Cesare Borgia: His Life and Times
Almost five centuries have passed since Cesare Borgia's death, yet his reputation still casts a sinister shadow. He stands accused of treachery, cruelty, rape, incest and, especially, murder - assassination by poison, the deadly white powder concealed in the jewelled ring, or by the midnight band of bravos lurking in the alleys of Renaissance Rome. Yet the real Cesare Borgia was a fascinating figure in the mould of the great Shakespearean hero. During the brief space of time in which he occupied the stage he shocked and stunned his contemporaries by the loftiness of his ambitions, the boldness and daring of their execution. His rise to fame was meteoric. Born the illegitimate son of a Spanish Cardinal who became Pope Alexander VI, he was, by his 27th year, the most hated, feared and envied man of his day, flattered and courted by the rulers of France, Spain and the Empire, admired by Machiavelli who immortalised him in The Prince. At 31 he was dead, having failed to achieve his ambition of a great Italian State. In Sarah Bradford's brilliant biography, Cesare's life and struggles assume the proportion of Greek tragedy.
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The companion work to her superb “Lucrezia Borgia”, Bradford’s exploration of the life of Lucrezia’s highly controversial brother offers an insightful look into the world of late 15th century/early ... Read full review
those who attend the church systems today should read this book before they attend another
church service.this author spoke the truth of this murder,rapist,blasphemer who his image was put into the holy bible and spread throughout the world as the son of the most high![revelation-13th.chapter-vers-
vers-15-18/revelation-12th.chapter-vers-9-10.[the beast[america]was rome and the image of the beast is the image of Cesar Borgia and the symbol is the cross.the false christians were spoken of in [mathew-chapter-24-vers-24.]buy our saviour[ma ha sha]jesus christ.the deeds and their fruits shall be known to all in the last days![st.john-chapter-3-vers-17-20.
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