The Black Prince of Florence

The Black Prince of Florence

The Spectacular Life and Treacherous World of Alessandro de' Medici

Hardback336pp Illustrated232x154mm

9780190612726     Product Code: 508065


The illegitimate son of Lorenzo II and a maidservant, Alessandro de’ Medici ruled Florence for six turbulent years until he was assassinated in 1537. This first complete account of his life charts the rise through the intrigue-ridden courts of Renaissance Italy of the model for Machiavelli’s Prince, assesses the qualities of a ruler branded a tyrant by his enemies after his death, and considers the possible ethnic origins of this ‘first European ruler of colour’.

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