High Art and Low Cunning at the Birth of the Renaissance

    Hugh Bicheno

    Weidenfeld 2007

    Hardback 290pp

    9780297846345   Product Code: 77415

    In the mid 15th century, two of the most celebrated condottieri, Federico da Montefeltro, lord of Urbino, and Sigismondo Pandolfo Malatesta, lord of Rimini, brought the centuries-old vendetta between their clans to a violent climax. Hugh Bicheno traces the course of this epic rivalry and its backdrop - the clash between Papacy and Holy Roman Empire - and tells the story of the military impresarios as they fought, poisoned, betrayed and cheated their way from the Middle Ages into the modern era.

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