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The Deadly Sisterhood: A Story of Women, Power, and Intrigue in the Italian Renaissance, 1427–1527
 
 
Author
Leonie Frieda.
Publisher Harper  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 9.25 x 6.25 x 1.4 inches
ISBN 9780061563089
Pages/Publication Date 403/2012
Daedalus Item Code 40600
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In this epic chronicle, illustrated with 24 pages of color plates, the biographer of Catherine de Medici traces the lives of eight women who encompass the spectacle, opportunity, and depravity of the Italian Renaissance. Leonie Frieda reassesses the reputations of such celebrated figures as Isabella d'Este and Lucrezia Borgia, while revealing the influence of overlooked characters like Isabella d'Aragona and Clarice Orsini on the brutal dynastic conflicts of the 15th century. From sleeping with the enemy to leading troops into battle, their stories prove that as rulers, politicians, warriors, and lovers, these women equaled—and at times overshadowed—the princes whose power they shared.

"Spirited ... action-packed ... [and] full of bright, brash women.... The contessas of Venice, Naples, Florence and Rome were more than happy to liquidate their rivals, command armies and do whatever it took to keep power firmly in their silk-gloved grasp."—Daily Mail (London)

 
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