- Copertina rigida: 336 pagine
- Editore: Head of Zeus (1 ottobre 2012)
- Lingua: Inglese
- ISBN-10: 1908800178
- ISBN-13: 978-1908800176
- Peso di spedizione: 699 g
- Posizione nella classifica Bestseller di Amazon: n. 639.569 in Libri in altre lingue (Visualizza i Top 100 nella categoria Libri in altre lingue)
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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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.
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.
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.