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The Deadly Sisterhood By Leonie Frieda

The Deadly Sisterhood
by Leonie Frieda

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The women who wielded the real power behind the throne in Renaissance Italy.
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The Deadly Sisterhood: A story of Women, Power and Intrigue in the Italian Renaissance by Leonie Frieda

In an epic drama of love, death and betrayal, Leonie Frieda charts the rise and fall of the Italian Renaissance through the lives of the women who helped shape it. Mothers of popes and wives of princes, the women who feature in this book are joined by birth, marriage or friendship, and all ruled for a time in place of their menfolk. An intricate network of blood ties bound them inextricably together even as ambition, passion and treachery set sister against sister. These were women who were not afraid to wield the sword against their enemies in the murderous struggles that dominated the peninsula. Each experienced great riches, power, and the warm smile of fortune, but they also knew banishment, poverty, attempts on their life and the loss of a husband or child. From sleeping with the enemy to defying the emperor, THE DEADLY SISTERHOOD explodes the myth that Renaissance women were passive bystanders. Far from being confined to patronage and piety, these women proved that as generals, diplomats, warriors and lovers they equalled, if not overshadowed, the men whose power they shared.

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The Deadly Sisterhood Reviews


this group of well-born fastidiously educated women played a crucial role in the complicated politics of Renaissance Italy, where a collection of city states and competing warlords struggled to maintain their independence from the papacy at home and the French and Spanish abroad... a torrent of poisoned daggers, ruthless politics and sexual intrigue. -- Daisy Goodwin THE SUNDAY TIMES [Frieda] portrays eight princesses in vibrant colours, while deftly sketching the political background... these princesses were capable of immense political courage -- Christopher Silvester DAILY EXPRESS This is a Girl's Own version of the Italian Renaissance, full of bright, brash women, quite a lot of killing... and some really serious statement jewellery -- Kathryn Hughes MAIL ON SUNDAY detailed, dramatic and colourful THE LADY This is a fresh and enlightening look at the dynastic conflicts of the 15th century via the key female figures involved BBC HISTORY MAGAZINE This is a fresh and enlightening look at the dynastic conflicts of the 15th century via the key female figures involved FAMILY TREE magazine

About Leonie Frieda


Swedish by birth, but educated in Britain, Leonie Frieda speaks five languages and is a member of the Institute of Linguists. She lives in London. www.leoniefrieda.com

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GOR004269632
The Deadly Sisterhood: A story of Women, Power and Intrigue in the Italian Renaissance by Leonie Frieda
Leonie Frieda
Used - Very Good
Hardback
Orion Publishing Co
2012-11-22
432
0297852086
9780297852087
N/A
Book picture is for illustrative purposes only, actual binding, cover or edition may vary.
This is a used book - there is no escaping the fact it has been read by someone else and it will show signs of wear and previous use. Overall we expect it to be in very good condition, but if you are not entirely satisfied please get in touch with us.