A Name in Blood by Matt Rees

By Matt Rees

Italy, 1605: For the ruling Borghese relations, Rome is a spot of grand palazzos and frescoed cathedrals. For the lowly artist Caravaggio, it's a position of tough bars, knife fights, and grubby whores. until eventually he's commissioned to color the Pope...

Soon, Caravaggio has received access into the Borgia family's internal circle, and turns into the main celebrated artist in Rome. but if he falls for Lena, a low-born fruit-seller, and paints her into his Madonna sequence as an easy peasant girl, Italian society is outraged. Discredited as an artist, yet unwilling to retract his imaginative and prescient of the lady he loves, Caravaggio is pressured right into a duel - and murders a nobleman.

Even his strong buyers can't guard him from a demise sentence. So Caravaggio flees to Malta, the place, sooner than he should be pardoned, he needs to endure the rigorous education of the Knights of Malta. His work proceed to talk of his love for Lena. yet prior to he can go back to her, as a Knight and a noble,...

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The humil iati on of watchi ng as an ene my devastated th e Italian coun tryside was deeply felt. Most Romans of all social classes con tin ued to believe th at bo ld action was the proper way to fight, desiri ng open battle, where Roman courage wou ld prove victorious as it had so often in the past . Fabius' un po pularity grew, and in an utt erly unprecedented move, Minucius was voted eq ual power with the dictator. The Master of Horse took over ha lf th e army, but was soon lured into battle by Hannibal, ambushe d and badl y maul ed .

Every five years a census was carried ou t of all Roman citizens, listing their property. Soldiers were expected to provi de their own weapons and equipment, th erefore a man's census rating dete rmined no t only whether or not he was eligible to serve, but also in what capa city. The majority of Roman soldie rs owned small farms, since land was the main basis of wealth . As citizens they were legally obliged to serve for up to sixteen years or campaigns, but until the Punic Wars such prolonged military service was extremely un usual.

However, we should not exaggerate the difference, since Punic commanders were drawn from the ranks of the same aristocratic families who dominated politics. Military appointments appear to have owed more to wealth and influence than impartial assessment of military ability. Some Carth agin ian generals were very able men, but, in spite of their longer commands, the majority did not prove the mselves markedly superior to their Roman counterparts. We do not have a detailed breakdown of Hannibal's army at the beginning of the expedition to Italy.

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