Available October 2020
Paperback, 241 pages
Troubador Publishing Ltd., UK
ISBN: 9781800460799
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.

All images copyright Dawn Cumming, Tuscany At Home