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Murder of a Medici Princess
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August 15, 2009
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Before I start this review, I am adding a disclaimer. I greatly prefer well researched historical fiction over biography, unless the biography is about a particularly important figure like Catherine de Medici or Eleanor of Aquitaine. This book, then, does not fit with my preferences - it was a biography of a minor historical figure and quite frankly, there isn't a ton to talk about aside from gossip. Murder of a Medici Princess is about as substantive as your average issue of Us Weekly debating...more
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I really enjoyed this book. I definitely want to read a lot more about the great Italian families after reading this. All the murders and contract killings! No wonder the English were fascinated with Italy at that time (although I suppose there were plenty of untimely deaths in England and France during this period - I think I'm just used to someone being thrown in prison and then killed by order of the king as opposed to secret assasins and mysterious poisonings).

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If there's ever a story to get you annoyed about the hypocrisy of morality that has long been held as a double standard between the sexes, this is it. Isabella de' Medici was the favourite of her father, Cosimo I, and as such was used to being allowed to do as she pleased. Unfortunately for her, Cosimo couldn't live forever and without her father to protect her it was just a matter of time before her brother and husband, both of whom she held in contempt, conspired to preserve their notions of p...more
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