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The Tigress of Forli: Renaissance Italy's Most Courageous and Notorious Countess, Caterina Riario Sforza de' Medici

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“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

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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. 

Synopsis:

“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

The legendary Countess loved and jousted with many men throughout her life, including

Pope Sixtus IV, Caterina’s benefactor and uncle by marriage, who commissioned the Sistine Chapel frescoes in which she is immortalized

Count Girolamo Riario, Caterina’s first husband and an originator of the Pazzi Conspiracy, whose corrupt ways led to their flight from Rome to Forlì

Niccolò Machiavelli, the Florentine political theorist who was humiliated by Caterina as a young diplomat, and later took revenge with his pen

Giacomo Feo, Caterina’s secret second husband, a jumped-up family retainer whose assassination led to a bloodbath on the streets of Forlì

Giovanni de’ Medici Il Popolano, Caterina’s beloved third husband, who provided Caterina entrance into Florence’s culture and society, and an heir worthy of her legacy

Cesare Borgia, nephew to the ruthless Borgia pope Alexander VI, who would bring Caterina’s rule to an end with unspeakable cruelty

Synopsis:

Wife, mother, leader, warrior. Caterina Riario Sforza was one of the most prominent women in Renaissance Italy—and one of the most vilified. In this glittering biography, Elizabeth Lev reexamines 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 Forli. 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.

About the Author

ELIZABETH LEV is a scholar of Renaissance art and culture and professor of Art History in Rome, where she lives with her family. This is her first book.

Table of Contents

Authors Note vii

Prologue: Christmas Cannons xi

Map: Kingdoms, Duchies, and Republics of Caterinas Age xvi

THE EDUCATION OF AN AMAZON 1

CHILDHOODS END 11

THE COUNTESS-IN-WAITING 21

THE TRIUMPHAL PARADE TO ROME 30

COURTIERS AND CONSPIRACIES 40

THE GROWTH OF THE RIARIO DYNASTY 50

THE FAIREST IN THE REALM 61

THE BIRTH OF ATHENA 78

THE LEAN YEARS 95

TAKING CENTER STAGE 110

THE RETORT AT RAVALDINO 125

THE SPOILS OF WAR 140

FANNING THE FLAMES 154

BLINDED BY LOVE 170

AVENGING FURY 181

INTRIGUE AND INVASION 202

ITALYS IDOL 216

THE LONG NIGHT OF CASTEL SANTANGELO 234

SLEEP AFTER TOIL 249

Epilogue: Mantua, 1526 266

Notes 274

Sources 284

Index 290

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A wonderfully entertaining biography. Engaging and suspenseful (even though you obviously know the end), it describes the fascinating life of an even more fascinating woman. A must-read for anyone interested in Renaissance women.
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ISBN:
9780547844169
Author:
Lev, Elizabeth
Publisher:
Mariner Books
Subject:
Italy
Subject:
Biography-Historical
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20121031
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TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
352
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8 x 5.31 in

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Product details 352 pages Mariner Books - English 9780547844169 Reviews:
"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. 
"Synopsis" by ,
“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

The legendary Countess loved and jousted with many men throughout her life, including

Pope Sixtus IV, Caterina’s benefactor and uncle by marriage, who commissioned the Sistine Chapel frescoes in which she is immortalized

Count Girolamo Riario, Caterina’s first husband and an originator of the Pazzi Conspiracy, whose corrupt ways led to their flight from Rome to Forlì

Niccolò Machiavelli, the Florentine political theorist who was humiliated by Caterina as a young diplomat, and later took revenge with his pen

Giacomo Feo, Caterina’s secret second husband, a jumped-up family retainer whose assassination led to a bloodbath on the streets of Forlì

Giovanni de’ Medici Il Popolano, Caterina’s beloved third husband, who provided Caterina entrance into Florence’s culture and society, and an heir worthy of her legacy

Cesare Borgia, nephew to the ruthless Borgia pope Alexander VI, who would bring Caterina’s rule to an end with unspeakable cruelty

"Synopsis" by , Wife, mother, leader, warrior. Caterina Riario Sforza was one of the most prominent women in Renaissance Italy—and one of the most vilified. In this glittering biography, Elizabeth Lev reexamines 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 Forli. 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.

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