Coverart for item
The Resource The Black Prince of Florence : the spectacular life and treacherous world of Alessandro de' Medici, Catherine Fletcher

The Black Prince of Florence : the spectacular life and treacherous world of Alessandro de' Medici, Catherine Fletcher

Label
The Black Prince of Florence : the spectacular life and treacherous world of Alessandro de' Medici
Title
The Black Prince of Florence
Title remainder
the spectacular life and treacherous world of Alessandro de' Medici
Statement of responsibility
Catherine Fletcher
Title variation
Spectacular life and treacherous world of Alessandro de' Medici
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"Ruler of Florence for seven bloody years, 1531 to 1537, Alessandro de' Medici was arguably the first person of color to serve as a head of state in the Western world. Born out of wedlock to a dark-skinned maid and Lorenzo de' Medici, he was the last legitimate heir to the line of Lorenzo the Magnificent. When Alessandro's noble father died of syphilis, the family looked to him. Groomed for power, he carved a path through the backstabbing world of Italian politics in a time when cardinals, popes, and princes vied for wealth and advantage. By the age of nineteen, he was prince of Florence, inheritor of the legacy of the grandest dynasty of the Italian Renaissance. Alessandro faced down family rivalry and enormous resistance from Florence's oligarchs, who called him a womanizer-which he undoubtedly was--and a tyrant. Yet this real-life counterpart to Machiavelli's Prince kept his grip on power until he was assassinated at the age of 26 during a late-night tryst arranged by his scheming cousins. After his death, his brief but colorful reign was criticized by those who had murdered him in a failed attempt to restore the Florentine republic. For the first time, the true story is told in The Black Prince of Florence. Catherine Fletcher tells the riveting tale of Alessandro's unexpected rise and spectacular fall, unraveling centuries-old mysteries, exposing forgeries, and bringing to life the epic personalities of the Medicis, Borgias, and others as they waged sordid campaigns to rise to the top. Drawing on new research and first-hand sources, this biography of a most intriguing Renaissance figure combines archival scholarship with discussions of race and class that are still relevant today."--Provided by publisher
Biography type
individual biography
Cataloging source
DLC
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
  • plates
  • genealogical tables
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Target audience
general
Label
The Black Prince of Florence : the spectacular life and treacherous world of Alessandro de' Medici, Catherine Fletcher
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • Book three: Prince alone
  • Afterword: Alessandro's ethnicity
  • Family tree
  • Glossary of names
  • Timeline
  • Map
  • Note on money
  • Prologue
  • Book one: Bastard son
  • Book two: Obedient nephew
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xxiii, 308 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780190612726
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Lccn
2016004319
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
colour illustrations, map, genealogical tables
System control number
(CaOWLBI)pr01209989
Label
The Black Prince of Florence : the spectacular life and treacherous world of Alessandro de' Medici, Catherine Fletcher
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • Book three: Prince alone
  • Afterword: Alessandro's ethnicity
  • Family tree
  • Glossary of names
  • Timeline
  • Map
  • Note on money
  • Prologue
  • Book one: Bastard son
  • Book two: Obedient nephew
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xxiii, 308 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780190612726
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Lccn
2016004319
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
colour illustrations, map, genealogical tables
System control number
(CaOWLBI)pr01209989
Processing Feedback ...