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Published: 20 February 2020

224 Pages | 3 black and white figures/illustrations


ISBN: 9780199681211

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A Renaissance Marriage

The Political and Personal Alliance of Isabella d'Este and Francesco Gonzaga, 1490-1519

Carolyn James

  • Analyses the marriage of Isabella d'Este, one of the most famous figures of the Italian Renaissance, and her less-well-known husband, Francesco Gonzaga, ruler of the small northern Italian principality of Mantua (r.1484-1519)
  • Provides a new study of how a well-known Renaissance couple inhabited their marriage emotionally
  • Uncovers how politics and the personal aspects of marriage were inextricably linked in this kind of dynastic relationship
  • Offers new insights into the history of the Italian Wars (1494-1559) and the Great Pox
  • Draws extensively on unpublished archival sources, including letters between Isabella and Francesco over twenty-nine years, as well as their correspondence with relatives and courtiers

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