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and#8220;A rich, nuanced portrait of a highly controversial beauty and military leader, and her violent albeit glittering Italian Renaissance milieu.and#8221;and#8212;Publishers Weekly

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 familyand#8217;s honor, Caterina Riario Sforza deand#8217; 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 popeand#8217;s corrupt nephew, Caterina was ensnared in Italyand#8217;s political intrigues early in life. After turbulent years in Romeand#8217;s papal court, she moved to the Romagnol province of Forland#236;. Following her husbandand#8217;s assassination, she ruled Italyand#8217;s crossroads with iron will, martial strength, political savvy, and an iconand#8217;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 progenyand#8212;including Cosimo deand#8217; Mediciand#8212;to follow her example to greatness.

A rich evocation of Renaissance life, The Tigress of Forland#236; reveals Caterina Riario Sforza as a brilliant and fearless ruler, and a tragic but unbowed figure.

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A Rome-based American historian tells the extraordinary story of Caterina Sforza, perhaps the most prominent woman of Renaissance Italy, who was a wife, a mother, a leader, and a warrior with the courage to battle a Borgia pope, the charm to beguile a Medici husband, and the fierceness to make Machiavelli himself wince.and#160;

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The very name Lucrezia Borgia conjures up everything that was sinister and corrupt about the Renaissanceincest, political assassination, papal sexual abuse, poisonous intrigue, unscrupulous power grabs. Yet, as bestselling biographer Sarah Bradford reveals in this breathtaking new portrait, the truth is far more fascinating than the myth. Neither a vicious monster nor a seductive pawn, Lucrezia Borgia was a shrewd, determined woman who used her beauty and intelligence to secure a key role in the political struggles of her day.

Drawing from a trove of contemporary documents and fascinating firsthand accounts, Bradford brings to life the art, the pageantry, and the dangerous politics of the Renaissance world Lucrezia Borgia helped to create.

Synopsis:

Drawing from a trove of contemporary documents and fascinating firsthand accounts, Bradford brings to life the art, the pageantry, and the dangerous politics of the Renaissance world Lucrezia Borgia helped to create.

About the Author

Sarah Bradford is the author of the New York Times bestsellers Americ‛s Queen and Elizabeth. Her other books include Disraeli, selected as a New York Times Notable Book of the Year; George VI; and Princess Grace. She is married to the Viscount Bangor.

Table of Contents

Author's Note

List of Illustrations

Maps

Genealogical Tables showing the Borgia, Este and Aragona Families

Acknowledgments

Foreword

The Scene

Cast of Principal Characters

Part One: The Pope's Daughter 1480-1501

1. The Pope's Daughter

2. Countess of Pesaro

3. The Borgia Renscent

4. The Tragic Duchess of Bisceglie

5. Turning Point

6. Farewell to Rome

Part Two: Duchess to Ferrara 1502-19

7. The Road to Ferrara

8. A New Life

9. The Heavens Conspire

10. The Dark Marquis

11. Duchess of Ferrara

12. The Congiura

13. Horrors and Tears

14. The Years of War, 1509-12

15. Lucrezia Triumphant

16. The Last year of Tranquillity

17. The End

Postscript

Archives

Source Notes

Bibliography

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780143035954
Author:
Bradford, Sarah
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Author:
Lev, Elizabeth
Subject:
Women
Subject:
Historical - General
Subject:
Europe - Italy
Subject:
History
Subject:
Nobility
Subject:
Family
Subject:
Italy History 1492-1559.
Subject:
Borgia, Lucrezia
Subject:
Biography-Historical
Subject:
Italy
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20051131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
1 8-pp b/w insert
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 1.09 in 1.19 lb
Age Level:
from 18

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"Synopsis" by ,
A Rome-based American historian tells the extraordinary story of Caterina Sforza, perhaps the most prominent woman of Renaissance Italy, who was a wife, a mother, a leader, and a warrior with the courage to battle a Borgia pope, the charm to beguile a Medici husband, and the fierceness to make Machiavelli himself wince.and#160;
"Synopsis" by , The very name Lucrezia Borgia conjures up everything that was sinister and corrupt about the Renaissanceincest, political assassination, papal sexual abuse, poisonous intrigue, unscrupulous power grabs. Yet, as bestselling biographer Sarah Bradford reveals in this breathtaking new portrait, the truth is far more fascinating than the myth. Neither a vicious monster nor a seductive pawn, Lucrezia Borgia was a shrewd, determined woman who used her beauty and intelligence to secure a key role in the political struggles of her day.

Drawing from a trove of contemporary documents and fascinating firsthand accounts, Bradford brings to life the art, the pageantry, and the dangerous politics of the Renaissance world Lucrezia Borgia helped to create.

"Synopsis" by , Drawing from a trove of contemporary documents and fascinating firsthand accounts, Bradford brings to life the art, the pageantry, and the dangerous politics of the Renaissance world Lucrezia Borgia helped to create.

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