Lucrezia Borgia: Life, Love, and Death in Renaissance Italy

Penguin, 1 nov. 2005 - 448 pages
The very name Lucrezia Borgia conjures up everything that was sinister and corrupt about the Renaissance—incest, political assassination, papal sexual abuse, poisonous intrigue, unscrupulous power grabs. Yet, as bestselling biographer Sarah Bradford reveals in this breathtaking new portrait, the truth is far more fascinating than the myth. Neither a vicious monster nor a seductive pawn, Lucrezia Borgia was a shrewd, determined woman who used her beauty and intelligence to secure a key role in the political struggles of her day.

Drawing from a trove of contemporary documents and fascinating firsthand accounts, Bradford brings to life the art, the pageantry, and the dangerous politics of the Renaissance world Lucrezia Borgia helped to create.


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Avis d'utilisateur  - bcrowl399 - LibraryThing

I have no doubt this book is well researched. However, the writing style left much to be desired. Many paragraphs were composed of lists of family members and their relationships to each other. There wasn't enough description of events and the period to keep me interested. Consulter l'avis complet

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You can’t get very deep into a history of the Borgia family without thinking “Mario Puzo should have written this book.” (Apparently Puzo thought so, too, because he was working on a Borgia novel when ... Consulter l'avis complet

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The Heavens Conspire
The Dark Marquis
Duchess of Ferrara
The Congiura
Horrors and Tears
The Years of War 1509 12
Lucrezia Triumphant
The Last Year of Tranquillity

Turning Point
Farewell to Rome
PART TWO Duchess of Ferrara 1502 19
The Road to Ferrara
A New Life
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Sarah Bradford is a historian and biographer. Her previous books include Cesare Borgia, Disraeli, Princess Grace, George VI, Splendours and Miseries: A Life of SacheverellSitwell, Elizabeth: A Biography of Her Majesty the Queen, America’s Queen: The Life of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, and Lucrezia Borgia.

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