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Murder of a Medici Princess

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Murder of a Medici Princess

Murder of a Medici Princess

type:
Book
Current Status:
In Season
author:
60375
publisher:
Oxford University Press
genre:
History, Nonfiction

We gave it an A-

Caroline P. Murphy illuminates the splendor of the Italian Renaissance through the short life of Isabella de Medici, daughter of Duke Cosimo I, ruler of Tuscany and Florence in Murder of a Medici Princess. The beautiful, lusty Isabella, lover of balls and parties, scandalized the Florentine court with her many affairs (especially one with her husband’s cousin). When the duke died in 1574, his priggish son Francesco ā€” long outraged by his sister’s promiscuity ā€” first cut off her inheritance, then granted her husband permission to murder her. Based on primary documents, including Isabella’s letters, Murphy’s book swoops and dazzles like the best fiction. A

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