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by Mary Hollingsworth

Free eBook The Cardinal's Hat: Money, Ambition and Everyday Life in the Court of a Borgia Prince download ISBN: 1861977506
Author: Mary Hollingsworth
Publisher: Profile Books Ltd (May 27, 2004)
Language: English
Pages: 320
Category: Biography and Memoir
Subcategory: Historical
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The Cardinal's Hat : Money, Ambition, and Housekeeping in a Renaissance Court. by Mary Hollingsworth. In The Cardinal's Hat: Money, Ambition, and Everyday Life in the Court of a Borgia Prince (Overlook Press), Hollingsworth has set out her findings in detail. Ippolito has, of course, been written about before, but mostly as an important patron of the arts; he built the magnificent Villa d'Este at Tivoli and he was a patron of the musician Palestrina.

The Cardinal's Hat" was a light, yet interesting tale of a & Cardinal'. This is another book which brings to light how young these boys were entering the "religious life". Some of them were 10 years of age and younger but already well on their way to the Vatican. Using an enormous trove of documents she stumbled upon in the archives of Modena, Hollingsworth brings to vivid and detailed life the world of Ippolito d' Este, one of the sons of the notorious Lucrezia Borgia and her last husband, Duke Alfonso d'Este of Ferrara. I for one had my curiosity quenched and fulfilled because of Hollingsworth's extensive discussions on all parts of Renaissance life: from the simple running of a household to court traditions and practices. Apart from that, it is also rich in details about the lives of the common people. There are plenty of discussions on common people earn their living and how they spend them. I really enjoyed this book, but I admit that some people who can be easily bored by the mountain of details poured in the book.

A riveting portrait of the day-to-day life of a wealthy, worldly Renaissance prince as he pursues power and influence in the . Out of these finely detailed records, Hollingsworth brings to life not only Ippolito, but his world

A riveting portrait of the day-to-day life of a wealthy, worldly Renaissance prince as he pursues power and influence in the Catholic church (USA Today). The second son of Alfonso d’Este and Lucretia Borgia, the Duke and Duchess of Ferrara, Ippolito d’Este was made the archbishop of Milan at the age of nine. Out of these finely detailed records, Hollingsworth brings to life not only Ippolito, but his world. In this brilliant piece of historical detective work and narrative reconstruction.

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Publisher: Woodstock, . Overlook Press, 2006. Find a copy in the library. Genre/Form: History Biographies Biography. Named Person: Ippolito d' Este; Ippolito d' Este; Ippolito d' Este; Ippolito d' Este.

Dr Mary Hollingsworth is the author of Patronage in Renaissance Italy and Patronage in Sixteenth-century Italy. Money, Ambition and Everyday life in the court of a Borgia Prince Near Fine. Seller Inventory 3490. More information about this seller Contact this seller.

The Cardinal's Hat. Money, Ambition, and Everyday Life in the Court of a Borgia Prince. Published May 2, 2006 by Overlook TP. Written in English. LUCRETIA BORGIA MADE her official entry into Ferrara late one clear, cold afternoon in February 1502 through streets lined with crowds of citizens eager to see the woman who had married Alfonso d'Este, the heir to the duchy.

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An extraordinarily detailed account of the daily life and political ambitions of a Renaissance potentate, drawn from a hitherto unpublished archive of original documents. A tale of gambling, hunting, family feuds, power agendas and private conflict in Renaissance Italy. Son of Lucretia Borgia and brother of the Duke of Ferrara, Ippolito d'Este became Archbishop of Milan at the age of 9 but had to wait another twenty years before he acquired his coveted cardinal's hat. This honour was the route to power and wealth in sixteenth-century Europe - it had little to do with piety. Ippolito was no devout cleric: he enjoyed gambling, hunting, tennis and women. This is the story of the five years it took to achieve his ambition, a story involving family squabbles and private feuds, and the political agendas of the Pope, the Emperor and the King of France. Ippolito spent much of this period at the French court, sampling the sophistication of Paris, the luxuries of Fontainebleau, the pleasures of hunting in the Loire valley, the excitement of battle in Picardy, the glamour of an international peace conference at Nice, and the extreme discomforts of mountain travel. The Cardinal's Hat is based entirely on the account books and letters preserved in the archives at Modena, through which Ippolito emerges across the centuries with remarkable clarity. The documents also provide glimpses into the lives of ordinary people, not just his cooks and stable boys, but shopkeepers, builders, bargemen, peasants and even beggars. Above all, they provide a unique insight into life in sixteenth-century Europe.
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Zeueli
"The Cardinal's Hat" was a light, yet interesting tale of a `Borgia Cardinal'. This is another book which brings to light how young these boys were entering the "religious life". Some of them were 10 years of age and younger but already well on their way to the Vatican. With all of the `palm slapping', bribes and gifts being presented to win favor, it makes you wonder how much time was actually spent on religious, and philosophical studies which seem so imperative in today's `spiritual society'. Back then it was more about securing political ties to gain approval in the `courts of power'. Even being born to the right family wasn't adequate to secure a cardinal hat as you will find reading this short story. Cardinal Hats were not cheap; they were acquired by a hefty sum which encompassed money, property and most of all, your undying allegiance.

On the other hand, this book was a little slower than anticipated. For example - chapter 2 goes into meticulous detail about every little item and its cost in the household. I personally think chapter 2 could have been MUCH shorter because it proved so hard to keep focus. You find yourself getting bored after a relative short period. I kept longing for the book to pick up and it would, at times... Moreover, I would dive in as soon as I discovered a few juicy details about popes, kings, mistresses and famous plots, only to realize the book was already slowing down again by returning to the minutest facets including every price, expense, wage, bill, fee, charge, amount, cost, expenditure, payment, salary, and stipend, under the sky.

In the introduction, the author states that she was furnished with a chest of archives. One would think that if you have this immense wealth of information at your fingertips - that you could formulate a more enhanced story which is in desperate need of a dose of excitement. Perhaps some more research would have added that missing ingredient to this `book of accounts and ledgers'. Please note: before this book, I read "The Pope's Daughter", by Caroline Murphy which was very different. "The Pope's Daughter" (set in relatively the same time frame) was a fast paced novel-type adventure packed with all the scandalous and riveting tales one would expect from this particular period. I recommend it highly for anyone interested in the times of the Renaissance. It's tough not to compare these 2 books. I have subsequently purchased Caroline's other book, "Murder of a Medici Princess" which I haven't read yet, but will do shortly...
Na
This is a good account of the life in the 16th. Century in Italy. It shows la dolce vita of a Cardinal, much like the good life of the riches of today. No social mobility. There were big advances since that time, but in the 21st. Century we are returning to the times of a few riches and many poor. Middle class is disappearing. The details make this book a very interesting reading.
This Cardinal Ippolito d'Este was a son of Lucrezia Borgia, a daughter of Pope Alexander VI, probably the most corrupted pope in the history of the Church. Although from Ferrara, Ippolito had a magnificent palazzo - Villa d'Este - in Tivoli, a few miles from Rome.
I recommend this book to whomever plans to visit Ferrara and Villa d'Este. Most of the marble utilized in the palazzo was taken from nearby Hadrian's Villa.
Wnex
This is a most remarkable piece of archival research that recreates the everyday life of a 16th-century Italian aristocrat as he and his family pursue his goal of attaining for him the rank of cardinal in the wholly worldly and corrupt Catholic Church of that era. Using an enormous trove of documents she stumbled upon in the archives of Modena, Hollingsworth brings to vivid and detailed life the world of Ippolito d' Este, one of the sons of the notorious Lucrezia Borgia and her last husband, Duke Alfonso d'Este of Ferrara.

In the hands of the wrong writer, this kind of research could be deadly dull--little more than an endless 16th-century shopping list. But in Hollingsworth's hands these "dry" documents come to life, and take the reader into the day-to-day, material world of Ippolito d'Este as no other form of research could do. This is history that takes us from politics and power-seeking all the way to the level of perfumed gloves and crystal urinals, a world of mind-boggling aristocratic affluence and luxury.

The author's writing style, which some might consider a bit dull, is appropriate for her subject, in the sense that Ippolito needs no editorializing-- his documents themselves speak louder than anything the author could say about them. In any case, the writing is always competent, and often enlivened with flashes of dry British humor. Her ability to make sense of endless pages of accounts-- and to make the contents of those account books of interest to a modern reader-- is nothing short of masterful.

My only criticism is that, among all the illustrations, there doesn't seem to be a single one of Ippolito himself.
Nikok
Quite absorbing for someone who relates to that period of the Renaissance and for those who are explorers of the true history of the Catholic Church.
Morad
Hollingsworth's book focuses on the daily life of Borgia prince, Ippolito D'Este. Hollingsworth follows the events and geo-political gamesmanship that are hallmarks of the time. She has a wonderful ability to transform the minutiae into a lively account that reads quickly. I was very impressed with the thoroughness of her research, in particular, the way she was able to weave the concurrent actions of the court into the story. However, I was dismayed at how quickly the book came to a conclusion. Perhaps Hollingsworth is saving the second half of Ippolito's life for a sequel.

I read this book after reading Christopher Hibbert's "Borgia's and their Enemies" and think it is a wonderful follow-up. Thanks to this book, I am looking even more forward to the next book in the subject and continuing the story of the Borgias and their progeny.
Zololmaran
GOOD BUT ALITTLE TEDIOUS