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The Beauty And The Terror - An Alternative History of the Italian Renaissance (Paperback): Catherine Fletcher The Beauty And The Terror - An Alternative History of the Italian Renaissance (Paperback)
Catherine Fletcher 1
R350 R280 Discovery Miles 2 800 Save R70 (20%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

'Brilliant and gripping, here is the full true Renaissance in a history of compelling originality and freshness' SIMON SEBAG MONTEFIORE

The Italian Renaissance shaped western culture – but it was far stranger and darker than many of us realise.

We revere Leonardo da Vinci for his art but few now appreciate his ingenious designs for weaponry. We know the Mona Lisa for her smile but not that she was married to a slave-trader. We visit Florence to see Michelangelo's David but hear nothing of the massacre that forced the republic’s surrender. In focusing on the Medici in Florence and the Borgias in Rome, we miss the vital importance of the Genoese and Neapolitans, the courts of Urbino and Mantua. Rarely do we hear of the women writers, Jewish merchants, the mercenaries, engineers, prostitutes, farmers and citizens who lived the Renaissance every day.

In fact, many of the most celebrated artists and thinkers that have come to define the Renaissance – Leonardo and Michelangelo, Raphael and Titian, Machiavelli and Castiglione – emerged not during the celebrated ‘rebirth’ of the fifteenth century but amidst the death and destruction of the sixteenth century. For decades, a series of savage wars dominated Italy’s political, economic and daily life, generating fortunes and new technologies, but also ravaging populations with famine, disease and slaughter. In this same short time, the birth of Protestantism, Spain’s colonisation of the Americas and the rise of the Ottoman Empire all posed grave threats to Italian power, while sparking debates about the ethics of government and enslavement, religious belief and sexual morality.

In The Beauty and the Terror, Catherine Fletcher provides an enrapturing narrative history that brings all of this and more into view. Brimming with life, it takes us closer than ever before to the lived reality of this astonishing era and its meaning for today.

The Beauty and the Terror - The Italian Renaissance and the Rise of the West (Hardcover): Catherine Fletcher The Beauty and the Terror - The Italian Renaissance and the Rise of the West (Hardcover)
Catherine Fletcher
R697 R572 Discovery Miles 5 720 Save R125 (18%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Diplomacy in Renaissance Rome - The Rise of the Resident Ambassador (Paperback): Catherine Fletcher Diplomacy in Renaissance Rome - The Rise of the Resident Ambassador (Paperback)
Catherine Fletcher
R636 Discovery Miles 6 360 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Diplomacy in Renaissance Rome is an investigation of Renaissance diplomacy in practice. Presenting the first book-length study of this subject for sixty years, Catherine Fletcher substantially enhances our understanding of the envoy's role during this pivotal period for the development of diplomacy. Uniting rich but hitherto unexploited archival sources with recent insights from social and cultural history, Fletcher argues for the centrality of the papal court - and the city of Rome - in the formation of the modern European diplomatic system. The book addresses topics such as the political context from the return of the popes to Rome, the 1454 Peace of Lodi and after 1494 the Italian Wars; the assimilation of ambassadors into the ceremonial world; the prescriptive literature; trends in the personnel of diplomacy; an exploration of travel and communication practices; the city of Rome as a space for diplomacy; and the world of gift-giving.

Queenship and Counsel in Early Modern Europe (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2018): Helen Matheson-Pollock, Joanne Paul, Catherine Fletcher Queenship and Counsel in Early Modern Europe (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2018)
Helen Matheson-Pollock, Joanne Paul, Catherine Fletcher
R2,507 R2,014 Discovery Miles 20 140 Save R493 (20%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The discourse of political counsel in early modern Europe depended on the participation of men, as both counsellors and counselled. Women were often thought too irrational or imprudent to give or receive political advice-but they did in unprecedented numbers, as this volume shows. These essays trace the relationship between queenship and counsel through over three hundred years of history. Case studies span Europe, from Sweden and Poland-Lithuania via the Habsburg territories to England and France, and feature queens regnant, consort and regent, including Elizabeth I of England, Catherine Jagiellon of Sweden, Catherine de' Medici and Anna of Denmark. They draw on a variety of innovative sources to recover evidence of queenly counsel, from treatises and letters to poetry, masques and architecture. For scholars of history, politics and literature in early modern Europe, this book enriches our understanding of royal women as political actors.

The Divorce of Henry VIII - The Untold Story (Paperback): Catherine Fletcher The Divorce of Henry VIII - The Untold Story (Paperback)
Catherine Fletcher 1
R288 Discovery Miles 2 880 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

'An eye-opening book, an intricate and fascinating story' Hilary Mantel 1527. Henry, desperate to marry Anne Boleyn and ensure the Tudor line asks Pope Clement VII to grant him a divorce. Enter Gregorio Casali, an Italian diplomat hired to represent Henry's interests in the Vatican. Through six years of persuasion, threats and bribery Casali lives by his wits, playing off one powerful patron against another, negotiating with ambassadors from Spain, France and beyond, each crowding the Vatican to press their interests in the Tudor break up. Before it is done, Henry will decide to divorce not just Catherine, but the Church itself. Set against the backdrop of war-torn Renaissance Italy, The Divorce of Henry VIII combines a gripping family saga with a highly charged political battle between the Tudors and the Vatican to reveal the extraordinary true story behind history's most infamous divorce. (Originally published with the title Our Man in Rome)

Queenship and Counsel in Early Modern Europe (Paperback, Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 2018): Helen... Queenship and Counsel in Early Modern Europe (Paperback, Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 2018)
Helen Matheson-Pollock, Joanne Paul, Catherine Fletcher
R2,562 Discovery Miles 25 620 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

The discourse of political counsel in early modern Europe depended on the participation of men, as both counsellors and counselled. Women were often thought too irrational or imprudent to give or receive political advice-but they did in unprecedented numbers, as this volume shows. These essays trace the relationship between queenship and counsel through over three hundred years of history. Case studies span Europe, from Sweden and Poland-Lithuania via the Habsburg territories to England and France, and feature queens regnant, consort and regent, including Elizabeth I of England, Catherine Jagiellon of Sweden, Catherine de' Medici and Anna of Denmark. They draw on a variety of innovative sources to recover evidence of queenly counsel, from treatises and letters to poetry, masques and architecture. For scholars of history, politics and literature in early modern Europe, this book enriches our understanding of royal women as political actors.

The Black Prince of Florence - The Spectacular Life and Treacherous World of Alessandro De' Medici (Hardcover): Catherine... The Black Prince of Florence - The Spectacular Life and Treacherous World of Alessandro De' Medici (Hardcover)
Catherine Fletcher
R673 R617 Discovery Miles 6 170 Save R56 (8%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Diplomacy in Renaissance Rome - The Rise of the Resident Ambassador (Hardcover): Catherine Fletcher Diplomacy in Renaissance Rome - The Rise of the Resident Ambassador (Hardcover)
Catherine Fletcher
R2,025 Discovery Miles 20 250 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Diplomacy in Renaissance Rome is an investigation of Renaissance diplomacy in practice. Presenting the first book-length study of this subject for sixty years, Catherine Fletcher substantially enhances our understanding of the envoy's role during this pivotal period for the development of diplomacy. Uniting rich but hitherto unexploited archival sources with recent insights from social and cultural history, Fletcher argues for the centrality of the papal court - and the city of Rome - in the formation of the modern European diplomatic system. The book addresses topics such as the political context from the return of the popes to Rome, the 1454 Peace of Lodi and after 1494 the Italian Wars; the assimilation of ambassadors into the ceremonial world; the prescriptive literature; trends in the personnel of diplomacy; an exploration of travel and communication practices; the city of Rome as a space for diplomacy; and the world of gift-giving.

The Black Prince of Florence - The Spectacular Life and Treacherous World of Alessandro De' Medici (Paperback): Catherine... The Black Prince of Florence - The Spectacular Life and Treacherous World of Alessandro De' Medici (Paperback)
Catherine Fletcher
R428 R360 Discovery Miles 3 600 Save R68 (16%) Out of stock
The Black Prince of Florence - The Spectacular Life and Treacherous World of Alessandro de' Medici (Paperback): Catherine... The Black Prince of Florence - The Spectacular Life and Treacherous World of Alessandro de' Medici (Paperback)
Catherine Fletcher 1
R265 R212 Discovery Miles 2 120 Save R53 (20%) Out of stock

'A spectacular, elegant, brilliant portrait of skulduggery, murder and sex in Renaissance Florence' Simon Sebag Montefiore, Evening Standard, Books of the Year 1531 - after years of brutal war and political intrigue, the bastard son of a Medici Duke and a 'half-negro' maidservant rides into Florence. Within a year, he rules the city as its Prince. Backed by the Pope and his future father-in-law the Holy Roman Emperor, the nineteen-year-old Alessandro faces down bloody family rivalry and the scheming hostility of Italy's oligarchs to reassert the Medicis' faltering grip on the turbulent city-state. Six years later, as he awaits an adulterous liaison, he will be murdered by his cousin in another man's bed. 'Nothing in sixteenth-century history is more astonishing' Hilary Mantel

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