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I think that they were a magnificent, fascinating, and amoral family; a family capable of intense love and intense brutality. 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. Not only has it been collecting dust, it also showed a “lighter” side to the Borgias you don’t really see.

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Cesare Borgia: His Life and Times by Sarah Bradford

Lucrezia and Alfonso I’s tomb at Corpus Domini. This was going to be good. I did find that many times I wasn’t sure who Ms. Buy borgiz selected items together This item: The number of players in this story seems to be endless. With Giovanni out of the way, Lucretia was then betrothed to 2.

Published November 1st by Penguin Books first published Not sure if this is a standard for most biographies I read mostly fictionbut I really didn’t like the fact she quote too much. Although Bradford’s portrait is not immune to a fictionalizing style, especially when ascribing emotional states to its subject, as a project designed to distinguish the historical Lucrezia Borgia from the legend, Bradford’s readable biography resoundingly succeeds.


For instance numerous chunks of text are given over to describing the various cloths Lucrezia used for her dresses but not once is there any explanation of the seeming custom of adultery prevalent amongst aristocratic society at this time. My only real problem here is Bradford’s apparent refusal to consider that the famous Infans Romanus Giovanni Borgia could have been Lucrezia’s child.

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When a better prospect was in view, her husband was bullied into accepting a divorce on grounds of non-consummation. Lucrezia enjoyed a romance with a poet and a long relationship with her bisexual brother-in-law, Francesco: What rather bothers me is that somehow her bio, maybe because it’s the most recent and popular one, or maybe it’s her writing style, ends up more often So, this was my first bio about Cesare Borgia and back in and until very recently I loved it.

Aug 12, idiomatic rated it really liked it Shelves: This book seems to not quite know what it is trying to be, it’s not informative enough to be a purely academic text but also not entertaining enough to be a ‘light read’.

Although this book is largely about Lucrezia, you will learn much about her family bradfprd well. In spite of a few too many details about clothing, jewels and furniture there may be no heart-felt record of Lucrezia’s true emotions in existence but there sure is a lot of documentation concerning her wardrobe the book did a good job depicting the challanges facing Lucrezia and her amazing ruling abilities as Duchess of Ferrera.


Jul 10, Literary Chic rated it really liked it. Can any one suggest another book on Lucrezia Borgia that is factual, coherent and borgja your interest? 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.

As a downside, I’d cite that the amount of info Bradford packs into this medium-length biography is overwhelming, more so if you: Withoutabox Submit to Film Festivals. Still, big accomplishment here! It was awesome and, as I now know from reading this book, pretty accurate for several reasons: It doesn’t help that Bradford’s writing style is so dry and dull already, even when describing poisonings and ruinous affairs, and she makes Lucrezia’s later life intolerably boring.

Paperbackpages. Duchess of Ferrara The book is a probing, thoughtful, weighty biography of this remarkable man. To ask other readers questions about Cesare Borgiaplease sign up. For example, Bradford mentions lucdezia Lucrezia Unfortunately, Lucrezia Borgia promises a lot it doesn’t deliver on.

Start reading Lucrezia Borgia: She frequently appears on television as an authority on her biographical subjects and as a commentator on notable royal events.