THE BLACK PRINCE OF FLORENCE: THE SPECTACULAR LIFE AND TRECHEROUS WORLD OF ALESSANDRO DE’ MEDICI
352pp., 16 colour plates, P.B. 2017 reissue. A dramatic tale of assassination, spies and betrayal, that opens a window onto the opulent, cut-throat world of Renaissance Italy. The year is 1531. After years of brutal war and political intrigue, the bastard son of a Medici Duke and a ‘half-negro’ maidservant rides into Florence. Within a year, he rules the city as its Prince.