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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By now everyone knows that he suffered from the illness that the Italians call the
French disease — a high price to pay, in my opinion, for the pleasures of love. He
poisoned Luisa's blood with it — and, they say, the blood of most of his bastards ...
To find an explanation for all this I had to fall back upon what Lucrezia had told
me. Borgia policy was at the bottom of everything. Lucrezia was a pawn who was
willing to be shoved about in the name of paternal, brotherly love, blood ties.
I don't know any longer how often — that wading through blood and fragments of
statues and windows, that stepping over the bodies of priests and people who
had come there seeking refuge in vain, to the smashed, defiled, pillaged altar.
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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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