Author: Elizabeth Loupas

Elizabeth Loupas is the author of three books of historical fiction set in the sixteenth century, including The Red Lily Crown: A Novel of Medici Florence, which was published by Penguin/NAL on April 1, 2014.
May 8, 2014
ART + CULTURE

Alchemy and a ducal mistress

Francesco de’ Medici, a prince of the Medici, eldest son and heir to Cosimo I, should have had been born with the golden apple of fortune clutched firmly in his hands. What went wrong? Why did he end his life loathed and feared by the people of Florence, amid