By Matt Rees

ISBN-10: 0857896784

ISBN-13: 9780857896780

Italy, 1605: For the ruling Borghese relatives, Rome is a spot of grand palazzos and frescoed cathedrals. For the lowly artist Caravaggio, it's a position of tough bars, knife fights, and grubby whores. till he's commissioned to color the Pope...

Soon, Caravaggio has received access into the Borgia family's internal circle, and turns into the main celebrated artist in Rome. but if he falls for Lena, a low-born fruit-seller, and paints her into his Madonna sequence as an easy peasant lady, Italian society is outraged. Discredited as an artist, yet unwilling to retract his imaginative and prescient of the girl he loves, Caravaggio is compelled right into a duel - and murders a nobleman.

Even his strong buyers can't shield him from a demise sentence. So Caravaggio flees to Malta, the place, sooner than he may be pardoned, he needs to suffer the rigorous education of the Knights of Malta. His work proceed to talk of his love for Lena. yet earlier than he can go back to her, as a Knight and a noble,...

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Women, on the other hand, might appropriately place their family's welfare above honor and duty. These are revealing details. It is, however, the overall impression of the book which is the most lasting. The prerequisites for such a study were many: an unmatched mastery of the vast array of primary sources, even the most voluminous and therefore usually neglected; the most deft hand and mind in analyzing and combining the clues to reconstruct the very complicated family and political histories; but, above all, the most profound understanding of human nature, and sympathy for the human condition.

Ilivc in the human sense. This is not merely political history, the account <>l the ruling oligarchy, but also social history at its best. Münzer underItood the prizes open to such a ruling class, but also its toils: the early ages l< u marriage, the appalling mortality rates, the long absences from home nl men in the service of the state, the long widowhoods of the bereaved xxxviii MÜNZER'S ROMAN ARISTOCRATIC PARTIES AND FAMILIES women if they resisted pressures to remarry, the terrifyingly fine line between the flourishing family monopolizing power and dispensing patronage one moment and the same group utterly disgraced or facing extinction the next.

In 1904 Peter von der Mühll and from 1905 to 1907 Matthias Gelzer attended his lectures and classes (24-26). After Münzer's promotion in 1902, Bethe proposed him for the second chair in classical philology, and chose as referees Heinrich Wölfflin in Munich, Friedrich Leo in Göttingen, Richard Reitzenstein in Strasbourg, and Friedrich Imhoof-Blumer in Winterthur, all of whom highly recommended him. Münzer's salary in 1903 was no more than 4,000 francs. Bethe, who for financial reasons had moved to Gießen, received the equivalent of 8,000 francs.

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