The Cardinal's Hat: Money, Ambition, and Everyday Life in the Court of a Borgia Prince
"Working with an astonishing quantity of account books and letters only recently uncovered in an archive in Modena, Mary Hollingsworth also provides an uncannily complete picture of the lives of ordinary people: cooks and stable boys, butchers and painters, bargemen and beggars. The ledgers deal not only with the trappings of power - gold and silver, silks and velvets, banquets and balls - but also with the stuff of everyday life. We learn, among other things, how much soap and candles cost, what happened when the drains got blocked, and why tipping was so important." "Out of these minutiae, Ippolito is brought to life, as are the lives of his staff and the Renaissance epoch itself. Painstakingly researched The Cardinal's Hat is a finely etched portrait of a life of relentless ambition."--BOOK JACKET.