Published October 2020
Paperback, 241 pages
Troubador Publishing Ltd., UK
Signed copies may be purchased at The Book House Thame, Oxfordshire, UK
In Search of Annalena: A Life of Tragedy and Triumph in Renaissance Florence
Florence 1441. Cosimo de’ Medici is in his ascendancy and the city wrestles with the aftermath of one of the greatest crimes of the Renaissance, the assassination of Baldaccio d’Anghiari. His young widow Annalena Malatesta, a noblewoman and a relative of the Medici, mourns the tragic loss of her husband which turns her life upside down. She could easily slip into the shadows, however she overcomes personal tragedy and soon her tears of sadness turn to tears of joy. Annalena becomes the foundress of a magnificent and important convent in the city and emerges as one of the most inspirational and significant female spiritual figures in fifteenth century Florence.
In this book I describe my own personal journey to discover the life story of Annalena Malatesta. As an art historian I present a thoroughly researched, scholarly but accessible biography of Annalena. This includes a highly detailed study of the convent that she founded and its associated artworks. This non-fiction book also includes exciting new perspectives related to some major works of Italian Renaissance art linked with Annalena.
The full story of Annalena Malatesta has never been told in Italy or to a wider audience, although her name is still indelibly linked with the city of Florence. Here for the first time the life and achievements of this remarkable Renaissance woman are recognised and celebrated.
WHAT YOU SAY!
Absolutely loved the book! The in depth research certainly brought Annalena and her world back to life, enhanced by your passion and enthusiasm in presenting the story. It also for me, brought back fond memories of my visits to Florence and the surrounding area. A most interesting and absorbing read. Jo Soley
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 13 December 2020
Remarkable new book outlining the incredible story of 'Annalena' in renaissance Florence.
The Author tells the story from a unique vantage point for the first time, almost creating a brand new genre...gently balancing incredible personal stories experienced during the research with in depth new evidence that has been uncovered through the scrupulous research that the author has undertaken.
All of this is interspersed with fictional accounts at the start of most chapters to outline likely thoughts and feelings at the time of different events giving an unparalleled view of this enviable women - Annalena.
The Author enabled me to imagine I was walking the streets of Florence at an amazing time in the history of this enchanting city.
Thank you for preserving the history of this incredible woman. Annalena's memory and impact on Florence will now be long remembered!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 29 December 2020
What better way to escape....grab yourself a glass of wine, a comfy seat and immerse yourself into the fascinating life of Annalena.
The author delves deep into the life of this truly fabulous and intriguing woman that makes you feel like you are on the journey with her. Searching for clues to find out more whilst leaving you gripped on the edge of your seat yet with a sense of calm and escapism knowing you are in safe hands with a credible art historian piecing together the parts of a very complex jigsaw.
A very well researched and detailed book relatable to every reader.