The Borgias and Their Enemies: 1431-1519

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2008 - Biography & Autobiography - 328 pages
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The first major biography of the Borgias in thirty years, Christopher Hibbert's latest history brings the family and the world they lived in--the glittering Rome of the Italian Renaissance--to life.

The name Borgia is synonymous with the corruption, nepotism, and greed that were rife in Renaissance Italy. The powerful, voracious Rodrigo Borgia, better known to history as Pope Alexander VI, was the central figure of the dynasty. Two of his seven papal offspring also rose to power and fame--Lucrezia Borgia, his daughter, whose husband was famously murdered by her brother, and that brother, Cesare, who served as the model for Niccolò Machiavelli'sThe Prince. Notorious for seizing power, wealth, land, and titles through bribery, marriage, and murder, the dynasty's dramatic rise from its Spanish roots to its occupation of the highest position in Renaissance society forms a gripping tale.

Erudite, witty, and always insightful, Hibbert removes the layers of myth around the Borgia family and creates a portrait alive with his superb sense of character and place.

 

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In three generations, the Borgia family earned a notoriety that shows no sign of waning after 500 years. Popular and prolific historian Hibbert (The Days of the French Revolution) follows Spaniard ... Read full review

Contents

The Crumbling City
1
Elections and Celebrations
10
A Man of Endless Virility
20
Servant of the Servant of God
36
Marriages and Alliances
43
The French in Rome
54
The Conquest of Naples
74
The Borgia Bull
83
Duke of the Romagna
168
The Naples Campaign
179
The Duke and the Borgia Girl
184
Frolics and Festivities
198
The New Bride
205
Castles and Condottieri
221
The Death of the Pope
244
Conclaves
254

Father and Children
92
The Dominican Friar
99
Murder
105
Another Husband for Lucrezia
111
The Unwanted Cardinals Hat
121
Cesares French Bride
128
Conquests
139
Jubilee
153
Cesare at Bay
264
Duchess of Ferrara
274
The End of the Affair
290
The Duchess
302
Saints and Sinners
311
Bibligraphy
315
Index
321
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Christopher Hibbert has written more than fifty acclaimed books, including The Rise and Fall of the House of Medici and Rome: The Biography of a City. A leading popular historian whose works reflect meticulous scholarship, he is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. He is married with three children and lives in Oxfordshire.

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