Vendetta: High Art and Low Cunning at the Birth of the Renaissance

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In Italy, the Renaissance was more than a time of sweeping cultural advancement; it was also an age of nearly continuous military conflict and vicious personal feuds between powerful public figures. A lifelong vendetta pitted two of Italy’s most prominent condottieri, or mercenary warlords, against each other in a struggle that moved from the battlefield to the political halls of power to the Papacy itself. Duke Federigo da Montefeltro of Urbino, and Sigismondo Malatesta, the Wolf of Rimini,” were more than ruthless generals; they were cultured patrons of the arts who nonetheless took their rivalry to bloody excess. Here their story is set against the rich backdrop of 15th century Italy, a sweeping epic of nobility and war, betrayal and vengeance.

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Hugh Bicheno is himself a Renaissance man. He has had careers as an academic, an intelligence officer and a freelance kidnap and ransom negotiator in South America. He now devotes himself to writing about men at war, and co-authored the bestselling Rebels and Redcoats, written in conjunction with Richard Holmes. He lives in Cambridge.

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"his lively book.. [the reader] will be grateful for the informative tables, maps and chronologies which punctuate the narrative at reassuring intervals." -- BBC HISTORY MAGAZINE

'A very informative and entertaining read.' -- ITALY

'[a] studious disentangling of the history of the Italian states' -- John McEwen, THE TABLET

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