Author: Michle Kahn Spike

Michle K.Spike, a New York attorney, has lived in Florence since 1989 with her husband, noted art historian John T. Spike. She is the author of a biography of Matilda, Tuscan Countess, the life and extraordinary times of Matilda of Canossa.
September 20, 2007
ART + CULTURE

Behind every great man

In June, 1007, Tedaldo, a German marquis, donated money to build a monastery on the island of San Benedetto in the Po River, in memory of his wife, Guilia. To the monks who would live in the monastery, Tedaldo gave ‘half of the island, including the houses, woods, fields