Tuscan Countess by Michele K. Spike
The Life and Extraordinary Times of Matilda of Canossa (Mark Magowan Books)

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This is a fast-paced and colorful exploration of the life of Matilda of Canossa (c. 1046û1115), the woman who loved a pope and was loved by him, successfully defied the Holy Roman Emperor, and changed the map of Europe. A new kind of history, this biography also carries the flavor of present-day Italy. Matilda of Canossa, the ôGreat Countess,ö was a remarkable woman. Her personal power was so extraordinary that even centuries after her death she became the first woman to be interred in St. Peter's Basilica. She is best remembered for her role in the conflict between the papacy and the Holy Roman emperor, the climax of which took place at her castle of Canossa. This unique biography is also a journal of the author's travels through contemporary Tuscany as she explores the palaces where Matilda held court, the blood-stained plains on which her soldiers battled, the churches and cathedrals she endowed, and the fortified aeries where she sought refuge. Readers will be swept along on this engrossing journey retracing the steps of a courageous and brilliant woman.
 

About Michele K. Spike

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Michele K. Spike is a lawyer and historian who has lived in Florence since 1989. She has collaborated with her husband, John T. Spike, on numerous books on Italian painters, including Mattia Preti and Caravaggio.
 
Published February 1, 2012 by Vendome Press. 312 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Religion & Spirituality, Travel. Non-fiction

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Spike deftly conjures the world of pre-Renaissance Italy, where a woman ""passed through her life from father to brother, to husband, to son, as each in his turn acted for her welfare."" Many of the men in Matilda's life, however, failed to act in her best interests, and under such conditions, th...

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In the background of all of this - Spike follows the elevation, and usually the quick deaths of pope after pope in the struggle - is a church battle royal, between the Lombard bishops who favoured married clergy and the purchase of bishoprics, and the reforming Cluniac faction, which wanted to ab...

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Then there’s the church - Spike is clearly a fervent adherent of the Catholic Church.

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Matilda of Canossa has, at the hands of history, suffered the fate of many women - been dismissed in a footnote as a weak and willful character, buffeted by fate and frequently reacting irrationally - and what’s more, the mistress of a pope.

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