Monday 4 March 2013

The Borgias: The Hidden History by G. J. Meyer

Title: The Borgias: The Hidden History
Author: G. J. Meyer
Publisher: Bantam
Publication Date: 2nd April 2013
Pages: 512
Format: E-Book - EPUB
Genre: History
Source: ARC via NetGalley

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Forget everything you think you know about the most infamous family of the Italian Renaissance-here in every colorful detail is the real story of the Borgias and their indelible, tumultuous world, written by the gifted author of the acclaimed A World Undone and The Tudors and timed to coincide with the upcoming new season of the celebrated Showtime series, The Borgias.

Meet Rodrigo Borgia-Pope Alexander VI; Cesare Borgia-the reputed model for Machiavelli's The Prince; Lucrezia; and Juan-the members of one of the most notorious families in European history. Epic in scope and set against the beautifully rendered backdrop of Renaissance Italy, The Borgias is a thrilling new depiction of these celebrated personalities and an era unsurpassed in beauty, terror, and intrigue.
(Goodreads Synopsis)

Naturally, I have heard all the black reporting about the Borgias before and it is refreshing to find a book that casts doubt on many of those tales.

This is a very readable and interesting book that looks at the rise and fall of the Borgia family and discredits many of the stories that were spread about them after their deaths. This book remains a fascinating read from start to finish and never becomes dull or monotonous.

Anyone interested in the great families of Renaissance Italy should definitely check out this book.

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