In what way? (Asked out of genuine interest!). I can't help but notice that the imagery is more than reminiscent of a more recent country to the north of Italy
Back-stabbing, short term alliances, propaganda, vendetta's, complex webs of favours, alliances and grudges, social climbing, etc. Really interesting period to read about, wouldn't want to live then. Wasn't refering to the landscape itself, just the politics.