Lisa Kaborycha has a PhD in history from the University of California, Berkeley, and is author of A Short History of Renaissance Italy. Since 2007 she has been a resident of Florence, where she has taught at the University of California EAP, as well as other US programs in Tuscany.
The irony of my job is not lost on me. As I go
to work each day, I make my way on stony streets where it seems, at times, that
you can still hear the Guelfs and Ghibellines hurling abuses, and sometimes
even projectiles, at one another. From time to
The Medici sent gifts to friends, agents, diplomats and rulers all over
Europe, and the objects they sent were highly coveted. Sometimes too highly
coveted. In a letter thanking his Medici employers for gifts to his wife, an
Italian engineer temporarily working at the German court writes: My wife thanks
There were the Grand Duke and
Duchess with all their children, the youngest at his wet nurse's breast,
happily suckling away.
A courtier, describing a ballet held at the
Medici court to the Duchess of Mantua.
February 12, 1619
When Cosimo II and Maria Magdalena went
is never any shortage of gruesome crimes to occupy the public's imagination. To
be termed a ‘crime of the century', however, a murder must have special
qualities that make it stand out: a celebrity is involved, the murder is carried
out in a particularly grisly manner, the
I have heard you would like to try some cheeses from Pesaro,
so I am sending you these as a sample. Let me know if you like them and I'll send more...
When Vladimir Putin calls George Bush, does he ask how the twins are doing? Did
As far as news from Poland, I regret to inform your highness that things are going very unhappily for us there...all of Lithuania and Prussia are lost to us as well...
We tend to think of our modern world as the first great information age, but already during
Francesco de’ Medici at the imperial court in Vienna
In 1565, Cosimo I de’Medici sent his son Francesco across the Alps on a very important mission: to meet his 17-year-old bride, Johanna of Austria. This marriage was crucial to Cosimo’s dynastic strategy,