Caroline P. Murphy is a cultural historian and biographer, who specialises in early modern Europe, particularly Italy. Born in 1969, she grew up in Reading and studied art history at University College London, earning a BA and PhD. Her first book, Lavinia Fontana; A Painter and Her Patrons was published in 2003 (Yale University Press). The Pope's Daughter was published in 2005 by Faber in the UK, Oxford University Press in the USA, and translated into Italian, Dutch and Hungarian. Isabella de' Medici; The Glorious Life and Tragic Death of a Renaissance Princess was published by Faber and OUP in 2008. Caroline has taught and lectured in many parts of Europe and the USA, and held fellowships from institutions including Villa I Tatti, Harvard University's Center for Renaissance Studies, the John Paul Getty Foundation and the National Gallery of Art, Washington DC. She is based in Cambridge, Massachusetts.