Madonna of the Seven Hills: A Novel of the Borgias

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Crown/Archetype, Jan 18, 2011 - Fiction - 320 pages
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The most beautiful woman in Rome, Lucrezia Borgia, was born into a family—and a destiny—she could not hope to escape . . .

Fifteenth-century Rome: The Borgia family is on the rise. Lucrezia’s father, Pope Alexander VI, places his illegitimate daughter and her only brothers, Cesare, Giovanni, and Goffredo, in the jeweled splendor—and scandal—of his court. From the Pope’s affairs with adolescent girls to Cesare’s dangerous jealousy of anyone who inspires Lucrezia’s affections to the ominous birth of a child conceived in secret, no Borgia can elude infamy.

Young Lucrezia gradually accepts her fate as she comes to terms with the delicate nature of her relationships with her father and brothers. The unbreakable bond she shares with them both exhilarates and terrifies her as her innocence begins to fade. Soon she will understand that her family’s love pales next to their quest for power and that she herself is the greatest tool in their political arsenal.
From the inimitable pen of Jean Plaidy, this family’s epic legend is replete
with passion, intrigue, and murder—and it’s only the beginning.

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User Review  - MarysGirl - LibraryThing

I got this and the sequel as a bargain ebook, but I'm not that thrilled with the writing or the story. There is something flat and one-dimensional about the characters. Also knowing the basic history ... Read full review

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This is the first Jean Plaidy book I've ever read that did not concern itself with a Queen of England. I was expecting the reading of it to be a stranger experience. But Jean Plaidy is always Jean ... Read full review

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About the author (2011)

JEAN PLAIDY is the pen name of the prolific English author Eleanor Hibbert, also known as Victoria Holt. More than fourteen million copies of her books have been sold worldwide. Madonna of the Seven Hills is the first book in her two-book series of the Borgias. Look for the second novel, Light on Lucrezia, wherever books are sold.

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