The Black Prince of Florence : The Spectacular Life and Treacherous World of Alessandro De' Medici, Paperback Book

The Black Prince of Florence : The Spectacular Life and Treacherous World of Alessandro De' Medici Paperback

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`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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