Lisa Kaborycha has a PhD in history from the University of California, Berkeley, and is author of "A Short History of Renaissance Italy". A resident of Florence since 2007, she teaches courses at the University of New Haven in Prato and The British Institute in Florence.
This past week, the study abroad experience of most American college students in Florence came to an abrupt end as, with tearful hugs for their homestay moms and waving arrivederci ...
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
There 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