The Cardinal's Hat: Money, Ambition, and Everyday Life in the Court of a Borgia Prince

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Overlook Press, 2005 - Biography & Autobiography - 308 pages
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"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.

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THE CARDINAL'S HAT: Memoir of a Family

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Ippolito D'Este (1509-72), the second son of Lucretia Borgia, Duchess of Ferrara, learns how to succeed in the business of ecclesiastical advancement by really trying. In 1999, the author, an ... Read full review

The Cardinal's Hat : Money, Ambition, and Everyday Life in the Court of a BorgiaPrince

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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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