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Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. Part three in particular explores the various paces; something that feels hurried in chapter 15 is better explained in chapter 16 and the same events are explored from various points of view, giving the reader a very even picture of goings on.

Forbidden attraction between siblings? Try the Kindle edition and experience these great reading features: I don’t know how such intrigue, sex and extreme machinations from the Borgias could be made static and boring, but that is how I found this historical fiction novel.

The problem may be that Dunant has called this as a novel but it reads much more like a history. LitFlash The eBooks you want at the lowest prices.

Or Vanozza, that would be a story to tell. Get fast, free shipping with Amazon Prime. It’s testament to the quality of the storytelling that Dunant is able to splice the historical and political elements into the human without either feeling tokenistic.

I’m usually okay when historical fiction writers take liberties, as long as those liberties aren’t completely outlandish and mentioned in an author’s note. This intellectually satisfying historical saga, which offers blood and beauty certainly, but brains too, is surely the best thing she has done to date. I cannot remember the last time that I read something that depicts so vividly the frightening contrast between the superficial courtly interplay and the political mechanisations going on beneath the surface.


Any word on the next book in this series? I thought this was an appropriate novel to read since I just returned from a trip to Rome and I have been eager to learn more about the Borgias!!!

I admittedly will do this for any interesting looking books about European royals or powerful families, especially those related to either the Tudors or the Borgias.

Cesare is, of course, the ultimate in jaunty evil.

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They are rumoured to have poisoned their enemies, murdered their rivals, and to have loved each other a little too much… but how much of this really happened? And then, of course, you can say so many things about the present I hope my answers above have shown that.

The Phantom Tree, Nicola Cornick. If the Borgias are to triumph, this charismatic, consummate politician with a huge appetite for life, women, and power must use papacy and family—in particular, his eldest son, Cesare, and his daughter Lucrezia—in order to succeed.

The Borgias are arguably the most intriguing and ruthless family in all of history, and Dunant brings them ravishingly, bristlingly to life. East Dane Designer Men’s Fashion.

Ships from and sold by Brockett Designs. Acclaimed novelist of the Italian Renaissance Sarah Dunant takes on the era’s most infamous family – the Borgias.

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So you can trace slander against the Borgias emerging from one conversation and then sliding like slime into the public domain. If you are looking for a book about the Borgias that reads like an episode of Showtime’s The Borgias, steer clear of this book. If so, how accurate do you think our image of the Borgia family is today? The story of the Borgia Pope is not long – Roderigo Borgia, Alexander VI, was the Head of the Church for barely a decade – but an enormous amount of activity, social, political and sexual was crammed into that period.

She sets up a resonant dynamic between the political — the dangerous machinations of the papal conclave – and the domestic. Stay in Touch Sign up. As for Lucrezia, she is part of the price Borgia paid for his Papacy – though only 12, she must wed to shore up an uneasy alliance with the powerful Milanese Sforza family. Aug 02, Laura rated it it was ok Shelves: So I was rather curious and hopeful to get another glimpse of the Borgias because they are an interesting and fractious bunch, with tons of craziness within their family circle and outside of it.


Somehow I never felt the urge to get back to it, which baffled me because I’ve always liked Dunant’s writing.

Also, some of the exposition brauty essentially straight history that sounded almost as if Dunant paraphrased it a biography. In the epilogue it is revealed that Sarah Dunant anf volumes of histories of the Borgia period, with multiple versions and opinions of the same events. Dunant’s book is filled with specific facts, woven into the story of the Borgias, but for me it is just a well-written piece that has failed to satisfy me in taking me deeper into the understandings of this era.

What about attitudes regarding fidelity, sex and love? Caterina Sforza gurl, let’s do this! Sarah Dunant has trained as a historian and says that it is very important for her to get the facts right for the story to work.

Much of our sympathy is focused on Lucrezia, who, although adored and petted by her father and elder brother, Cesare, soon finds that her main use is in the marriage market.

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Dunant does a fantastic job making you root for the evil Borgias! I really, really liked it.

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