2011 NF Release: The Tigress of Forli: Renaissance Italy's Most Courageous and Notorious Countess, Caterina Riario Sforza de Medici by Elizabeth Lev & Cathy Hemmings

Caterina Sforza
by Elizabeth Lev & Cathy Hemmings

Release Date:  October 20, 2011
SYNOPSIS:  Wife, mother, leader, warrior: Caterina Riario Sforza was one of the most prominent women in Renaissance Italy--and one of the most vilified. In this glittering biography, Elizabeth Lev re-examines her extraordinary life and accomplishments.
Raised in the court of Milan and wed at age ten to the Pope's corrupt nephew, Caterina was ensnared in Italy's political intrigues early in life. After turbulent years in Rome's papal court, she moved to the Romagnol province of Forli. Following her husband's assassination, she ruled Italy's crossroads with iron will, martial strength, political savvy--and an icon's fashion sense. In finally losing her lands to the Borgia family, she put up a resistance that inspired all of Europe and set the stage for her progeny--including Cosimo de Medici--to follow her example to greatness.
A rich evocation of Renaissance life, The Tigress of Forli reveals Caterina Riario Sforza as a brilliant and fearless ruler, and a tragic but unbowed figure.



  1. This sounds like an extremely fascinating read and I can't wait to get my hands on it!

  2. Intriguing sounding read. I do hope I get an opportunity of reading it.

  3. I know so very little about Italian history. This books would be revealing in many areas.


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