Isabella de'Medici: The Glorious Life and Tragic End of a Renaissance Princess

Isabella de'Medici: The Glorious Life and Tragic End of a Renaissance Princess

Caroline P. Murphy / Jun 18, 2019

Isabella de Medici The Glorious Life and Tragic End of a Renaissance Princess Isabella de Medici was the hostess of a glittering circle in Renaissance Florence Beautiful and liberated she not only matched the intellectual accomplishments of her male contemporaries but sought

  • Title: Isabella de'Medici: The Glorious Life and Tragic End of a Renaissance Princess
  • Author: Caroline P. Murphy
  • ISBN: 9780571230303
  • Page: 241
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Isabella de Medici was the hostess of a glittering circle in Renaissance Florence Beautiful and liberated, she not only matched the intellectual accomplishments of her male contemporaries, but sought sexual parity also, engaging in an adulterous affair with her husband s cousin It was this affair and her very success as First Lady of Florence that led to her death aIsabella de Medici was the hostess of a glittering circle in Renaissance Florence Beautiful and liberated, she not only matched the intellectual accomplishments of her male contemporaries, but sought sexual parity also, engaging in an adulterous affair with her husband s cousin It was this affair and her very success as First Lady of Florence that led to her death at the hands of her husband at the age of just thirty four She left behind a remarkable story, and as her legacy a son who became the best of the Orsini Dukes, immortalised by Shakespeare as Duke Orsino in Twelfth Night Caroline P Murphy illuminates this often misunderstood figure, and in the process brings to life the home of creativity, the city of Florence itself.

    Isabella de Medici Isabella de Medici Isabella Romola de Medici August July was the daughter of Cosimo I de Medici, first Grand Duke of Tuscany, and Eleonora di Toledo She was raised and educated in a humanist manner with her siblings, including Francesco de Medici who succeeded their father as the Grand Duke of Tuscany. The story of Isabella de Medici tuscanyavel Isabella de Medici La Toscana Florence, Tuscan characters For many years, the presence of the beautiful Isabella has been almost non existent Moreover, many say that her ghost, no longer appears in the vast hallways of the Medici mansion, which now belongs to Cerreto Guidi in the province of Florence. Isabella de Medici The Glorious Life and Tragic End of a Jan , Isabella de Medici was the favourite daughter of Cosimo I, ruler of Florence and Tuscany Dazzling, cultured, spirited and vivacious, she was a very modern woman In a world where close relationships between r I do not exaggerate when I say Murder of a Medici Princess is one of the best biographies I ve ever read. isabella de medici of results for isabella de medici Showing selected results See all results for isabella de medici Isabella De Medici Paperback . FREE Shipping on eligible orders More Buying Choices . used new offers Hardcover . FREE Shipping on eligible orders. Royal Women Isabella de Medici Sep , Isabella de Medici They married in when Isabella was sixteen Her father Cosimo negotiated a marriage contract which ensured that Isabella could continue to live in Florence instead of with her husband that meant Isabella had far freedom and control over her own affairs than other women of her era. SOGGIORNO ISABELLA DE MEDICI TripAdvisor Book Soggiorno Isabella de Medici, Florence on TripAdvisor See traveler reviews, candid photos, and great deals for Soggiorno Isabella de Medici, ranked of BBs inns in Florence and rated . of at TripAdvisor. Soggiorno Isabella De Medici, Florence, Italy Booking Isabella De Medici is a minute walk from Fortezza da Basso Congress Center Florence Cathedral, Ponte Vecchio and the Uffizi Gallery are . mi away. Category Isabella de Medici Wikimedia Commons Media in category Isabella de Medici The following files are in this category, out of total. Conservators Reveal True Face of Medici Portrait artnet News Detail of Isabella de Cosimo I de Medici circa Courtesy of Carnegie Museum of Art Originally identified as a Bronzino painting of Eleanor of Toledo, who married into the Medici Behind the Scenes The Restoration of Isabella de Medici Nov , Go behind the scenes with CMOA chief conservator Ellen Baxter as she discusses the restoration process of a portrait of Isabella de Medici Artwork Alessandro Allori Portrait of Isabella

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    1. I do not exaggerate when I say Murder of a Medici Princess is one of the best biographies I've ever read. Caroline P. Murphy brings to life not only a remarkable woman, but also the intrigue, the splendour and the violence of the Medici court during the reigns of Cosimo I and Francesco I. Isabella de' Medici was the favourite daughter of Cosimo I, ruler of Florence and Tuscany. Dazzling, cultured, spirited and vivacious, she was a very modern woman. In a world where close relationships between r [...]


    2. Description: In Murder of the Medici Princess, Caroline Murphy illuminates the brilliant life and tragic death of Isabella de Medici, one of the brightest stars in the dazzling world of Renaissance Italy, the daughter of Duke Cosimo I, ruler of Florence and Tuscany. Murphy is a superb storyteller, and her fast-paced narrative captures the intrigue, the scandal, the romantic affairs, and the violence that were commonplace in the Florentine court. She brings to life an extraordinary woman, fluent [...]


    3. Part of my fascination with the Renaissance stems from the extraordinary alignment of beauty and corruption that characterizes the period. Just as some of the most magnificent prose in the English language was written in the highly repressive “police state” environment of Elizabethan England, art and culture flowered amid the endemic greed, violence, brutality, and repression of Medici Florence. Murphy’s insightful foray into the life and times of Isabella de Medici goes a long way toward [...]


    4. This book is more than a story of Isabella's murder, in fact, very few pages are devoted to the actual murder. The murder is the culmination of the family relationships that brew from page one.Through this story we learn of the people and their times. We come to appreciate Cosimo Medici, who rebuilt his family dynasty through politics and strategic marriages. We come to appreciate even more his extraordinary daughter.Not being steeped in the history of Italy at this time, I found the first few c [...]


    5. I had never heard of this book, but it caught my eye on a book display--and what a fun surprise! I loved it. I really love well done biographies, and this was so well researched and written in short, very readable chapters. It is about Cosimo's favorite daughter (Isabella), but really it is a history of one generation of the whole Medici family. Fascinating family. Huge fan of the author now--she's also written a well known book called "The Pope's Daughter"--can't wait to read it now too.


    6. It's a fair account. I don't look perfect. But my brother, Francesco I, looks like a monster, so it seems fair. Now that it's 2014 I'm trying to understand how much of any of this is in some fundamental way really about "me" or "Francisco" or the many sad Medici women, and how much of these details are really more about the time and place more than the people in some fundamental way?If you live in the world you are dealt, is that life about you? Or about your world? In the case of Francesco, I g [...]


    7. Murder of a Medici Princess, by Caroline P. Murphy, details the remarkable life of Isabella de Medici, the 16th-Century "princess" daughter of Duke Cosimo I of Florence. Unlike virtually all other women of her place and time, Isabella was able to lead a relatively independent existence, constantly fobbing off the requests of her husband, the Duke Paolo Giordano Orsini, to move from her villas in Florence to his home in Rome. Duke Paolo was a typical man of his time, prone to visiting prostitutes [...]


    8. Non fiction. An interesting read, though not my favorite of the many historical books I've read. I found this book more confusing than the Alison Weir books you see in my 'read' shelf. Perhaps that is because I'm less familiar with Italian history than I am with English or French history. I also think it has something to do with the fact that so many of the characters in this story have the same name. However, the author's writing, while in general pretty good, is also a bit less lucid.The story [...]


    9. Detail in his biography puts you smack dab in the middle of 16th Century Florence. Isabella's life as a Medici Princess was exceptional for the level of power and the amount of autonomy she experienced as a female in an era in which that was rare. Nobel females leaving their birth families and towns extremely young, and often raised within their future spouse's extended household- was absolutely the norm. Not Isabella. She was cosseted by Cosimo. I especially enjoyed reading about the children's [...]


    10. I read a lot of Caroline Murphy's work on Lavinia Fontana for a term project I did for my art history class, so when I was absently flipping around on amazon and it recommended this book for me (based on my having purchased the True Memoirs of Little K, a fictional but historically accurate retelling of the mistress of the last Romanov czar's Imperial ballerina mistress Mathilde Kschessinska), I took one look at the author's name and dropped it right in my cart.I generally don't go for the non-f [...]


    11. The third of eight surviving children, Isabella de Medici (1542–1576) was unusually close to her father, Cosimo, the powerful grand duke of Tuscany who built most of what we know of Renaissance Florence, and whose protection allowed her to live a glittering Florentine life apart from her debt-ridden, abusive husband in Rome. After Cosimo's death in 1574, her spiteful older brother, Francesco, reneged on her inheritance and ultimately Isabella pays with her life for flouting her era's tradition [...]


    12. Protected by an indulgent father, Isabella d'Medici dazzled Renaissance Florence with her wit, patronage and flamboyant behavior. Few women could get away with her degree of independence, financial clout and flaunting of convention, and Isabella's time ran out when her father died and her far less tolerant brother encouraged her angry husband to beat her to death in what is essentially a 16th century Italian honor killing


    13. This book looks on the outside (and on the jacket cover) like a novel, but it isn't. It's a history. It's well researched and interestingly presented, but it wasn't what I was hoping for.


    14. I'm wavering between 3 and 4 stars, I admit. "Murder of a Medici Princess," despite its teasing title, is not a murder mystery, but is an excellent biography of Isabella de Medici, the much adored daughter of Grand Duke Cosimo de Medici, the most powerful Medici ruler in that family's long history. However, Caroline Murphy skillfully integrates a mystery within her biography. How does this powerful, favored princess meet the brutal end spoken of in the title? Murphy doesn't give away the answer [...]


    15. Like:- I've always been interested in the Medici's and I loved learning about the family. - I didn't expect for Catherine de Medici to appear in this, but she did. Since I love the French court from that time period, I was pleasantly surprised. - The whole customs from that time and the recurring names people had in that time made me laugh quite a bit. Apparently everyone was called Giovanni or Eleonora. - There were little illustrations in this book of the palazzo's the family were living in. I [...]


    16. The thing that stands out most about this book for me is how much more engaging the second half is than the first. I kind of read 20 pages here and there, but then read the last 150 in a single go. I won't give it away, but it's such a sad book, and the last few chapters bring this to life so well.


    17. A notorious and fascinating story, told in a way that should gladden the hearts of early modern historians, thanks to its wealth of scholarly detail. Readers more attuned to historical novels or bodice rippers may fret a bit.


    18. Don't miss the color plates at the end of the bookI really enjoyed this book, which gives new life to the term "dysfunctional family". Make sure you don't miss the color pictures at the end; you'll wish they were distributed throughout the book.


    19. Well written, but in my opinion it gets too bogged down in unnecessary detail. Getting through this book was like trying to walk in quicksand. I think that the same story could have been told in 250 pages without losing much.



    20. Italy, 1542. Isabella de Medici was born very shortly after the death of her father, Cosimo's, first daughter Bia. And subsequently was most cherished, cosseted and spoiled by her father . Her mother, Eleanora bore Cosimo seven sons and four daughters, with eight surviving til adulthood. They were all housed at the Palazzo Vecchio with the children's special apartments taking up several floors above Cosimo and Eleanora's chambers, which had private access to the children's rooms above.In 1558 Is [...]


    21. More reviews (and no fluff) on the blog surrealtalvi.wordpress/Your interest in buying this book is really based on whether you are looking for a novelization of a real historical character or a well written biography. This book falls into the latter category - it's an exhaustively and thoroughly researched book that never leaves you asking questions about life in the Medici era. It's not an entertaining biography of a compelling figure.But this full recommendation has a caveat: if you want an e [...]


    22. Reviewed for xuryreadingOn August 31st, 1542, Isabella de Medici was born to Cosimo de Medici and Eleonora di Toledo, the Duke and Duchess of Florence, Italy. Born the third of eleven children to this power couple she would be the undisputed apple of her father’s eye. For while he was a brutal and vicious politician he was also a devoted and loving husband and father. He would stop at nothing to ensure the relative happiness and advancement of his children and the Medici name.As happens with a [...]


    23. I thoroughly enjoyed Caroline Murphy's biography of Isabella de' Medici. Wonderful view into the life and times of the Medici Family, the sons and daughters of Eleonora and Cosimo de' Medici. It is a biography, not a novel. Very interesting historical account of what life was life in the Medici court - love, hate, death many deaths due to personal intrigue and sickness. Living in 15thc Firenze was a precarious time to be alive. Everyone's future was either threatened by the hand of man (even a b [...]


    24. Before I start this review, I am adding a disclaimer. I greatly prefer well researched historical fiction over biography, unless the biography is about a particularly important figure like Catherine de Medici or Eleanor of Aquitaine. This book, then, does not fit with my preferences - it was a biography of a minor historical figure and quite frankly, there isn't a ton to talk about aside from gossip. Murder of a Medici Princess is about as substantive as your average issue of Us Weekly debating [...]


    25. At times this book feels like one of the better seasons of Dynasty set in Renaissance Italy. There are fights for family power, adultery, borderline idiot husbands, unloved brides, over-indulgent fathers, trampy cousins; the only thing missing is the occasional catfight. With material like the Medici family of Florence, one expects a bit of entertainment and Caroline Murphy delivers. Murphy also acquits herself well as a serious historian.The story of daddy's-favorite Isabella de Medici Orsini h [...]


    26. This is a book with an identity crisis. The drama in the title and the chapter headings imply a fast-paced plot-driven narrative of the life of Isabella Medici. A more appropriate title would probably be something more along the lines of "Isabella Medici: Life and Intrigue in Renaissance Florence."Murphy's book is very well-researched, but while Isabella did leave an interesting and captivating life (especially given Murphy's interpretation of the historical events), the book does not have the s [...]


    27. Caroline Murphy’s “Murder of a Medici Princess” is a detailed examination of the life—and death—of Isabella de Medici, daughter of the scion of the Medici family—Cosimo. The book is written well, and the story moves forward crisply.Part of the value of this book is the detail of life in Medici Florence. One learns a great deal about the Medici family, the Italian country of the era, and the politics—the deadly politics—of the period. The story of Isabella, then, is richly bracket [...]


    28. An era of opulence and intrigue? A badass and powerful princess? People with names like Cosimo and Troilo? Um, count me in!I love books about cool women, and Isabella de’ Medici was definitely a cool woman. Born to the most powerful family in Renaissance Italy, Isabella did what she wanted and didn’t give a rat’s behind about what anybody thought about her. Can I get a hell yeah?So basically Isabella was raised among her brothers and was well educated and extremely intelligent. She married [...]


    29. Pre-reading:The temptation was too great,so I did what Oscar Wilde suggested as the best way of getting rid of temptation-I gave into it by immediately purchasing the volume that appeared to me to satisfy allthat seemed to typify the foreboding and sinister feeling that came to me so oftenas I strolled hesitantly around this so popular tourist destination.How unsurprising that a Medici Princess should fall victim to this city's dark reputation for the unrelenting pursuit of power and wealth.Its [...]


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