Scarlet City The: A NOVEL OF 16TH CENTURY ITALY
Academy Chicago Publishers, 30 aug. 2005 - 368 pagina's
Although he bears one of the most notorious names in all of Italy, Giovanni Borgia doesn't know his parentage. Hella Haasse uses the Italian Wars as a backdrop for Giovanni's agonizing quest for his identity.
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But what caught my attention above all else: her striking resemblance to the
woman at whose court I was brought up — my stepmother, Isabella of Aragon.
The resemblance lay in her bearing and her expression. When I saw her
In my childhood, Isabella of Aragon was the symbol for me of injured defenseless
majesty, of dignified resignation to adversity. Beneath her signature on her letters
, she used to write: unica in disgrazia — no one knows misfortune as I do.
in the folds of her garment, as I used to do with Isabella of Aragon when I was a
child, to draw tranquillity from her cool pure composure. When I saw her a while
ago in the Vatican she had looked older to me, more austere, clad in steely ...
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Against the turbulent backdrop of the Italian Wars (1494-1559) Haasse traces the lives and struggles of some of Italy's most famous citizens--Michelangelo Buonarroti, Niccolo Machiavelli, Vittoria ... Volledige review lezen
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