Tag Archive: Verona

Modern forensics solve 700-year-old murder mystery of Cangrande I della Scala

Cangrande I della Scala

The contents of the bowels of an Italian medieval warlord have revealed his nefarious cause of death nearly 700 years later. It’s commonly accepted that life expectancy in the Middle Ages was pretty low, hovering around the early 30s — mainly because of the hazards of childhood. If a person made it to adulthood, the…

Relating to “Juliet”: Author dug into Italian history to unearth 1300s’ family feuds

Writer Anne Fortier grew up in Denmark and dreamed of Italy. This wasn’t the stuff of far-fetched fantasy; her mother had once worked in Verona and took her daughter there on regular visits. Fortier took a few minutes while in Denver to talk about Shakespeare, Italy and how her novel “Juliet” came to be. The…