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Lucrezia Borgia: Life, Love and Death in Renaissance Italy [Hardcover]

Sarah Bradford
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7 Oct 2004
Lucrezia Borgia - an infamous murderess or simply the victim of bad press? Lucrezia Borgia's name has echoed through history as a byword for evil - a poisoner who committed incest with her natural father, Pope Alexander VI, and with her brother, Cesare Borgia. Long considered the most ruthless of Italian Renaissance noblewomen, her tarnished reputation has prevailed long since her own lifetime. In this definitive biography, a work of huge scholarship and erudition, Sarah Bradford gives a fascinating account of Lucrezia's life in all its colourful controversy. Daughter, sister, wife and mother, Lucrezia Borgia was surrounded by wealth, privilege and intrigue. But what was the truth behind her extraordinary existence - was she a monster of cruelty and deceit, or simply the pawn of her power-hungry father and brother?

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  • Hardcover: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Viking; 1st Edition edition (7 Oct 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0670913456
  • ISBN-13: 978-0670913459
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 16 x 4.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 338,888 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Bradford's zest for this era is contagious. ("USA Today") A lively view of Lucrezia, capturing the glamour and tragedy of her story. ("The Wall Street Journal") This is also a tender and intimate account of a misunderstood and passionate woman. ("Elle") --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Sarah Bradford is an historian and biographer. Previous books include biographies of Disraeli, winner of the New York Times Book of the Year; George VI; Elizabeth II and Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis (2001). She lives in London.

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
the book is well written and full of details but unfortunatelly, not about Lucrezia Borgia herself (as I thought I would find) but about life in Italy during the Renaissance and especially under Pope Alexander VI. I was quite deceived. I was hoping to read details about Lucrezia own life and not the political period. This book is very much like another one called "The Borgias" in which is related the history of the 4 children of Alexander VI and the Pope's influence on them and on the politic of the time.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a good read 5 Oct 2006
By vimto88
I enjoyed this book and the style of the writer brings Lucretia's life into perspective with her insights into the thought processes which made Lucretia tick and how she managed to triumph over the machinations of her father and brother to use her as a pawn in their political games. The writer made the subject come alive and it was a great read
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5.0 out of 5 stars fascinating 1 Mar 2013
By David
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A fascinating and well written and scholarly account of the life of this remarkable woman. I really enjoyed it, and was much better informed
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very well researched. 12 May 2010
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and thought it was excellently researched. The book does follow Lucrezia's life and deals with the facts that the author was able to uncover about her subject through archives and personal letters. I agree that the book does cover alot of other topics besides the title character but the book could not be written without alluding to the polictics,history and other characters who populated her life and that of her family. I found it an excellent insight into this time in italian history also. This book has definitely piqued my interest in this period of history and in the Borgia family and I will seek out similiar books to read.
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15 of 19 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A wasted opportunity 14 Dec 2005
Yet another book about the Borgias, the Borgia men, that is. Masses of details about Cesare's dress sense and Alexander's power quest, but very little to inform us about Lucrezia herself. Surely she couldn't have been as vapid and dull as she is depicted in this book. If she was, how can we explain her notoriety, except through her connection to the male Borgias. In which case, why bother writing a book about her? Which explains why this book is much more to do with the politics and power struggles of the men concerned, and various events in Lucrezia's life are merely chronicled with little effort made to reveal the woman herself.
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