The Tigress of Forlì: The Remarkable Story of Caterina Riario Sforza de’ Medici. Harcourt Mifflin Houghton October 20, 2011.
Caterina Riario Sforza once said, "If I were to write the story of my life, I would shock the world.” In The Tigress of Forlì, Elizabeth Lev does just that. She paints the life of the beautiful warrior with hair the color of autumn leaves who inspired all of Europe with the iron will she used to rule Italy after her husband’s assassination, protecting her possessions and her state while acting as Regent for her eldest son, Ottaviano. The daughter of the Duke of Milan, the denizen of a sparkling papal court in Renaissance Rome, she ruled as countess of Imola and Forli for eleven years. This sparkling biography tells the gripping story of a young woman who had to fend off her husband’s assassins, the French army, and even the infamous Cesare Borgia. It’s a book about one woman’s passion, conquest, bravery, and strength, and it’s all true.
Roman Pilgrimage: The Station Churches (with George Weigel), New York: Basic Books, 2013.
The annual Lenten pilgrimage to dozens of Rome’s most striking churches is a sacred tradition dating back almost two millennia, to the earliest days of Christianity. Along this historic spiritual pathway, today’s pilgrims confront the mysteries of the Christian faith through a program of biblical and early Christian readings amplified by some of the greatest art and architecture of western civilization. In Roman Pilgrimage, art historian Elizabeth Lev teamed up with papal biographer George Weigel, and his son, photographer Stephen Weigel and together they lead readers through this unique religious and aesthetic journey with magnificent photographs and revealing commentaries on the pilgrimage’s liturgies, art, and architecture.
A Body for Glory: Theology of the Body in the Papal Collections (with Fr. Jose Granados), Vatican City: LEV, 2014.
When wishing to narrate the marriage between the Theology of the Body and the Papal art collections, the Vatican Museum commissioned two leading experts—Elizabeth Lev and Fr. José Granados—to tell the story. The result is this beautiful work, published in seven languages and punctuated by splendid color images, with valuable details comparing the many works cited in the text. Assisted by the teachings of John Paul II, the authors explore the dynamic connection between Art and Theology, especially regarding the mystery of the human body and its relationship with the spirit. The volume retraces and narrates the habits and customs of ancient peoples, religious cults and artistic ideals, culminating in the Christian understanding of the body. Especially through Michelangelo and the Sistine Chapel, readers are led from the creation of man to the universal judgment, and beyond, to the body in glory.