BORGIAS: The Hidden History

BORGIAS: The Hidden History

G. J. MEYER    Book Number: 89713    Product format: Paperback

Apologies if stickered and has small remainder mark, we could not resist importing from the US this important book. The mention of the Borgia family conjures up images of serpentine plots, assassination and sexual debauchery. Meyer convincingly looks past this mythology to present a more nuanced portrait. In the glorious and blood-drenched pageant known to us as the Italian Renaissance, the Borgias held centre stage. History claims that Rodrigo Borgia bought the papal crown and prostituted the Roman church, that Cesare Borgia, after becoming a teenage cardinal, turned into the most treacherous cutthroat of a violent time, and that Lucrezia Borgia, although beautiful, was shockingly immoral. But do they deserve this notorious reputation? Meyer shines a light on the brilliant circles in which the family moved and the thrilling era they helped to shape, a time of wars and political convulsions that reverberate to the present day. Includes family trees, timelines and map and each part covers one family member - Alonso, a most improbable pope, Rodrigo and the poisoned chalice, Alexander the best man for the job and Cesare who was longing for greatness and renowned for settling scores. With notes and bibliography and eight pages of colour photos. Off mint condition paperback, 480pp.
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ISBN 9780345526922
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