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The House of Medici by Christopher Hibbert
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Sep 10, 2011

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An older book but worth the read if you are interested in Italian history. I would actually give it 3.5 stars if I could. A quote: "This Visconti was widely believed to be mad and was certainly unbalanced. He had been known on summer days to strip the rich clothes from his grotesquely fat and dirty body and to roll about naked in his garden. So ugly that he refused to have his portrait painted, so weak on his deformed legs that he could not rise from his chair without leaning on a page; so nervous that he had been known to scream at the sight of a naked sword; so frightened of thunder that he had a sound-proof room built in his palace; so fond of practical jokes that he would suddenly produce a snake from his sleeve when talking to an unsuspecting courtier, he was also willful, secretive and inordinately suspicious.". Great sentence.
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