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The Pope's Daughter firmly establishes the once-forgotten Felice della Rovere as one of the most powerful . Congratulations to Caroline Murphy for bringing to life - Madonna Felice! First off, this book reads like a novel: it's quick, easy and understandable by all.

Though Rovere's life has been long overlooked as a subject worthy of the ever-growing genre of historical.

Murphy Caroline P. (EN). The illegitimate daughter of Pope Julius II, Felice della Rovere became one of the most powerful and accomplished women of the Italian Renaissance. Now, Caroline Murphy vividly captures the untold story of a rare woman who moved with confidence through a world of popes and princes.

Her companions’ hands frame her face and direct the viewer’s eye towards her. She is the only individual in her group to be dressed in black – unusual for a young woman of the time. is the alertness and intelligence of her gaze, as she looks across the painting to the figure of Pope Julius II, who is depicted receiving Holy Communion.

The illegitimate daughter of Pope Julius II, Felice della Rovere became one of the most powerful and accomplished .

The illegitimate daughter of Pope Julius II, Felice della Rovere became one of the most powerful and accomplished women of the Italian Renaissance. Felice della Rovere was to witness Michelangelo paint the Sistine Chapel, watch her father Pope Julius II lay the foundation stone for the new Saint Peter's, and saw herself immortalized by Raphael in his Vatican frescos.

The Pope's Daughter book. With her marriage to Gian Giordano Orsini-arranged, though not attended, by her father the Pope-she came to possess great wealth and power, assets which she used to her advantage. This is the second book I've read by this author. In both this book and Murder of a Medici Princess the author assembles a lot of information and presents it in a way the lay reader can really enjoy. Chapters in both books are chronological which helps the lay reader understand the complexity of the historical setting.

The illegitimate daughter of Pope Julius II, Felice della Rovere became one of the most powerful and accomplished women of the Italian Renaissance

The illegitimate daughter of Pope Julius II, Felice della Rovere became one of the most powerful and accomplished women of the Italian Renaissance.

Felice della Rovere (c. 1483 – September 27, 1536), also known as Madonna Felice, was the illegitimate daughter of Pope Julius II. One of the most powerful women of the Italian Renaissance. One of the most powerful women of the Italian Renaissance, she was born in Rome around 1483 to Lucrezia Normanni and Cardinal Giuliano della Rovere, later Pope Julius II. Felice was well educated, became accepted into close courtly circles of aristocratic families, and formed friendships with scholars and poets through her education and genuine interest in humanism.

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The illegitimate daughter of Pope Julius II, Felice della Rovere became one of the most powerful and accomplished women of the Italian Renaissance. Now, Caroline Murphy vividly captures the untold story of a rare woman who moved with confidence through a world of popes and princes.Using a wide variety of sources, including Felice's personal correspondence, as well as diaries, account books, and chronicles of Renaissance Rome, Murphy skillfully weaves a compelling portrait of this remarkable woman. Felice della Rovere was to witness Michelangelo paint the Sistine Chapel, watch her father Pope Julius II lay the foundation stone for the new Saint Peter's, and saw herself immortalized by Raphael in his Vatican frescos. With her marriage to Gian Giordano Orsini--arranged, though not attended, by her father the Pope--she came to possess great wealth and power, assets which she used to her advantage. While her father lived, Felice exercised much influence in the affairs of Rome, even egotiating for peace with the Queen of France. After his death, Felice persevered, making allies of the cardinals and clerics of St. Peter's and maintaining her control of the Orsini land through tenacity, ingenuity, and carefully cultivated political savvy. She survived the Sack of Rome in 1527, but her greatest enemy proved to be her own stepson Napoleone, whose rivalry with his stepbrother Girolamo ended suddenly and violently, and brought her perilously close to losing everything she had spent her life acquiring. With a marvelous cast of characters, The Pope's Daughter is a spellbinding biography set against the brilliant backdrop of Renaissance Rome.

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Arlana
"The Pope's Daughter: The Extraordinary life of Felice della Rovere. I bought this hard cover book used. It came in excellent condition and a timely manner. I have no qualms these days about buying used hard cover books, where I did at first. They have always come promptly and in excellent condition.
This book is an excellent account of Felice della Rovere's life the illegitimate daughter of Pope Julius II set in Renaissance Italy. One of the Pope's greatest accomplishment was having Michelangelo paint the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. The book gives excellent details of life in the late 15th century and early 16th century's. But if you aren't into details of the era or ones everyday life, you might find the book a real drag. I personally found it all highly interesting. I have always find it fascinating to see how ancient people's lives, their superstitions, their fertility practices along with how they conducted their daily lives.
Felice had a temptuous relationship with her irascible father. She lived with her mother the first years of her life which was not the norm of the day, until Rodrigo Borgia was elected Pope. Her father then a Cardinal accused Borgia of simony. So he was forced to flee Italy for France and sent his daughter to live with his relatives in northern Italy. Felice didn't get on with very well with her father's relatives. She could often be outspoken and difficult, that her father didn't have much patience for. She frequently refused matches her father tried to betroth her too. Which was not common for women of her day. Felice married once when she was young but not much is known about that marriage. She preferred the independence of single life, if she remarried she had to relinquish monies from her dowry after her first husband died, so she resisted her father as long as she could.
Her father later managed to finally betrothed her to one of the Orsini clan. Whom she married and eventually had 4 children by. Julius was often aloof and indifferent to her. But, on other occasions he could be generous to her with money. She often negotiated with others on behalf of her father after he became Pope. Felice was an intelligent woman who later became one of the wealthiest women in Italy in her own right. She took money her father gave her and bought an working estate with the money that made her wealthy selling grain. So unlike a lot of women of her day, she was independently wealthy. She was a good manager of money. Until after the sack of Rome by the Holy Roman Emperor Charles V. A lot of her possessions were either looted, stolen or paid in random. After her husband's death Felice fought her step son Napoleon for her sons inheritance of Orsini lands. She managed most of her son's inheritance until later years when her sons were old enough to inherit and take care of their possessions.
I found it a excellent account of the Renaissances. But, as I stated before if you're not into a lot of details about everyday life, you might consider not buying it. It has a lot of era details in it.
Chilldweller
I had never heard of Felice della Rovere, or even the della Rovere family until I watched the tv series "The Borgias" (although I know the series is not an historically authentic version of events). Not being a fluent student of Italian history or the papacy, this was interesting because it was new information to me. What I do have is a strong history in women in earlier European history (especially Britian) so it was interesting to be able to compare Felice's life to the lives of other prominent historical women of power (given the time). The book details the early life of Felice, her interactions with her distant father, her married life, etc. It also provides an interesting insight into Rome, the Church and the politics of the time. I have read some history on Lucrezia Borgia and it's interesting to compare the differences in the relationships between the two women and their respective fathers (with Lucrezia's being much more public and close to her father). Ultimately I didn't give the book 5 stars because, while well written over all, I don't think it surpasses who I believe to be the ultimate European historical biographer (Lady Antonia Fraser) as far as prose or style. That certainly shouldn't keep anyone from taking up this interesting book as it provides insight into a variety of areas and doesn't require a lot of background information to enjoy.
Jusari
Congratulations to Caroline Murphy for bringing to life - Madonna Felice!

First off, this book reads like a novel: it's quick, easy and understandable by all. Anyone who is interested in the Renaissance, the Papacy (especially during the shady, unethical, corrupt days) -this book is a worthy read. You know what I appreciate here? Everyone, well almost everyone, has heard of the Borgia's (even more so now, because of the TV series). However, who can say they heard of the name Della Rovere? Not too many... I didn't know who they were when I picked up this little paperback. But what an intriguing title, right?

This book is a great launching point for enthusiasts of Renaissance Italy. I always thought that most organizations had a corrupt history, and now all can realize the Church is NO exception. To imagine that cardinal hats were for sale, cardinals were murdered, popes were poisoned and deadly alliances were formed in the process. Furthermore, to recognize and appreciate that this period created the most stunning, and vivid works of art which were miraculously saved, and restored, down through the generations for all to witness today... Marvelous!

I have already purchased a few more books concerning this specific era including:

1). "Murder of a Medici Princess", Murphy's follow-up
2). "The Cardinal's Hat" by Mary Hollingsworth
3). "Michelangelo & the Pope's Ceiling", by Ross King

What's nice here is not only the writing style which is full of fluidity, but the fact that this book introduces you to all of the players of this particular time period including: the clans of Orisini, Colonna, Borgia, and Medici. It is a quick brush up of some of the most important families in Rome and the influence they wielded. Felice Della Rovere was a WOMAN unlike most of her counterparts for her day. According to the book, women were to bear children and have very little say over anything in life. Felice, being the daughter of Pope Julius II, changed that concept, at least for herself. The stories that describe her life, captured here for the first time, are simply outstanding. She was a woman who became financially independent, who owned her own properties and her own business to boot. Additionally (and most importantly), she maintained ties with the papal court throughout her life, well after her pope-father had passed on. I cannot presume that this was easy. However, Madonna Felice knew that her source of power needed to be backed up by the Papacy. With that said, she sustained successful ongoing relationships with the College of Cardinals, for they were/are the candidates for future popes to be. As for my review title - you will just have to read the book for explanation of that perfect Italian phrase.

Wonderful effort and fantastic story brought to light... Bravo!!!
The Pope's Daughter: The Extraordinary Life of Felice della Rovere download epub
Historical
Author: Caroline P. Murphy
ISBN: 0195312015
Category: Biographies & Memoris
Subcategory: Historical
Language: English
Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1 edition (November 4, 2006)
Pages: 359 pages