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Masque of the Gonzagas

Masque of the Gonzagas (Paperback)

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The baroque era at the beginning of the 17th century: change and upheaval are undermining the certainties of the Renaissance. In northern Italy, amid political and religious dissent, Vincenzo Gonzaga, 4th Duke of Mantua, devotes himself to the pursuit of excellence and pleasure. He gathers to his court the finest painters and musicians. His composer, Claudio Monteverdi, creates his first opera, La Favola d'Orfeo. Clare Colvin's novel follows the Renaissance dream of Arcadia to its horrific destruction, drawing on letters and documents of the time to resolve one of history's most fascinating riddles. What was the reason for the ambivalent relationship between the Duke and his court composer? Why did the Gonzagas destroy themselves, bringing chaos to Italy? And what role did the seductive Isabella of Novellara play in their downfall?

Fiction & PoetryHistorical FictionFiction & PoetryModern & contemporary fiction post c 1945 Publisher: Arcadia Books Publication Date: 02/01/2007 ISBN-13: 9781905147267  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Clare Colvin's first novel, A Fatal Season (Duckworth, 1996) received excellent reviews. She is also a well-known journalist and short story writer, whose work has appeared in anthologies including many of Constable's Winter Tales and Serpent's Tail's Cold Comfort, on radio, and has been translated in Europe. She writes regularly for national newspapers and magazines, and is a former literary editor of the Express on Sunday.

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