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Tigress of Forli (Inglese) Copertina rigida – 1 ott 2012

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'Warring kingdoms, feuding cousins, corrupt popes and hapless husbands and lovers. Caterina's tale is as action-packed as 'Game of Thrones.' --New York Times.

'A tale of murder, childhood marriage, revenge, rape, accession to power by a Florentine woman, and a violent downfall. Lev offers a rich, nuanced portrait of a highly controversial beauty and military leader.' --Publishers' Weekly.


Elizabeth Lev is an art historian living in Rome, where she teaches Baroque and Renaissance Art.

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2 di 2 persone hanno trovato utile la seguente recensione
5.0 su 5 stelle A wonderful book... 13 aprile 2016
Di eledavf Vivian - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
Formato: Copertina flessibile Acquisto verificato
This is a story that holds the interest. The political schemes, wars, and assassinations of that era are covered in detail, often with the horror and suspense which medieval cruelty and duplicity invite. As a writer of talent, this author brings the characters to life with an abundance of details which one cannot find elsewhere. Moreover, her use of adjectives is masterful, so precise and evocative that I cannot refrain from complimenting the author on their use.

This biographer has chosen a historical episode and a leading character of great interest. Caterina of Forli was certainly courageous and resourceful during the multitudinous and perilous changes of fortune which characterized the Italy of that time. She also proved as devious and unsparing as any of the male rulers, faced as she was by the many enemies of her family. Following the assassination of her beloved second husband, for instance, she destroyed the conspirators and even their families with great cruelty.

She will be remembered forever, however, for her defiance of the Borgia pope and his ruthless son Cesare. The author triumphs in telling the story of the assault on the fortress at Forli and the capture of a woman unbowed by the fortunes of war. By contrast, the indifference of her elder sons to her imprisonment and suffering, their cupidity, their ambition for higher positions in the Church while making no effort to help her are both shocking and disgusting.

You will not find a more complete recounting of these tragic events than in this history of a valiant woman fighting against all the hardships of medieval Italy. After her capture by the terrible Cesare Borgia, I had to pause often before continuing with this record of the indignities and suffering inflicted on this woman.

I recommend this biography to anyone seeking history related in an interesting way.

This biographer, moreover, provides an extra benefit by adding to the book a brief account of the career and death of Caterina's youngest son, the great warrior Giovanni dalle Bande Nere.
3 di 3 persone hanno trovato utile la seguente recensione
5.0 su 5 stelle A Truly Amazing and Complex Woman 23 maggio 2015
Di FountainPenDiva - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
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I have always loved and been fascinated by powerful women, both in history and in fiction. I'm especially fascinated by these sorts of women who lived in eras where their lives were highly circumscribed. As the saying goes "well behaved women seldom make history". It's a shame because history is filled with great women of strength, resilience and resourcefulness and their names need to be better known.

To be honest, I actually came across the amazing and wily Catarina Sforza while watching Showtime's 'The Borgias' (my guilty Jeremy Irons pleasure). As I watched this powerful reddish-gold haired virago lift her skirts and taunt the army of Cesare Borgia by pointing at her genitals and telling him that she could make more sons (a story that was highly embellished by Machiavelli who was NOT a fan of hers), I thought, this woman's real story has GOT to be pretty darn interesting and fact actually pales in comparison to fiction. She was, even to her detractors, a remarkable woman who literally went toe to toe with the incredibly dangerous Borgia clan alone.

Catarina Riario Sforza de Medici was in short, one hell of a woman. Elegant, cultured, literate, a fighter, a huntress, a tactician, a healer, a mother and a very beautiful and forceful woman. She often stood alone, fighting for her family's legacy and her right to exist in a Renaissance Italy which alliances shifted on the winds and death was a mere heartbeat away. She could also be very stubborn and make serious errors in judgment. Be that as it may, Catarina took control of her life in ways that were quite rare for that time period. Far from perfect, she was a woman determined to be in charge of her destiny.
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5.0 su 5 stelle Very Interesting and Well Researched 8 maggio 2017
Di Julie Swaab - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
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This book is excellently written and researched. It was a touch slow in the beginning, there was a lot of back story told, but it certainly added to the overall story. The last half of the book went way too quickly. It was riveting. Here is a woman who is not well known today, but if she were, she would make an amazing Italian leader.

The writing style puts the reader right in the story. Ms. Lev gives us the names of many people but I never felt I was lost and couldn't follow characters. The book was well organized. This is a wonderful read for anyone who likes History, Italian History, or Biographies.

This is the kind of amazingly detailed story that should be turned in to a shorter biography for Elementary school children. Ms. Lev had so many exciting and courageous details about Caterina, all young Italian, and any nationality, girls should have the knowledge of someone this spirited.
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5.0 su 5 stelle Excellent book. I will use it as a text ... 28 luglio 2016
Di Ale - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
Formato: Copertina rigida Acquisto verificato
Excellent book. I will use it as a text book for a class I am teaching about the Italian Renaissance. I think one of the merits of the author is that she writes an historically rich biography with a very good narrative. She is able to unravel the complex context of 15th century Italian politics with clarity and order, highlighting the continuously changing alliances that produced (and maintained?)the balance of power during the last decades of the century. The challenge posed by this genre is to please both the informed reader, who is looking for historically precise detail, and the lay reader who will get lost in those details. In my opinion, Lev was able to balance historical precision and narrative's necessities fairly well. As an historian, I referred to her footnotes often in order to understand her sources and judge her historical trustworthiness. Some details were simply too 'intimate' for me to buy their authenticity. In the end, it is thanks to artistic and historical license that the best stories come to life, making history enjoyable for all!
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5.0 su 5 stelle Interesting 4 gennaio 2014
Di Jean - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
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I have been reading about Michelangelo and Botticelli but while some of the most treasured works of art and literature were created during the renaissance there was intrigue, betrayal, savage wars, brutal torture and gruesome death were routine aspects of daily life. Elizabeth Lev writes about the Countess Caterina Sforza Riario de Medici called the Tigress of Forli. Lev writes in clear flowing prose drawing on contemporary sources preserved in state and municipal archives, much never before translated into English. The information is so dramatic and Lev writes so well it is hard to believe this is a history book not a book of historical fiction. Born in 1463 Caterina was the illegitimate child of Galeazzo Maria Sforza, heir to the Duchy of Milan. Her father raised her with his legitimate children and educated her same as his son’s including training to be a warrior. At the age of 10 she was married off to 30 year old Girolamo Riario the nephew of Pope Sixtus IV. As her husband’s health declined Caterina took over the governance of their dominion Forli and Imola. Her past time was spent in gardening mainly herbs where she experiment making medications and beauty creams. After her husband was assassinated she married Giacoma Feo and had a child. After he was murdered she married Giovanni de Medici and born him a son. Giovanni died of a fever. She had 7 children six of them boys, all of the children reached adulthood which was rare for that time. Her grandson was Cosimo de Medici, Grand Duck of Tuscan who is synonymous with the glory days of Florence. Her Fortress of Ravaldino was attacked by Venice they sent Machiavelli against her but she outwitted him. As her reputation grew throughout Italy the Riario Pope Sixtus IV died and a Borgia Pope Alexander VI took power. He sends his son Cesare Borgia at the head of a Papal army to conquer the Riario duchy. All of Europe watched as she with held off the might of the Papal army but alas no one came to her aid and the Fortress eventually fell to the Borgia. She was held in prison but eventually release to Florence. She took over her husband’s (G. de Medici) home and raised his son until her dead in 1509 of T.B. at age 46. I have only highlighted some of the key points of her life. Elizabeth Lev goes into great depth discussing Caterina’s life. Lev also points out the good as well as the bad of her life. I found Caterina to be a fascinating person, well educated for her day with a wide range of interests and a brilliant general of her army. If she would have been a man she would have been a hero and had a much easier life but as a woman she challenged the role assigned to her. I read this as an e-book on my kindle app for my Ipad.