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The Borgias and Their Enemies: 1431-1519 by…

The Borgias and Their Enemies: 1431-1519 (2009)

by Christopher Hibbert

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The name Borgia is synonymous with the corruption, nepotism, and greed that were rife in Renaissance Italy. The powerful, voracious Rodrigo Borgia, better known to history as Pope Alexander VI, was the central figure of the dynasty. Two of his seven papal offspring also rose to power and fame--Lucrezia Borgia, his daughter, whose husband was famously murdered by her brother, and that brother, Cesare, who served as the model for Machiavelli's The Prince. Notorious for seizing power, wealth, land, and titles through bribery, marriage, and murder, the dynasty's dramatic rise from its Spanish roots to its occupation of the highest position in Renaissance society forms a gripping tale. Erudite, witty, and insightful, Hibbert removes the layers of myth around the Borgia family and creates a portrait alive with his sense of character and place.--From publisher description.… (more)
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Read this quick history to see how fictionalized the (albeit entertaining) Showtime series really is. ( )
  dasam | Jun 21, 2018 |
I read Hibbert's book on the Medici family. This was equally informative and fascinating. What a wild and strange period this was in Europe. In some ways, it was very gracious and refined, but in so many other ways it was violent, nasty, depraved and cruel. It was certainly never short on drama. ( )
  rosiezbanks | Aug 7, 2017 |
Fascinating era with a fascinating cast of characters. The author is good at story-telling with historical accuracy. ( )
  bness2 | May 23, 2017 |
Great subject matter handled a little too matter-of-factly.

Full of colorful characters, fascinating intrigue and skull-duggery, and the selection of events and pacing are both fine. I just felt, as a popular history, this could have been more lively and interesting; perhaps more interpretation or specualtion on the Borgia figures would have brought them them more to life. ( )
  JackMassa | Nov 23, 2016 |
I did enjoy this, but I feel that I need to read more on the subject before I can tell if this was definitive. ( )
  sscarllet | Nov 20, 2014 |
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Maligned beyond truth,
A family vilified,
For being Spanish.

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