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Paul Strathern

Biography

Paul Strathern was born in London, and studied at Trinity College, Dublin, after which he served in the Merchant Navy over a period of two years. He then lived on a Greek island. In 1966 he travelled overland to India and the Himalayas. His novel A Season in Abyssinia won a Somerset Maugham Award in 1972.

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He has written numerous books on science, philosophy, history, literature and economics, including his series Writers in 90 MinutesPhilosophers in 90 Minutes and Scientists in 90 Minutes.  Other books include The Medici: Godfathers of the RenaissanceMendeleyev’s Dream: The Quest for the Elements, Dr Strangelove’s Game: A Brief History of Economic Genius, Napoleon in Egypt, and The Artist, The Philosopher and the Warrior which examines the intersecting lives of three of Italy’s most influential Renaissance figures – Leonardo da Vinci, Niccolo Machiavelli and Cesare Borgia.

Death in Florence, is the story of the battle for man’s soul and the clash between secular capitalist society and religious fundamentalism in 15th century Italy.

Borgias is an elegant, sweeping and immaculately researched account of the Borgias family whose name has echoed down the centuries.

Rise and Fall charts the history of the world through it’s ten greatest empires, from the Akkadian Empire to modern-day America.

Books

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Articles

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Machiavelli’s Shirt

Machiavelli’s Shirt

‘And what rough beast, its hour come round at last, Slouches towards Bethlehem to be born?’ W B Yeats, The Second Coming. ‘How could I possibly tell you what the sermon was about? You know that I never listen to such things.’ Machiavelli, in a letter to his friend, Francesco Vettori. The ...

Author Interviews

Paul Strathern, interviewed by Deborah Kalb.

Paul Strathern, interviewed by Deborah Kalb.

What role did Florence play at the end of the 15th century, and what were some of the factors that led to its prominence?At the end of 15th century Florence had become the epicentre of the Renaissance. This was one of the great cultural resurgences of European history, which took place after almost a millennium of the Medieval ...