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The tigress of Forlì : Renaissance Italy's most courageous and notorious countess, Caterina Riario Sforza de' Medici

Author: Elizabeth Lev
Publisher: Boston : Mariner Books/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, [2012], ©2011.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Exhibition catalogs
History
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biografi
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Named Person: Caterina Sforza; Caterina Sforza
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Elizabeth Lev
ISBN: 9780547844169 0547844166 9780151012992 0151012997
OCLC Number: 772099669
Description: xv, 316 pages, [8] pages of plates : illustrations, map ; 21 cm
Contents: Prologue : Christmas cannons --
The education of an Amazon --
Childhood's end --
The countess-in-waiting --
Triumphal parade to Rome --
Courtiers and conspiracies --
The growth of the Riario dynasty --
The fairest in the realm --
The birth of Athena --
The lean years --
Taking center stage --
The retort at Ravaldino --
The spoils of war --
Fanning the flames --
Blinded by love --
Avenging fury --
Intrigue and invasion --
Italy's idol --
The long night of Castel Sant'Angelo --
Sleep after toil --
Epilogue : Mantua, 1526.
Responsibility: Elizabeth Lev.

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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 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.--From publisher description.

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