The Pope's Daughter

The Pope's Daughter

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The untold story of how Felice della Rovere, the illegitimate daughter of Pope Julius II, became the most powerful woman in Rome. Caroline P. Murphy evokes not only the great turbulence and creativity of Renaissance Italy, but also Felice's daily life, from dealing with squabbles among servants to her advice on the best way to bribe a Pope.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 400 pages
  • 127 x 197 x 25mm | 255g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Main
  • 20 illustrations, 8 colour pl
  • 0571221084
  • 9780571221080
  • 326,452

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"'A subtle and engaging picture of just how a woman of real intelligence could finesse a difficult initial position into something like being First Lady of Rome.' Jane Stevenson, Observer 'Superb... A masterpiece.' Sunday Telegraph 'Remarkable.' Hilary Spurling, Daily Telegraph 'Scholarship and style... Not only gives us a sense of della Rovere's demanding and meticulous personality, but also a memorable portrait of the time and the city in which she lived.' Stella Tillyard, Sunday Times"
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About Caroline P. Murphy

Caroline P. Murphy is a cultural historian and biographer. She is the author of Lavinia Fontana: A Painter and Her Patrons in Sixteenth-century Bologna, praised by Sarah Bradford in the Literary Review for 'shed[ding] new light on the ground-breaking career of a brave and talented woman.' Her second book, The Pope's Daughter, was described as a "remarkable biography" by the Daily Telegraph. Her most recent book is Isabella de'Medici. She grew up in Reading, studied art history at University College London, and now lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
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518 ratings
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4 42% (218)
3 27% (142)
2 7% (35)
1 3% (13)
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