lev and elizabeth

anonymous asked:

Hi!!!🌸 Can you rec me some renaissance history books pls?

atthemomentofsurrender  asked:

Hi Jess! After reblogging your absolutely amazing posts about Da Vinci and the artists of the Renaissance, I was wondering whether you had any books to recommend which discuss these facts? Do you have any favourite ones? Thanks!

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#ReadWomen

A list of books, fiction and non-fiction, scifi, fantasy, history, autobiography, YA, graphic novels, and even a play, all written by women. Hopefully something for everyone.

Unlike the nobility of other European Courts, the Sforzas emphasised training the female children alongside the males in the use of weapons, riding and the chase.  Thus Caterina would have gained an unusual advantage over her peers: her education developed both in the intellect and in the fundamentals of military leadership.
—  Elizabeth Lev; The Tigress of Forli pg. 4
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I’ve just finished the Elizabeth Lev biography of Caterina Sforza (which is a great read if you ever want to learn about a kick-ass Renaissance woman) and someone had told me that Caterina was an ancestor to Elizabeth II. Well, being the weird stubborn person that I am, I had to look up and see if that was right. It wasn’t. But I did figure out her family tree and found that her lineage could be traced directly to Princess Diana through an illegitimate son of Charles II. Yup.

Here’s a list, for whatever other crazy people might be interested:

Caterina Sforza (Early 1463-May 28, 1509)

Giovanni dalle Bande Nere (April 5, 1498 –November 30 1526)

Cosimo I de’ Medici (June 12, 1519 – April 21, 1574)

Francesco I de’ Medici (March 25, 1541 – October 17, 1587)

Marie de’ Medici (April 26, 1575, July 3, 1642)

Henrietta Maria of France (November 25, 1609 – September 10, 1669)

Charles II of England (May 29, 1630 – February 6, 1685

Charles Lennox, First Duke of Richmond (July 29, 1672 – May 17, 1723)

Charles Lennox, Second Duke of Richmond (May 18, 1701 – August 8, 1750)

Lord George Lennox (November 29, 1737 – March 25, 1805)

Charles Lennox, Fourth Duke of Richmond (December 8, 1764 – August 28, 1819)

Charles Gordon-Lennox, Fifth Duke of Richmond (August 2, 1791 – October 21, 1860)

Lady Cecilia Catherine Gordon-Lennox (April 13, 1838 – October 5, 1910)

Lady Rosalind Bingham (February 1869 – January 18, 1958)

Lady Cynthia Hamilton (August 16, 1897 – December 4, 1972)

John Spencer, Eighth Earl of Spencer (January 24, 1924 – March 29, 1992)

Diana, Princess of Wales (July 1, 1961 – August 31, 1997)

Prince William, Duke of Cambridge (June 21, 1982 – )

Prince George of Cambridge (July 22, 2013 – )