The Deadly Sisterhood: A Story of Women, Power, and Intrigue in the Italian Renaissance, 1427-1527

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9780061563089: The Deadly Sisterhood: A Story of Women, Power, and Intrigue in the Italian Renaissance, 1427-1527

In an epic drama of love, death and betrayal, Leonie Frieda charts the rise and fall of the Italian Renaissance through the lives of the women who helped shape it.

Mothers of popes and wives of princes, the women who feature in this book are joined by birth, marriage or friendship, and all ruled for a time in place of their menfolk. An intricate network of blood ties bound them inextricably together even as ambition, passion and treachery set sister against sister. These were women who were not afraid to wield the sword against their enemies in the murderous struggles that dominated the peninsula. Each experienced great riches, power, and the warm smile of fortune, but they also knew banishment, poverty, attempts on their life and the loss of a husband or child.

From sleeping with the enemy to defying the emperor, THE DEADLY SISTERHOOD explodes the myth that Renaissance women were passive bystanders. Far from being confined to patronage and piety, these women proved that as generals, diplomats, warriors and lovers they equalled, if not overshadowed, the men whose power they shared.

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HardCover. Pub Date :2013-03-15 Pages: 432 Language: English Publisher: Harper The book is one of drama on a grand scale. a Renaissance epic. as Christendom emerged from the shadows of the calamitous 14th century. The sweeping tale involves inspired and corrupt monarchs. the finest thinkers. the most brilliant artists. and the greatest beauties in Christendom. Here are the stories of its most remarkable women. who are all joined by birth. marriage and friendship and who ruled for a time in place of their men-folk: Lucrezia Turnabuoni (Queen Mother of Florence. the power behind the Medici throne). Clarice Orsini (Roman princess. feudal wife). Beatrice dEste (Golden Girl of the Renaissance). Caterina Sforza (Lioness of the Romagna). Isabella dEste (the Acquisitive Marchesa). Giulia Farnese (la bella. the family asset). Isabella dAragona (the Weeping Duchess) and Lucrezia Borgi...

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From Leonie Frieda, critically acclaimed biographer of Catherine de Medici, comes The Deadly Sisterhood an epic tale of eight women whose lives marked by fortune and poverty, power and powerlessness encompass the spectacle, opportunity, and depravity of Italy s Renaissance.

Lucrezia Turnabuoni, Clarice Orsini, Beatrice d Este, Isabella d Este, Caterina Sforza, Giulia Farnese, Isabella d Aragona, and Lucrezia Borgia shared the riches of their birthright: wealth, political influence, and friendship, but none were not exempt from personal tragedies, exile, and poverty.

With riveting narrative, Leonie Frieda s The Deadly Sisterhood: A Story of Women, Power, and Intrigue in the Italian Renaissance, 1427 1527 brings to life a long-gone era filled with intrigue, corruption, and passion."

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