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The Pope's Daughter, by Caroline P. Murhpy, evokes not only the great turbulence and creativity of Renaissance Italy, but also the daily life of Felice della Rovere, the illegitimate daughter of Pope Julius II and, eventually, the most powerful woman in Rome.
Caroline P. Murphy was born in 1969 and grew up in Reading, Berkshire. She received a BA and PhD from University College, London and is now Associate Professor of Renaissance Art History at the University of California, Riverside. She is the author of Lavinia Fontana: A Painter and Her Patrons in Sixteenth-century Bologna, praised by Sarah Bradford in the Literary Review for 'shed[ding] new light on the ground-breaking career of a brave and talented woman'.
"'A subtle and engaging picture of just how a woman of real intelligence could finesse a difficult initial position into something like being First Lady of Rome.' Jane Stevenson, Observer 'Superb... A masterpiece.' Sunday Telegraph 'Remarkable.' Hilary Spurling, Daily Telegraph 'Scholarship and style... Not only gives us a sense of della Rovere's demanding and meticulous personality, but also a memorable portrait of the time and the city in which she lived.' Stella Tillyard, Sunday Times"