The Vatican Princess

The Vatican Princess

A Novel of Lucrezia Borgia

Book - 2016
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"Glamorous and predatory, the Borgias became Italy's most ruthless and powerful family, electrifying and terrorizing their 15th-century Renaissance world. To this day, Lucrezia Borgia is known as one of history's most notorious villainesses, accused of incest and luring men to doom with her arsenal of poison. International bestselling author C.W. Gortner's new novel delves beyond the myth to depict Lucrezia in her own voice, from her pampered childhood in the palaces of Rome to her ill-fated, scandalous arranged marriages and complex relationship with her adored father and her rival brothers--brutal Juan and enigmatic Cesare. This is the dramatic, untold story of a papal princess who came of age in an era of savage intrigue and unparalleled splendor, and whose courage led her to overcome the fate imposed on her by her Borgia blood"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, [2016]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780345533975
Characteristics: 382 pages : map ; 25 cm
Call Number: GORTNER, C


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Sep 23, 2018

The reason I picked up this book is that I was planning to visit the Palace and gardens of D’Este in Tivoli near Rome. He was in fact her third husband , her first marriage having been annulled and her second husband Alfonso of Naples assassinated. This book gave me some insight on the Borgias and the corruption of her Father Rodrigo Borgia who became Pope and her brothers Juan and Cesare. In the afterword,the author explains clearly that a lot of historical and factual information is not available on this family. Nonetheless, I did learn a great deal about this period of Rome and Italy and that what Lucrezia was accused of (manipulative, incestuous) has been greatly exaggerated.

Feb 01, 2017

The TV series about the Borgias calls them the "original crime family" with cause. The story could almost tell itself, and in this case, almost does...

Jun 17, 2016

Excellent historical novel about the Borgia family in the late 15th century. I was intrigued by all the power the Pope had at that time and how family was used as political advantage. I couldn't put the book down.

Cmlibrary_MDodds Mar 17, 2016

This is a very well written book. It's a great read if you don't know anything about the Borgias and Pope Alexander VI; it's fiction, but very true to facts.


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