papal court, she moved to the Romagnol province of Forlì. Following her husband’s assassination, she ruled Italy’s crossroads with iron will, martial strength, political savvy, and an icon’s fashion sense. In finally losing her lands to the Borgia family, she put up a resistance that inspired all of Europe and set the stage for her progeny—including Cosimo de’ Medici—to follow her example to greatness. A rich evocation of Renaissance life, The Tigress of Forlì reveals Caterina Riario Sforza as a brilliant and fearless ruler, and a tragic but unbowed figure. “A rich, nuanced portrait of a highly controversial beauty and military leader, and her violent, albeit glittering, Italian Renaissance milieu.”—Publishers Weekly “Well-written and meticulously researched, The Tigress of Forlì recreates the world of Renaissance Italy in all its grandeur and violence. At the center stands a remarkable woman, Caterina Riario Sforza. Mother, warrior, and icon, Caterina is unforgettable, and so is the exciting story that Elizabeth Lev tells here.”—Barry Strauss, author of Masters of Command: Alexander, Hannibal, Caesar, and the Genius of Leadership

Lucrezia Borgia

Lucrezia Borgia
Author: Sarah Bradford
Publsiher: Penguin UK
Total Pages: 464
Release: 2005-10-27
ISBN 10: 0141909498
ISBN 13: 9780141909493
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Lucrezia Borgia Book Review:

Sarah Bradford's Lucrezia Bogia: Life, Love and Death in Renaissance Italy is the first biography of Lucrezia Borgia for over sixty years .Lucrezia Borgia - an infamous murderess or simply the victim of bad press? Lucrezia Borgia's name has echoed through history as a byword for evil - a poisoner who committed incest with her natural father, Pope Alexander VI, and with her brother, Cesare Borgia. Long considered the most ruthless of Italian Renaissance noblewomen, her tarnished reputation has prevailed long since her own lifetime. In this definitive biography, a work of huge scholarship and erudition, Sarah Bradford gives a fascinating account of Lucrezia's life in all its colourful controversy. Daughter, sister, wife and mother, Lucrezia Borgia was surrounded by wealth, privilege and intrigue. But what was the truth behind her extraordinary existence - was she a monster of cruelty and deceit, or simply the pawn of her power-hungry father and brother? 'Sarah Bradford writes with cool authority and her research in Italian archives is exemplary. No other biography is likely to bring us closer to Lucrezia' Spectator 'Bradford's forte, ever since she was a history-mad girl, is thinking herself into other lives' Daily Telegraph Sarah Bradford is a historian and biographer. Her books include Cesare Borgia (1976), Disraeli (1982), winner of the New York Times Book of the Year, Princess Grace (1984), Sacherevell Sitwell (1993), Elizabeth: A Biography of Her Majesty the Queen (1996), America's Queen: The Life of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis (2000), Lucrezia Borgia (2005) and Diana (2007). She frequently appears on television as an authority on her biographical subjects and as a commentator on notable royal events. She is currently working on a full scale biography of Queen Victoria. She lives in London.

Lucrezia Borgia

Lucrezia Borgia
Author: Ferdinand Gregorovius
Publsiher: Vita Histria
Total Pages: 272
Release: 2020-05-19
ISBN 10: 1592110746
ISBN 13: 9781592110742
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Lucrezia Borgia Book Review:

Lucrezia Borgia is among the most fascinating and controversial personalities of the Renaissance. The daughter of Pope Alexander VI, she was intensely involved in the political life of Italy during the late fifteenth and early sixteenth centuries. While her marriage alliances helped advance the political objectives of the papacy, she also held the office of Governor of Spoleto, a role normally reserved for Cardinals, making her one of the most powerful and dynamic female figures of the Renaissance. Among the first books to employ historical method to move beyond myth and romance that had obscured the fascinating story of Lucrezia Borgia was the biography written by the noted German historian Ferdinand Gregorovius. Ferdinand Gregorovius (1821-1891) was one of the preeminent scholars of the Italian Renaissance. His biography of Lucrezia Borgia reveals the atmosphere of the Renaissance, painting a portrait of Lucrezia and her relationships with her father Rodrigo Borgia, Pope Alexander VI, her brother Cesare, her mother Vanozza, her father’s mistress, Giulia Farnese, her husband Duke Alfonso D’Este of Ferrara, and many others, including important artists and writers of the time. All are vividly portrayed against the colorful background of Renaissance Italy. Gregorovius separates myth from documented fact and his book remains a key reference work on the life and times of the Borgia princess. This new edition of Gregorovius’s classic work Lucrezia Borgia is enhanced with an introduction by Samantha Morris, a noted expert on the history of the Borgias. Samantha studied archaeology at the University of Winchester where her interest in the history of the Italian Renaissance began. She is the author of Cesare Borgia: In a Nutshell and Girolamo Savonarola: The Renaissance Preacher. She also runs the website theborgiabull.com.

The Artist the Philosopher and the Warrior

The Artist  the Philosopher  and the Warrior
Author: Paul Strathern
Publsiher: Bantam
Total Pages: 480
Release: 2009-09-29
ISBN 10: 0553906895
ISBN 13: 9780553906899
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Artist the Philosopher and the Warrior Book Review:

Leonardo da Vinci, Niccolò Machiavelli, and Cesare Borgia—three iconic figures whose intersecting lives provide the basis for this astonishing work of narrative history. They could not have been more different, and they would meet only for a short time in 1502, but the events that transpired when they did would significantly alter each man’s perceptions—and the course of Western history. In 1502, Italy was riven by conflict, with the city of Florence as the ultimate prize. Machiavelli, the consummate political manipulator, attempted to placate the savage Borgia by volunteering Leonardo to be Borgia’s chief military engineer. That autumn, the three men embarked together on a brief, perilous, and fateful journey through the mountains, remote villages, and hill towns of the Italian Romagna—the details of which were revealed in Machiavelli’s frequent dispatches and Leonardo’s meticulous notebooks. Superbly written and thoroughly researched, The Artist, the Philosopher, and the Warrior is a work of narrative genius—whose subject is the nature of genius itself.

Masters of Command

Masters of Command
Author: Barry Strauss
Publsiher: Simon and Schuster
Total Pages: 320
Release: 2013-05-21
ISBN 10: 1439164495
ISBN 13: 9781439164495
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Masters of Command Book Review:

Analyzes the leadership and strategies of three forefront military leaders from the ancient world, offers insight into the purposes behind their conflicts, and shows what today's leaders can glean from their successes and failures.

Caterina Sforza s Gli Experimenti

Caterina Sforza s Gli Experimenti
Author: Gigi Coulson
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 30
Release: 2016-10-22
ISBN 10: 9781535238168
ISBN 13: 153523816X
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Caterina Sforza s Gli Experimenti Book Review:

During the Renaissance beauty products and herbal medicines were made in the workshops of monasteries, still rooms of homes large and small, or by alchemists in their storefronts. These arts were part of traditions handed down from Arab, Roman, Greek, and Turkish cultures. Every family had its own book of secrets (Libretti di Secreti, Tesori, Tesoretti) where they recorded successful iterations of their personal recipes for cosmetics, medicines, and household products such as dyes, candles, pesticides, etc. One example of this type of book is Caterina Sforza's alchemical, medical experiment, and recipe collection titled "Gli Experimenti de la Ex.ma S.r Caterina da Furlj Matre de lo inllux.mo S.r Giouanni de Medici", or "Gli Experimenti". In this book Gigi Coulson has translated 24 of Caterina's beauty recipes into modern English for the benefit of those wanting to try their hand at creating them in their own still rooms.

Sacred Hearts

Sacred Hearts
Author: Sarah Dunant
Publsiher: Random House Incorporated
Total Pages: 415
Release: 2009
ISBN 10: 1400063825
ISBN 13: 9781400063826
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Sacred Hearts Book Review:

Condemned by sixteenth-century demands for lucrative dowries in order to marry, young Serafina is ripped from an illicit love affair and confined in a Renaissance Italy convent, a situation against which she passionately rebels and reminds the convent's doctor of her own unhappy early years. 200,000 first printing.

Cosimo De Medici

Cosimo De  Medici
Author: Katharine Dorothea Ewart,Katharine Dorothea Ewart Vernon
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 240
Release: 1899
ISBN 10:
ISBN 13: HARVARD:32044024465676
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Cosimo De Medici Book Review:

The Most Dangerous Book

The Most Dangerous Book
Author: Kevin Birmingham
Publsiher: Penguin
Total Pages: 432
Release: 2014-06-12
ISBN 10: 1101585641
ISBN 13: 9781101585641
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Most Dangerous Book Book Review:

Recipient of the 2015 PEN New England Award for Nonfiction “The arrival of a significant young nonfiction writer . . . A measured yet bravura performance.” —Dwight Garner, The New York Times James Joyce’s big blue book, Ulysses, ushered in the modernist era and changed the novel for all time. But the genius of Ulysses was also its danger: it omitted absolutely nothing. Joyce, along with some of the most important publishers and writers of his era, had to fight for years to win the freedom to publish it. The Most Dangerous Book tells the remarkable story surrounding Ulysses, from the first stirrings of Joyce’s inspiration in 1904 to the book’s landmark federal obscenity trial in 1933. Written for ardent Joyceans as well as novices who want to get to the heart of the greatest novel of the twentieth century, The Most Dangerous Book is a gripping examination of how the world came to say Yes to Ulysses.

The Borgias

The Borgias
Author: Paul Strathern
Publsiher: Simon and Schuster
Total Pages: 400
Release: 2019-08-06
ISBN 10: 1643131834
ISBN 13: 9781643131832
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Borgias Book Review:

The Borgia family have become a byword for evil. Corruption, incest, ruthless megalomania, avarice and vicious cruelty—all have been associated with their name. And yet, paradoxically, this family lived when the Renaissance was coming into its full flowering in Italy. Examples of infamy flourished alongside some of the finest art produced in western history.This is but one of several paradoxes associated with the Borgia family. For the family which produced corrupt popes, depraved princes and poisoners, would also produce a saint. Previously history has tended to condemn, or attempt in part to exonerate, this remarkable family. Yet in order to understand the Borgias, the Borgias must be related to their time, together with the world which enabled them to flourish. Within this context the Renaissance itself takes on a very different aspect. Was the corruption part of the creation, or vice versa? Would one have been possible without the other?The powerful forces which first played out in the amphitheaters of ancient Greece: hubris, incest, murder, rivalries and doomed families, treacheries of political power, twists of fate—they are all here. Along with the final, tragic downfall. All these elements are played out in full in the glorious and infamous history of the Borgia family.

The Black Russian

The Black Russian
Author: Vladimir Alexandrov
Publsiher: Open Road + Grove/Atlantic
Total Pages: 304
Release: 2013-03-05
ISBN 10: 0802193765
ISBN 13: 9780802193766
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Black Russian Book Review:

The Black Russian is the incredible true story of Frederick Bruce Thomas, born in 1872 to former slaves who became prosperous farmers in Mississippi. After his father was brutally murdered, Frederick left the South and worked as a waiter in Chicago and Brooklyn. Seeking greater freedom, he traveled to London, then crisscrossed Europe, and—in a highly unusual choice for a black American at the time—went to Russia. Because he found no color line there, Frederick settled in Moscow, becoming a rich and famous owner of variety theaters and restaurants. When the Bolshevik Revolution ruined him, he barely escaped to Constantinople, where he made another fortune by opening celebrated nightclubs as the "Sultan of Jazz." However, the long arm of American racism, the xenophobia of the new Turkish Republic, and Frederick’s own extravagance landed him in debtor’s prison. He died in Constantinople in 1928.

The Borgias

The Borgias
Author: Christopher Hibbert
Publsiher: Constable
Total Pages: 160
Release: 2011-05-12
ISBN 10: 1780330057
ISBN 13: 9781780330051
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Borgias Book Review:

The name Borgia is synonymous with the corruption, nepotism, and greed that were rife in Renaissance Italy. The powerful, voracious Rodrigo Borgia, better known to history as Pope Alexander VI, was the central figure of the dynasty. Two of his seven papal offspring also rose to power and fame - Lucrezia Borgia, his daughter, whose husband was famously murdered by her brother, and that brother, Cesare, who served as the model for Niccolo Machiavelli's The Prince. Notorious for seizing power, wealth, land, and titles through bribery, marriage, and murder, the dynasty's dramatic rise from its Spanish roots to its occupation of the highest position in Renaissance society forms a gripping tale. Erudite, witty, and always insightful, Hibbert removes the layers of myth around the Borgia family and creates a portrait alive with his superb sense of character and place.

Francis I

Francis I
Author: Leonie Frieda
Publsiher: Orion
Total Pages: 512
Release: 2018-03-08
ISBN 10: 1474605583
ISBN 13: 9781474605588
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Francis I Book Review:

Francis I (1494-1547) was inconstant, amorous, hot-headed and flawed. Arguably he was also the most significant king that France ever had. A contemporary of Henry VIII of England, Francis saw himself as the first Renaissance king. A courageous and heroic warrior, he was also a keen aesthete, an accomplished diplomat and an energetic ruler who turned his country into a force to be reckoned with. Bestselling historian Leonie Frieda's comprehensive and sympathetic account explores the life of the most human of all Renaissance monarchs - and the most enigmatic.

April Blood

April Blood
Author: Lauro Martines
Publsiher: Oxford University Press
Total Pages: 320
Release: 2003-04-24
ISBN 10: 9780195348439
ISBN 13: 0195348435
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

April Blood Book Review:

One of the world's leading historians of Renaissance Italy brings to life here the vibrant--and violent--society of fifteenth-century Florence. His disturbing narrative opens up an entire culture, revealing the dark side of Renaissance man and politician Lorenzo de' Medici. On a Sunday in April 1478, assassins attacked Lorenzo and his brother as they attended Mass in the cathedral of Florence. Lorenzo scrambled to safety as Giuliano bled to death on the cathedral floor. April Blood moves outward in time and space from that murderous event, unfolding a story of tangled passions, ambition, treachery, and revenge. The conspiracy was led by one of the city's most noble clans, the Pazzi, financiers who feared and resented the Medici's swaggering new role as political bosses--but the web of intrigue spread through all of Italy. Bankers, mercenaries, the Duke of Urbino, the King of Naples, and Pope Sixtus IV entered secretly into the plot. Florence was plunged into a peninsular war, and Lorenzo was soon fighting for his own and his family's survival. The failed assassination doomed the Pazzi. Medici revenge was swift and brutal--plotters were hanged or beheaded, innocents were hacked to pieces, and bodies were put out to dangle from the windows of the government palace. All remaining members of the larger Pazzi clan were forced to change their surname, and every public sign or symbol of the family was expunged or destroyed. April Blood offers us a fresh portrait of Renaissance Florence, where dazzling artistic achievements went side by side with violence, craft, and bare-knuckle politics. At the center of the canvas is the figure of Lorenzo the Magnificent--poet, statesman, connoisseur, patron of the arts, and ruthless "boss of bosses." This extraordinarily vivid account of a turning point in the Italian Renaissance is bound to become a lasting work of history.

Roman Pilgrimage

Roman Pilgrimage
Author: George Weigel
Publsiher: Basic Books
Total Pages: 464
Release: 2013-10-29
ISBN 10: 0465074952
ISBN 13: 9780465074952
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Roman Pilgrimage Book Review:

In recent decades, Americans in Rome have revived an ancient Christian custom: the daily pilgrimage to dozens of Rome's most striking churches during Lent and Easter Week. Along this historical and spiritual pathway, pilgrims encounter hidden artistic wonders and treasured Christian commentaries, while also confronting the great mysteries of the Christian faith through a program of biblical and early Christian readings. The itinerary of the Roman station church pilgrimage offers Christians an opportunity to reflect on their religion and ponder the quality of their discipleship. In Roman Pilgrimage, best-selling theologian George Weigel, art historian Elizabeth Lev, and photographer Stephen Weigel guide readers along this religious and aesthetic journey with gorgeous photographs and revealing essays on the pilgrimage's art, architecture, and liturgies. A reminder of the call for renewal and conversion during each Lenten season, Roman Pilgrimage reflects on the deepest truths of Christianity and the exquisite beauty of the station churches of Rome.

Daughters of Alchemy

Daughters of Alchemy
Author: Meredith K. Ray
Publsiher: Harvard University Press
Total Pages: 301
Release: 2015-04-06
ISBN 10: 0674425898
ISBN 13: 9780674425897
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Daughters of Alchemy Book Review:

Meredith Ray shows that women were at the vanguard of empirical culture during the Scientific Revolution. They experimented with medicine and alchemy at home and in court, debated cosmological discoveries in salons and academies, and in their writings used their knowledge of natural philosophy to argue for women’s intellectual equality to men.

My Sisters the Saints

My Sisters the Saints
Author: Colleen Carroll Campbell
Publsiher: Image
Total Pages: 222
Release: 2014-09-23
ISBN 10: 077043651X
ISBN 13: 9780770436513
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

My Sisters the Saints Book Review:

Explores how the lives of six women saints helped the author's own spiritual journey and includes discussions of Teresa of Avila, Faustina of Poland, and Mary of Nazareth, showing how their stories can serve as examples for Christian women.

Cesare Borgia

Cesare Borgia
Author: Sarah Bradford
Publsiher: Penguin UK
Total Pages: 331
Release: 2011-07-18
ISBN 10: 0241958768
ISBN 13: 9780241958766
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Cesare Borgia Book Review:

THE FULL STORY BEHIND THE BORGIAS, NOW A MAJOR TV DRAMA STARRING JEREMY IRONS 'Either Caesar or nothing' was the motto of Cesare Borgia, whose name has long been synonymous with evil. Almost five centuries have passed since his death, yet his reputation still casts a sinister shadow. He stands accused of treachery, cruelty, rape, incest and, especially, murder - assassination by poison, the deadly white powder concealed in the jewelled ring, or by the midnight band of bravos lurking in the alleys of Renaissance Rome. This classic book by acclaimed historian and biographer Sarah Bradford (author of Lucrezia Borgia and Diana), is the drama of a man of exceptional gifts and a driving lust for power. Cesare Borgia dared fortune for the highest goals and when fate turned against him he fell like Lucifer. Set against the brilliant backcloth of High Renaissance Italy, his life had the perfect proportions of a Greek tragedy.

The Private Lives of the Impressionists

The Private Lives of the Impressionists
Author: Sue Roe
Publsiher: Harper Collins
Total Pages: 368
Release: 2009-10-06
ISBN 10: 0061978965
ISBN 13: 9780061978968
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Private Lives of the Impressionists Book Review:

Though they were often ridiculed or ignored by their contemporaries, today astonishing sums are paid for their paintings. Their dazzling works are familiar to even the most casual art lovers—but how well does the world know the Impressionists as people? Sue Roe's colorful, lively, poignant, and superbly researched biography, The Private Lives of the Impressionists, follows an extraordinary group of artists into their Paris studios, down the rural lanes of Montmartre, and into the rowdy riverside bars of a city undergoing monumental change. Vivid and unforgettable, it casts a brilliant, revealing light on this unparalleled society of genius colleagues who lived and worked together for twenty years and transformed the art world forever with their breathtaking depictions of ordinary life.