Our Man in Rome: Henry VII and his Italian Ambassador

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dc.contributor.author FLETCHER, Catherine
dc.date.accessioned 2012-05-14T12:48:51Z
dc.date.available 2012-05-14T12:48:51Z
dc.date.issued 2012
dc.identifier.citation London, The Bodley Head, 2012 en
dc.identifier.isbn 978-1847921765
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1814/21942
dc.description.abstract 1527. Gregorio 'The Cavalier' Casali is Henry VIII's man in Rome. An Italian freelance diplomat, he charmed his way into the English service before he was twenty. But now he faces an almighty challenge. Henry wants a divorce from Catherine of Aragon, and Casali must persuade Pope Clement VII of his master's case. Set against the backdrop of war-torn Renaissance Italy, Our Man in Rome weaves together tales from the grubby underbelly of Tudor politics with a gripping family saga to reveal the extraordinary true story behind history's most infamous divorce. Through six years of cajoling, threats and bribery, Casali lives by his wits. He manoeuvres his brothers into lucrative diplomatic postings, plays off one master against another, dodges spies, bandits and noblemen alike. But as the years pass and Henry's case drags on, his loyalties are increasingly suspected. What will be Casali's fate? Drawing on hundreds of unknown archive documents, Our Man in Rome reconstructs his tumultuous life among the great and powerful at this turning point for European history. From the besieged Castel Sant'Angelo in Rome to the splendours of Greenwich Palace, we follow his trail in the service of Henry VIII. Lavish ceremony and glamorous parties stand in contrast to the daily strains of embassy life, as Casali pawns family silver to pay the bills, fights off rapacious in-laws and defends himself in the face of Anne Boleyn's wrath. en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher The Bodley Head en
dc.title Our Man in Rome: Henry VII and his Italian Ambassador en
dc.title.alternative The Divorce of Henry VIII: The untold story from inside the Vatican
dc.type Book en


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