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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People don't see me as a man in myself; all they see is — a Borgia. If I knew what
facts, rumors, myths and invented or half-forgotten mischief I'm identified with, I
could at least take a stand, defend myself. But there is silence all around me.
As soon as he had arrived in Rome, he had felt the movement, the unrest that
betrays the undercurrents of rumor. He closed his ears to the echo of this intrigue,
but it remained audible around him during his stay at the court — an attendant ...
At about that same time there was a rumor that Madonna Lucrezia had had a
child. Whether that was slander or not, the echo of that rumor has reverberated
for a long time. My father demanded an official denial from Rome before he
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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
The Italian Wars
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