Apology for a Murder

ISBN-10: 1843910799

ISBN-13: 9781843910794

Edition: 2004

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Description: In 1537, Alessandro de’ Medici, Duke of Florence, was brutally stabbed by his cousin Lorenzino. Here, for the first time in English, we can examine the murderer’s own defense of his actions in this jewel of Renaissance rhetoric. In this compelling diatribe, Lorenzino de’ Medici presents himself as worthy of comparison with some of the greatest heroes of classical Greece and Rome, purely motivated by love of liberty. His account, however, is generally assumed to be false, and Lorenzino’s reputation is that of a brutal, amoral thug, the antihero of Alfred de Musset’s dramaLorenzaccio. When the Medici regime was reinstated the same year as Alessandro’s murder, Lorenzino’s own assassination was ordered; here, dramatically paired with the Apology, is the fascinating account of Francesco Bibbone, Lorenzino’s own murderer. Florentine nobleman and dramatist Lorenzino de’ Medici is one of the most notorious figures of Renaissance Italy.

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List price: $14.95
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Hesperus Press
Publication date: 3/1/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 112
Size: 5.00" wide x 7.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.242
Language: English

Zoe Heller has been a contributing editor of Vanity Fair and a staff member of the London Sunday Times, the Times Supplement, Esquire, Vogue, the London Review of Books and The New York Times. Her 2003 novel, What Was She Thinking?: Notes on a Scandal, earned tremendous acclaim, including a spot on the short list for the prestigious Man Booker Prize. The audio release coincided with the 2007 film adaptation, Notes on a Scandal, starring Cate Blanchett and Judi Dench. She was born and educated in Britain and now divides her time between Brooklyn, NY and Bucks County, PA.Tim Parks studied at Cambridge and Harvard. He lives near Verona with his wife and three children. His novel Europa was shortlisted for the Booker Prize and Judge Savage was longlisted in 2003.

Foreword
Introduction
Apology for a Murder
Notes
The Death of Lorenzino de'Medici
Notes
Poems
Biographical note
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