The Borgias

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Penguin Group USA, 1981 - Biography & Autobiography - 232 pages
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The name Borgia is synonymous with the political corruption, greed, incest, and murder that was rife in Renaissance Italy. Rodrigo Borgia-Pope Alexander VI-the first man to have clearly bought himself the papacy, and two of his infamous illegitimate children-Cesare and Lucrezia-were the three central figures of the Borgia dynasty, notorious for seizing power, wealth, land, and titles through bribery, marriage, and murder. Marion Johnson plots the dynasty's dramatic rise from its beginnings in Spain to its occupation of the highest position in Renaissance society, examining how far the myth of the Borgias is borne out by historical facts. Behind the gaudy horrors, she concludes, lie people of great talent and achievement, possessors, even, of moderate virtues.

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User Review  - Monica Marie - Goodreads

The book's description is somewhat misleading. The author focused on the criminal and amoral activities of Rodrigo (Pope Alexander VI), Cesare and Lucrezia Borgia, highlighting the equally shameful ... Read full review

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User Review  - Antonio Nunez - Goodreads

As Harry Lime (Orson Wells) remarked in "The Third Man" "in Italy for 30 years under the Borgias they had warfare, terror, murder, and bloodshed, but they produced Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, and ... Read full review

Contents

BORGIA BEGINNINGS THE ROAD TO ROME
7
CALIXTUS III FOUNDER OF THE BORGIA FORTUNES
27
CARDINAL RODRIGO THE BORGIA DYNAST
57
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Marion Johnson made her home in Rome while working for the British Foreign Office, where she discovered the Borgias legend.

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