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The History of Italy
In 1537 Francesco Guicciardini, adviser and confidant to three popes, governor of several central Italian states, ambassador, administrator, military captain--and persona non grata with the ruling Medici after the siege of Florence--retired to his villa to write a history of his times. His Storia d'Italia became the classic history of Italy--both a brilliant portrayal of t ...more
Paperback, Abridged edition, 488 pages
Published June 1st 1984 by Princeton University Press
(first published 1540)
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Oct 07, 2013 Redsteve rated it 4 of 5 stars
An excellent (and reasonably unbiased) history of the early 16th Century (1494-1534), not just of Italy, but of Europe, the Ottoman Empire, the New World and northern Africa, viewed from a (Florentine) Italian point of view.