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The original footballers' wives - but with brains and a genuine sense of style
on 21 November 2012
I loved Leona Frieda's Catherine De Medici biography so I was duly looking forward to this. The Deadly Sisterhood is a composite biography so doesn't have the same focus as Catherine, but many of the aspects which made the author's first book enjoyable are apparent in this follow-up. There is the interest in character, as well as history, and the book is conscious of telling a story (albeit with the cast of characters on show means the narrative can get complicated at times). Some of the women like Caterina Sforza and Lucrezia Borgia are stronger than others, but each life has its distinctiveness and colour. One finds oneself both attracted to and appalled by the women and the age. The Deadly Sisterhood were the original footballers' wives - but with brains and a genuine sense of style.