Life as Carola Paperback – 9 Dec 1993
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The book paints a vivid and authentic portrait of life in 16th Century Italy at the birth of the Renaissance and provides incisive insights into the culture and life within and between the different social classes. We witness the drunkenness of the tavern, the ravages of the plague and smallpox, the dangers of war and the risks and vicissitudes of maritime life. The most moving and powerful incidents in the book are the harrowing descriptions of the oppressive and cruel practices of the Roman Church at a time when it held full sway over the minds and bodies of its followers. Joan Grant describes an institution utterly divorced from genuine religion, dogmatic, cruel and despotic, which will stop at nothing to maintain its power and influence over the masses it controls through fear, guilt, greed and shame, but does nothing to enlighten.
In no other book does the author so clearly and compellingly reveal the heights and depths of human nature. She does this with great empathy and understanding through her vivid depictions of the thoughts, feelings and actions of a vast range of different characters ranging from the good, through the not-so-good to the irremediably evil.Read more ›