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Jonathan YardleyIn the remarkable story of the Borgias and their many offshoots, he is not a footnote but a chapter and, as told in The Cardinal's Hat , an intriguing one indeed.
— The Washington Post
The ledgers in the archive document every aspect of Ippolito's life—his meals; clothes; the men he employed as courtiers, cooks, stable boys and valets; his horses, dogs, and falcons; what he wore in bed; and what he gave his mistresses for Christmas. And it's not just Ippolito who comes to life out of the minutiae, bit his staff, as well: the page who had to pawn his doublet to settle a debt, the gardener's son who stabbed a monk, the nun who embroidered his shirts, and the goldsmith who took potshots at Ippolito's peacocks.
Also found in the cardinal's letters is a remarkable record of events: his journey (with his retinue of servants and retainers in tow) across the Alps to meet the King of France; his successes at the gambling table; his visit to the King's mistress while she was in her bath; and his reception in Rome when he at last acquired his cardinal's hat.