Captain Gianpaolo Baglioni, hereditary master of Perugia, is no good at languishing. Like a true Renaissance Man he is as much at home with a pen as with word and he improves his time until execution by writing his autobiography. Uncommitted rather than unprincipled, Baglioni's career as a commanding soldier-for-hire was woven into the tapestry of Borgia-Medici power grabs. The color of the 16th century has been captured in the rise and fall of Baglioni -- bored but dutiful husband, responsible father, concerned lover and ambitious mercenary. The politics and ideology of Baglioni's world were always somewhere under the cloak of the Church militant and the biggest gamble for the biggest stakes involved double dealing the ruling Pope. When Baglioni lost that fine Italian hand, prison and torture were the loser's portion. Without excess, the author has made vivid a small passage in history. A sequel is planned.