• "Brilliant and gripping, here is the full true Renaissance in a history of compelling originality and freshness, revealing the filth and thuggery, slavery, sex, slaughter and skulduggery behind the exquisite art of Leonardo and Michelangelo"

    Simon Sebag Montefiore, author of Jerusalem and The Romanovs
  • "Leading us into the world of the high Italian Renaissance in all its rich, blood-soaked glory, Catherine Fletcher shows us how the violent energies of war gave birth to some of the greatest art ever seen. Devastating in its detail, The Beauty and the Terror is a powerful, intimate and deeply humane portrait of this age of extreme destruction and exceptional creativity"

    THOMAS PENN, author of Winter King and Brothers York
  • "A wonderfully dark, gritty, hard-edged tour behind the scenes of the Italian Renaissance. Catherine Fletcher is an expert and eloquent guide through the fire, blood and steel that inspired some of the greatest art in the world"

    JESSIE CHILDS, author of God’s Traitors
  • "Catherine Fletcher’s eye for the skewering detail makes the citizens of renaissance Florence live again"

    Hilary Mantel, on The Black Prince of Florence
  • "Astonishing … gripping and original … a compelling portrait"

    Financial Times on The Black Prince of Florence