Vendetta: High Art And Low Cunning At The Birth Of The Renaissance

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In Italy, the Renaissance was more than a time of sweeping cultural advancement; it was also an age of nearly continuous military conflict and vicious personal feuds between powerful public figures. A lifelong vendetta pitted two of Italy’s most prominent condottieri, or mercenary warlords, against each other in a struggle that moved from the battlefield to the political halls of power to the Papa...

Hardcover: 320 pages
Publisher: Weidenfeld & Nicolson (August 5, 2008)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0297846345
ISBN-13: 978-0297846345
Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 1.2 x 9.2 inches
Amazon Rank: 3643417
Format: PDF ePub Text djvu ebook

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After reading this book you may ask yourself how modern Italy--united, peaceful and prosperous--ever could have come into existence. Why isn't the peninsula a wasteland of burnt-out villages, shattered cities and tangled heaps of human skeletons? Som...

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Duke Federigo da Montefeltro of Urbino, and Sigismondo Malatesta, “the Wolf of Rimini,” were more than ruthless generals; they were cultured patrons of the arts who nonetheless took their rivalry to bloody excess. Here their story is set against the rich backdrop of 15th century Italy, a sweeping epic of nobility and war, betrayal and vengeance.