The Princess of Mantua

The Princess of Mantua

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Independent Publishing Group
Who is the real woman who looks out at us from Mantegna’s masterful painting, The Gonzaga Family? In this prize-winning international bestseller, Marie Ferranti takes us through the backdoor of everyday 15th-century life into a world populated by some of the greatest figures and artists of the age. It is 1433, and the 10-year-old Barbara von Brandenburg leaves her native Germany to marry the Prince of Mantua, Ludovico Gonzaga. When her husband leaves for war immediately after, she finds herself at the center of one of the most refined courts in Europe, and when, seven years later, Ludovico returns victorious from his campaigns, she has to live with him through the most difficult trials?illnesses, mourning, and the curse of heredity: all Gonzaga women are born hunchbacked. Based on a series of letters between Barbara and her cousin Maria, The Princess of Mantua is an example of docu-fiction at its most exquisite. French novelist Marie Ferranti’s most recent work is The Night Hunt.


Blackwell North Amer
Who is the real Barbara von Brandenburg, that plain woman who looks at us from Mantegna's masterful painting, The Gonzaga Family? Using historic facts and documentary references, Marie Ferranti takes us through the backdoor of everyday fifteenth-century life into a world populated by some of the greatest men and artists of her age, at the end of which we find ourselves the victim of a very sophisticated 'trompe l'oeil'.
It is 1433, and the ten year-old Barbara von Brandenburg leaves her native Germany to marry the Prince of Mantua, Ludovico Gonzaga. When her husband leaves for war, she finds herself at the centre of one of the most refined courts in Europe, and when, seven years later, Ludovico returns victorious from his campaigns, she has to live with him through the most difficult trials - illnesses, mourning and the curse of his heredity: all Gonzaga women are born hunchbacked. Based on a series of letters between Barbara and her cousin Maria, in which she recounts her daily life, dramas and jokes, The Princess of Mantua is an example of docufiction at its most exquisite.

Publisher: London : Hesperus, 2005
ISBN: 9781843917021
1843917025
Branch Call Number: FIC FER
Characteristics: 116 p. ;,20 cm.
Additional Contributors: Brown, Andrew

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