Cardinal'S Hat

Cardinal'S Hat

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Second son of Lucretia Borgia, Ippolito d'Este loved gambling, hunting, tennis and women. He became Archbishop of Milan at the age of 9 ...But he had to wait another twenty years before he acquired his coveted cardinal's hat, the route to wealth and power in sixteenth-century Europe. This is his story. But it is also the story of his gardeners, carpenters, ceiling decorators, book-keeper, valet and doctor, the Master of his Wardrobe, his courtiers, squires, pages, cooks, stable boys and many other staff, and of their families. Based on the stunning discovery of Ippolito's household account books at Modena, The Cardinal's Hat does for Renaissance Italy what Liza Picard did for Restoration more

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  • Paperback | 320 pages
  • 130 x 197mm
  • Profile Books Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 1861977700
  • 9781861977700
  • 1,917,892

About Mary Hollingsworth

Mary Hollingsworth is an accountant turned art historian and the author of Patronage in Renaissance Italy and Patronage in Sixteenth-century more

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'A book as rich and quirky as the Renaissance itself' David Starkey 'Beautifully judged and deeply researched' Charles Nicholl, Sunday Times 'Mary Hollingsworth has succeeded in producing a riveting narrative full of characters otherwise forgotten by history.' History Today A fascinating book; not just for the details, but for the skill with which Hollingsworth interprets them' Jane Stevenson, Observer 'As Mary Hollingsworth shows in this brilliant piece of historical detective work and narrative reconstruction, no one schmoozed the great and the good of 16th-century Europe with quite such elan as Ippolito d'Este.' Kathryn Hughes, Guardianshow more

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