Montefeltro Conspiracy A Renaissance Mystery Decoded

ISBN-10: 0385524684

ISBN-13: 9780385524681

Edition: 2008

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The attempted assassination of the Medici brothers in the Duomo in Florence is one of the best-known events of the Renaissance. While the assailants were the Medicis' rivals, the Pazzi family, questions have always lingered about who orchestrated the attack. In THE MONTEFELTRO CONSPIRACY, Marcello Simonetta reveals a smoking gun: a coded letter that outlines the involvement of Montefeltro, the Duke of Urbino, and Pope Sixtus IV himself. In 2001, Simonetta discovered the letter in a private archive and, using a book written by his own ancestor, Cicco Simonetta, to crack its code, he unearthed proof of an all-out power grab by the Pope for control of Florence, with Montefeltro as his enforcer and coconspirator. In THE MONTEFELTRO CONSPIRACY, Simonetta lays out this nefarious plot, and in the course of his gripping narrative, we encounter the period’s most colorful characters, relive its Machiavellian politics, and discover that two famous paintings contain the Medici's astounding revenge. Illustrated throughout with art and letters, this masterful piece of historical detective work is sure to attract history buffs of every stripe.
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Book details

List price: $26.00
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 6/3/2008
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 272
Size: 6.50" wide x 10.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.188
Language: English

Marcello Simonettahas a PhD in Italian literature and history from Yale. His first book,The Montefeltro Conspiracy: A Renaissance Mystery Decoded,solves one of the most scandalous crimes of the Renaissance: the attempted assassination of the celebrated Medici brothers. He lives in New York.Noga Arikhahas a PhD in history and philosophy from the Warburg Institute. She has taught at Bard College and the Bard Graduate Center. Her first book,Passions and Tempers: A History of the Humours, was aNew York Times Book ReviewEditor’s Choice and one of theThe WashingtonPost’sBest Nonfiction Books of 2007. She lives in New York.

Principal Characters
Prologue
Winter 1476-Spring 1478
Milan Is for Murder
Overly Cautious
Nothing Unsaid
The Invisible Hands
Eliminate Them!
Spring 1478-Summer 1482
Florence Is for Fear
Extreme Measures
Lives at Stake
Traveling South
Resting in Peace
The Sistine Chapel and Botticelli's Spring
Ominous Ends
Afterword
Acknowledgments
Sources
Notes
Other Sources
Illustration Credits
Index
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