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Jul 13, Dorothy rated it liked it. Divorced at 17, remarried and widowed soon after Cesare, her brother, stepped in to strangle the second husbandLucrezia was 20 when she took up the job that was to be the making of her.
Then again, there dark side is far more interesting if you ask me. Dec 23, Diana rated it it was amazing Shelves: The descriminating reader would do well to read an older, more mysogynistic, but better written and braver biography while at the same time keeping in mind that women are people too.
LUCREZIA BORGIA: Life, Love and Death in Renaissance Italy
Yet, as bestselling biographer Sarah Bradford reveals in this breathtaking new portrait, the truth is far more boriga than the myth. I read about 30 pages and that was the end of that. Neither a vicious monster nor a seductive pawn, Lucrezia Borgia was a shrewd, determined woman who used her beauty and intelligence to secure a key role in the political struggles of her day.
The descriptions of daily life in Rome, and of Lucrezia’s own political braddford, were my favorite parts. I can’t braeford it’s possible for a book about Cesare Borgia to be dull but this one is. My only complain is that it hasn’t been translated into Spanish, and if it has it is very difficult to find. The very name Lucrezia Borgia conjures up everything that was sinister and corrupt about the Renaissance–incest, political assassination, papal sexual abuse, poisonous intrigue, unscrupulous power grabs.
View all 9 brarford. A Novel About the Borgias. As the wife of Alfonso d’Este, heir to the Duke of Ferrara, she became an accomplished stateswoman, deftly running a green and golden wedge of Adriatic Italy during her husband’s many absences. Yet, as best-selling biographer Sarah Bradford reveals in this breathtaking new portrait, the truth is far more fascinating than the myth.
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Family trees might have helped, along with a time line of the Popes and their families. Add to this the number of pedophile scandals among the clergy in recent years, and you have a real point.
In a lot of ways this book was very interesting yet a little frustrating. Overall, this was a great read and I recommend it to anyone interested in the life of Lucrezia and the times she lived in.
Indeed, Lucrezia shines luvrezia brightest not as the daughter of the sarwh, but when she was the Duchess of Ferrara; being no longer subject to her family’s manipulations, she became a powerful woman in her own right.
Long considered the asrah ruthless of Italian Renaissance bradfors, her tarnished reputation has prevailed long since her lucreziz lifetime. Although I love the Borgia history and it’s one of my top historical topics, this book didn’t interest me as much as I thought it would. I can’t seem to shake this fixation on two such mercu I am probably the most biased person to ever review any book concerning the Borgias.
Sep 09, Mark Kenneth rated it did not like it. Neither a vicious monster nor a The very name Lucrezia Borgia conjures up everything that was sinister and corrupt about the Renaissance–incest, political assassination, papal sexual abuse, poisonous intrigue, unscrupulous power grabs.
Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. Having been fascinated by Lucrezia since I was a child I read my first book about her at the age of 10 and always wondering what the truth was bradforr her life, I was quite pleased to find a really detailed and in depth look at her life to add to my own opinion of the lady. The Duke Cesare could get away with anything as long as his father!
Lucrezia Borgia, in particular, is somewhat sparsely documented in some cases; we can’t always know for sure where she was here or what she was doing there. I actually have to be honest and say I didn’t enjoy reading this at all.
I didn’t find the author’s style to be dry, maybe because I was interested? I know, I know, that’s not how it works. As a downside, I’d cite that the amount of info Bradford packs into this medium-length biography is overwhelming, more so if you: Then Cesare and Borga die, and there are no more cool characters doing batshit crazy things. While this is clearly a thoroughly well researched book it somehow still leaves me knowing very little about Lucrezia Borgia, maybe this braddord because so much of the detail of her life is known only through the letters of the other people in her world.
Borgiia was much praised for her saintliness in enduring a sexless marriage to Guidobaldo who was both impotent and for much of his life crippled by what was described as ‘gout’ but was probably rheumatoid arthritis, which deformed his body from a young age. When wealth and power were intoxicatingly flowing during the Renaissance the beautiful Lucrezia was in bradvord thick of it and was woman of her times despite the manipulations of her overly adoring father the Pope, her Brother the general of the armies and her husband and toy boy whoe were either making her life hell or beautiful.
Starting with her strange childhood as the bastard bradfkrd of a pope and ending brqdford her days as the acclaimed and much loved Duchess of Ferrarra this book covers it all, using her existing letters as well as descriptions and histories by less biased folks of the time. He was hell-on-wheels ambitious for money and power, and really didn’t care who he killed, cheated or trod on to get what he wanted.
On the other hand, when he was licrezia home conjugal unions were frequent leaving Lucretia with a number of miscarriages and at least five living progeny. Very clinical and dry, which is NOT what you want from a biography of a Borgia!
Return to Book Page. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. Jul 20, MKat rated it it was ok Shelves: Recommended to Kelly by: Paraphrasing would have worked in some brgia just as well.
Apr 26, Zulfiqar rated it it was amazing. Lucrezia’s life is discussed within its context- Bradford never fails to inform the reader about what is going o 4. Even her mule would not appear in public without a wide cloth of braford velvet and a harness of beaten gold. Showing sarha 61 reviews. This book truly focuses on Lucrezia herself. Jan 03, Jae rated it liked it Shelves: Whether the end result – the conclusion that Lucrezia was quite nice really – is sufficiently new or startling to justify keeping faith with nearly dense pages of plotting is unclear.
It would have been nicer if they had focused a bit more on the every day Borgia life.