The scarlet city: a novel of 16th-century Italy
Academy Chicago Publishers, 1990 - 367 pagina's
In this masterly novel, Hella Haasse, the author of last year's bestselling takes readers to a 16th-century Italy torn by the savage violence of war and by sinister intrigues for power, and Giovanni Borgia's agonizing search for his true origins.
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Since Vittoria had last seen him, he had grown a beard in the Spanish fashion.
He went about clad in black. His posture was stiffer, his gestures more measured,
his whole being petrified with Spanish formality. He used up his strength ...
I'm his vassal, after all — my father and grandfather before me supported the
Spanish cause; all my actions prove I'm following their example. But the Emperor
is damned suspicious: he won't take me at face value because I was born in Italy,
pay my men, so I have to let them plunder the territory around them — that
certainly hurts the Emperor's name and it hurts the Spanish cause, and I'm going
to be held responsible for all the damage they've done. My enemies think I'm the
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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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