By Caroline P. MurphyThe illegitimate daughter of Pope Julius II, Felice della Rovere grew to become some of the most strong and entire ladies of the Italian Renaissance. Now, Caroline Murphy vividly captures the untold tale of an extraordinary girl who moved with self belief via an international of popes and princes.
Using a wide selection of resources, together with Felice's own correspondence, in addition to diaries, account books, and chronicles of Renaissance Rome, Murphy skillfully weaves a compelling portrait of this notable lady. Felice della Rovere was once to witness Michelangelo paint the Sistine Chapel, watch her father Pope Julius II lay the basis stone for the recent Saint Peter's, and observed herself immortalized by means of Raphael in his Vatican frescos. together with her marriage to Gian Giordano Orsini—arranged, although now not attended, by means of her father the Pope—she got here to own nice wealth and tool, resources which she used to her virtue. whereas her father lived, Felice exercised a lot impression within the affairs of Rome, even negotiating for peace with the Queen of France. After his dying, Felice continued, making allies of the cardinals and clerics of St. Peter's and preserving her regulate of the Orsini land via tenacity, ingenuity, and punctiliously cultivated political savvy. She survived the Sack of Rome in 1527, yet her maximum enemy proved to be her personal stepson Napoleone, whose contention along with his stepbrother Girolamo ended unexpectedly and violently, and taken her perilously with regards to wasting every little thing she had spent her lifestyles acquiring.
With a wonderful solid of characters, The Pope's Daughter is a spellbinding biography set opposed to the intense backdrop of Renaissance Rome.