The Resource Our man in Rome : Henry VIII and his Italian ambassador, Catherine Fletcher

Our man in Rome : Henry VIII and his Italian ambassador, Catherine Fletcher

Label
Our man in Rome : Henry VIII and his Italian ambassador
Title
Our man in Rome
Title remainder
Henry VIII and his Italian ambassador
Statement of responsibility
Catherine Fletcher
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
It's 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. This vivid and compelling book will make us think anew about Henry, Catherine and the Tudor world
Biography type
individual biography
Cataloging source
QPPL
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Fletcher, Catherine
Dewey number
942.052092
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
  • portraits
  • plates
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Casali, Gregorio
  • Di Casale, Gregory
  • Henry
  • Catharine
  • Diplomats
  • Great Britain
Target audience
adult
Label
Our man in Rome : Henry VIII and his Italian ambassador, Catherine Fletcher
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Contents
1.The King in Love and the Pope Besieged -- 2.How to Bribe a Cardinal (Part One) -- 3.A Short Tale of Kidnapping -- 4.Cardinal Campeggio has Gout -- 5.The Vicar of Hell in Rome -- 6.Neither Fair nor Foul Will Serve -- 7.Livia Pallavicino, Heiress -- 8.The Fall of Cardinal Wolsey -- 9.A Coronation and a Wedding -- 10.The Scholar Croke Cries Foul -- 11.The Daily Frauds of the Brothers Casali -- 12.The Custom of England -- 13.Murder in Naples -- 14.How to Bribe a Cardinal (Part Two) -- 15.The Break with Rome -- 16.The Ingratitude of Princes -- 17.A Mother's Tears
Dimensions
25 cm.
Extent
xx, 268 p., [8] p. of plates
Form of item
regular print reproduction
Isbn
9781847921765
Isbn Type
(hbk.)
Other physical details
ill., map, ports., geneal. table.
System control number
  • (Sirsi) 13602925
  • 13602925
Label
Our man in Rome : Henry VIII and his Italian ambassador, Catherine Fletcher
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Contents
1.The King in Love and the Pope Besieged -- 2.How to Bribe a Cardinal (Part One) -- 3.A Short Tale of Kidnapping -- 4.Cardinal Campeggio has Gout -- 5.The Vicar of Hell in Rome -- 6.Neither Fair nor Foul Will Serve -- 7.Livia Pallavicino, Heiress -- 8.The Fall of Cardinal Wolsey -- 9.A Coronation and a Wedding -- 10.The Scholar Croke Cries Foul -- 11.The Daily Frauds of the Brothers Casali -- 12.The Custom of England -- 13.Murder in Naples -- 14.How to Bribe a Cardinal (Part Two) -- 15.The Break with Rome -- 16.The Ingratitude of Princes -- 17.A Mother's Tears
Dimensions
25 cm.
Extent
xx, 268 p., [8] p. of plates
Form of item
regular print reproduction
Isbn
9781847921765
Isbn Type
(hbk.)
Other physical details
ill., map, ports., geneal. table.
System control number
  • (Sirsi) 13602925
  • 13602925

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