The Tigress of Forlì: Renaissance Italy's Most Courageous and Notorious Countess, Caterina Riario Sforza de Medici
The astonishing life of a long-misunderstood Renaissance virago.
Wife, mother, leader, warrior. Caterina Riario Sforza was one of the most prominent women in Renaissance Italy—and one of the most vilified. In this glittering biography, Elizabeth Lev reexamines her extraordinary life and accomplishments.
Raised in the court of Milan and wed at age ten to the pope’s corrupt ne...more
"The Tigress of Forli: Renaissance Italy's Most Courageous and Notorious Countess, Caterina Riario Sforza de' Medici" by art historian Elizabeth Lev is a biography which paints a portrait not only of one of the most colorful characters of the Renaissance but of the Renaissance itself. If ever I thought that the films and novels I have seen and read about Renaissance Italy were exaggerated in either the violence ...more
It is the story of a feisty, formidable woman, a woman who often outwitted her male counterparts. She for example bested and humiliated both Macchiavelli and the fearsome Cesare Borgia on various occasions. She seemed to be quite fearless, was a good strategist and dressed in armour, led in battle. She defended her stronghold against enormous odds even after the townspeople had abandoned and betrayed her. She ...more
But if you want a biography as an introduction to the Renaissance, or if you know a lot about Florence ...more
"Feminism gone wild", one of the reviewers quoted on the cover ...more
The truth is far better. Yes, she was a Sforza, the illegitimate daughter of Galeazzo Sforza, Duke of Milan, brought up a ...more
“Caterina was a firsthand witness to the corruption in the [Borgia] family; if she chose to recount her story, she warned that she would ‘shock the world’.” (Lev, p.247)
In recent months (time of writing: August 2013) I have been increasingly interested in the history of the Italian Renaissance. This was one of the reasons I decided to buy this biography of Caterina Sforza by art historian Elizabeth Lev. In short: I'm so glad I did, because this book was fascinating and, after finishin ...more
Entertaining and informative read (with a few mistakes) and with an emphasis on the costumes and arts of the period (probably d ...more
Elizabeth Lev's biography of Caterina Riario Sforza de Medici is about some of the details of tha ...more
I must confess, I was first attracted to this biography because I knew of Caterina Riario Sforza de Medici through the video game "Assassin's Creed II" and I wanted to learn her full story. Having read Mrs. Lev's first work, I am very glad that I did. In a little less than 300 pages, Mrs. Lev recounts the life of one of the most amazing women in Renaissance history, if not in all of history. Caterina was stubborn, brave, and passionate through ...more
Elizabeth Lev paints Caterina Sforza's story with the expertise of a Renaissance master. We are given the rich tapestry ...more
The story of Caterina Sforza is certainly worth telling. Whether you interpret her as admirable or cold-hearted, there is no denying she was a strong, driven woman who playe ...more
To be honest, I actually came across the amazing and wily Catarina Sforza while watching Showti ...more
Caterina Sforza would be considered an extraordinary woman in any age but at a time when women were usually under the thumb of their father/husband/brother/uncle/son (delete as appropriate) she was especially outstanding.
She wasn't perfect, she made mistakes and committed crimes against her people that can't really be condoned even though she was grief-stricken ...more