In 1548, the notorious Lorenzino de' Medici was killed in Venice in revenge for murdering his cousin the Duke of Florence in 1537. The book reconstructs the events surrounding the Medici, the factions, the loyalists and republican exiles, and reveals that behind the vengeance was Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor, the victim's ally and father-in-law.-- From jacket and page 179.
Part I. The eleven year exile Death in Florence After the crime Mirandola and the apologia In the shadow of the crescent Between Lyons, Paris and Saintes Among the plots of the exiles Life in Venice Between pope and emperor Twilight Part II. Anatomy of a murder License to kill Death plots The turncoat killer The presumed culprit A failed trap Death in Venice Two men in flight The emperor's revenge Epilogue.
Includes bibliographical references (pages 267-288) and index.