Vendetta: High Art and Low Cunning at the Birth of the Renaissance

Vendetta: High Art and Low Cunning at the Birth of the Renaissance

by Hugh Bicheno
     
 

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Federigo da Montefeltro, Duke of Urbino, was the archetypal 'Renaissance man': a brilliant soldier, scholar and ally of the pope, he spent much of the vast wealth on commissioning artists to decorate the city.

Sigismondo Malatesta, lord of the neighbouring city of Rimini, was also a brilliant soldier and generous patron of the arts. He and Federigo were

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Federigo da Montefeltro, Duke of Urbino, was the archetypal 'Renaissance man': a brilliant soldier, scholar and ally of the pope, he spent much of the vast wealth on commissioning artists to decorate the city.

Sigismondo Malatesta, lord of the neighbouring city of Rimini, was also a brilliant soldier and generous patron of the arts. He and Federigo were locked in an epic feud which saw them fight as mercenaries for and against just about every Italian ruler of note, so long as the other was on the opposite side.

Together they epitomised the spirit of the condottieri - the contract army leaders who drove the explosion of new political, commercial and artistic ideas that has since become known as the Renaissance.

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'Anyone who opens this book will quickly be drawn into an extraordinary world of military rivalry and power-politics'—SUNDAY TELEGRAPH

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780753825723
Publisher:
Orion Publishing Group, Limited
Publication date:
08/04/2009
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
5.30(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.10(d)

Meet the Author

Hugh Bicheno is himself a Renaissance man. He has had careers as an academic, an intelligence officer and a freelance kidnap and ransom negotiator in South America. He now devotes himself to writing about men at war, and co-authored the bestselling REBELS AND REDCOATS, written in conjunction with Richard Holmes. He lives in Cambridge.

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