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  - PhilSyphe - LibraryThing

The novel opens just before Lucrezia’s birth in 1480 and continues through to 1498. The core of the story is her relationship with her father and two of her brothers, and of those brothers’ mutual ... Read full review

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User Review  - tina1969 - LibraryThing

Lucrezia Borgia, daughter of Pope Alexander VI, and sister of Cesare and Giovanni, are all part of a feared family. This account is of the early life of Lucrezia as she matures into a young woman ... 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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