The Cardinal's Hat: Money, Ambition, and Everyday Life in the Court of a Borgia Prince, Volume 1, Issues 58567-58801

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Overlook Press, 2006 - Biography & Autobiography - 308 pages
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The Cardinal's Hat is the fascinating story of how Ippolito d'Este, the second son of Lucretia Borgia, acquired the coveted cardinal's hat and became the Archbishop of Milan.  Working with Ippolito's letters and ledgers, recently uncovered in an archive in Modena, Italy, Mary Hollingsworth has pieced together a fascinating and undeniably titillating tale of this Renaissance cardinal and his road to power and wealth in sixteenth century Europe.

The ledgers document every aspect of Ippolito's comings and goings, and he comes to life out of the minutiae, as do the lives of his staff.

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Using freshly discovered archival records from Modena, Italy, Hollingsworth, a scholar of Italian Renaissance art and architecture, here skillfully conjures another time and place. With deft writing ... Read full review


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Mary Hollingworth received her Ph.D. in Renaissance Architecture from the University of Anglia. She ahs lectured in art and architecture at several universities in the United Kingdom and has published several books on the patronage of Italian Renaissance art, as well as articles in Art History, Atlas of World Art, and The Times (London), among others.

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