In some ways the Deadly Sisterhood confirms many of the truisms about the Renaissance, in regards to politic Princes and Popes, the decadence of the courts, the great art and the obsession with power and wealth. At other times however Leonie Frieda's books highlights the subtlties and contradictions of the age; how the powerful princes could be ruled by the women behind them, how the supposedly enlightened were often sadistic and cruel and how weak women could become strong and conversely how strong women could fall from grace. It is also clear that there was little love loss and sorority between the sisterhood of the period. This book jumps around quite a bit and follows a number of characters so you need to concentrate when reading it. The author is not afraid to be critical of her subjects, at the same time she clearly sympathises and admires some of her heroines and anti-heroines. Well written and well researched.