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Federico da Montefeltro and Sigismondo Malatesta

The Eagle and the Elephant


Maria Grazia Pernis and Laurie Schneider Adams

An interdisciplinary study of two Renaissance princes, this book discusses the feud between Federico da Montefeltro and Sigismondo Pandolfo Malatesta and its effect on their patronage. As each vied for political, economic, and artistic domination over the other, they were supported by young, gifted wives. In their struggle for power, the role of the humanist Pope Pius II was of paramount importance.