The Black Prince of Florence: The Spectacular Life and Treacherous World of Alessandro De’ Medici


Born to a dark-skinned maid and Lorenzo II de’ Medici, the illegitimate Alessandro was groomed for power. In 1532, at the age of nineteen, backed by the Holy Roman Emperor–his future father-in-law–and the Pope, he became Duke of Florence, facing down family rivals and oligarchs and inheriting the grandest dynasty of the Italian Renaissance. Catherine Fletcher’s The Black Prince of Florence is the first complete account of the real-life counterpart to Machiavelli’s Prince.

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