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An "utterly charming"(The Observer) look at the white Indian elephant who became the darling of Pope Leo X and Renaissance Europe. In 1514, Rome, the Eternal City, was the center of the Chrisitian world and home and workshop to Raphael, Leonardo, and Michelangelo. It was also the city of Pope Leo X, the pleasure-loving pontiff whose court was infamous for its excess, frivolity and impropriety, as well as for its newly-arrived white elephant Hanno. Hanno became a star feature in processions and festivals, and the subject of countless paintings, sculptures and fountains. In this fascinating glimpse at a forgotten sidenote to history, Silvio A. Bedini gives us an elephant's-back view of early modern Europe and the inner workings of the Vatican at the height of its influence. Charmingly written with dozens of accompanying photographs and illustrations, The Pope's Elephant will delight readers just as Hanno delighted the people of Rome five centuries ago."A work of extraordinary scholarship. . . . Crisply written and amply illustrated, it shines a bright light on two short lives, that of Leo and Hanno, and that of the age they embodied."-- The Literary Review

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Alison Woolridge
I was completely captivated by this book's spellbinding prose and lush world-building. The richly drawn characters felt like old friends, and their journeys tugged at my heartstrings. The narrative was beautifully paced, balancing moments of tenderness with heart-pounding action. This is a book that will stay with me forever, its messages and imagery etched into my soul.
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Eloise Bailey
I was completely absorbed in this book from start to finish. The author's attention to detail and ability to evoke emotions were astounding. The plot twists took me by surprise, keeping me on the edge of my seat. The beautifully written relationships between characters left a lasting impression. I'm already looking forward to rereading this masterpiece.
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Violet Ryan
What a breathtaking journey! The author's storytelling skills transported me to a world of magic and wonder. The character development was superb, and I felt deeply invested in their lives. The intricate plot kept me guessing until the end, and the themes explored left a profound impact on me. An exceptional and unforgettable read.

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