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Robert Laffont
EAN : 9782221219331
Shaping : BROCHE
Pages : 368
Size : 1 x 240 mm
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The Farnese Saga

Release date : 23/01/2020
After living in the Palazzo Farnese in Rome for almost five years, French diplomat Jean-Marc de La Sablière has become captivated with the monument, one of the most beautiful palaces of the High Renaissance.
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The House of Farnese is known today for its pomp and grandeur, but also its story of the extraordinary ascension of a family of condottieri. With roots going back to the Middle Ages in the region of Lake Bolsena, north of Rome, the family quickly gained momentum in the fifteenth...
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The House of Farnese is known today for its pomp and grandeur, but also its story of the extraordinary ascension of a family of condottieri. With roots going back to the Middle Ages in the region of Lake Bolsena, north of Rome, the family quickly gained momentum in the fifteenth century and attained the papacy in 1534. Once Alessandro became Pope Paul III, he greatly favored his family. His descendants aligned themselves in marriage with the great European dynasties and princes of the Church, like his grandson the “Great Cardinal,” and would go on to have remarkable lives. They even weighed in on the fate of Europe. This was the case of Alessandro, grandson of Charles V, who at the end of the sixteenth century became the most trusted general of Philippe II, a famed captain of his time. After a phase of decadence in the seventeenth century, Elisabeth Farnese brought a glorious close to the line. She became Queen of Spain through her marriage to Philip V, grandson of Louis XIV, and her ambition and influence were well rewarded. The House of Farnese was no more, but its Bourbon sons and grandsons reigned on several thrones across Europe.
This is the saga that Jean-Marc de La Sablière, French ambassador, recounts in this fascinating and well-documented work. He details the historical issues in Italy and Europe, life during the Renaissance, the wars, the famous quarrel between Charles V and Francis I, but also the history of the Church as it was confronted with the rise of Protestantism, in order to highlight the role played in these movements by several members of the Farnese family. One of the most influential was Pope Paul III, who, despite his scandalous youth and nepotism, also saved the Church by initiating and directing the Council of Trent. Several chapters are devoted to him. Always conscious of presenting history as it really happened, the author draws on a number of sources and uses his diplomatic experience to present several great negotiations, while also striking the reader’s imagination when evoking the exciting and individual lives of the men and women in the family. This was notably the case for the beautiful Giulia, who became the mistress of Rodrigo Borgia, soon to be Pope Alexander VI, or Pier Luigi, son of Paul III, who was debauched and cruel.
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EAN : 9782221219331
Shaping : BROCHE
Pages : 368
Size : 1 x 240 mm
Robert Laffont