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The Life & Legend Of Cesare Borgia [Kindle Edition]

M. G. Scarsbrook
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Book Description

The most handsome man of his era… yet also the most feared...

Cesare Borgia was the most infamous member of history’s original crime family – the Borgias. Son of the scandalous Pope Alexander VI, and brother to the notorious Lucrezia Borgia, he rose above them all to become an icon of power. At the age of twenty-four, he was an accomplished murderer, at twenty-seven he had conquered most of Italy, and by thirty-one he lay dead on the battlefield. Described by some as ‘a rebel against Christ’ who deserved to die, Cesare’s brilliant mind, ruthless ambition, and insatiable desires have inspired writers, artists, and philosophers for centuries – most notably Machiavelli’s ideal ruler in ‘The Prince’.

This book gathers together all the crucial information needed for a study into the dramatic life and death of Cesare Borgia, including a detailed timeline, a biographical profile, an extensive description of his life in Rome, and a discussion of the Borgia family's legendary connection to poison.

Optimized for navigation as an eBook, with a table of contents linked to every section, this book also features a broad collection of texts regarding Cesare and his infamous family.

- The Life of Cesare Borgia by Rafael Sabatini
- The Prince by Niccolò Machiavelli
- The Borgias by Alexander Dumas (from 'Celebrated Crimes')
- Lucretia Borgia: According To Original Documents and Correspondence of Her Day by Ferdinand Gregorovius
- Encyclopaedia Britannica articles (11th edition) on Cesare Borgia and Lucrezia Borgia
- Lucrezia Borgia, libretto by Felice Romani for the Opera by Gaetano Donizetti (in Italian)

- An exclusive excerpt of M. G. Scarsbrook's novel POISON IN THE BLOOD: THE MEMOIRS OF LUCREZIA BORGIA, an historical mystery-thriller featuring Cesare’s rise and fall from power.

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Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2697 KB
  • Print Length: 1176 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Red Herring (9 Feb. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0077SX866
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #72,222 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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More About the Author

M. G. Scarsbrook is the author of three novels and the editor of four literary collections.

Since 2011 his books have sold more than 20,000 copies worldwide and been translated into five languages. English editions of his work are sold in paperback, eBook, and audiobook formats at all major online bookstores.

A member of the prestigious Crime Writers' Association and the Society of Authors, he lives in the UK and is working on the next book in the West End Murders series.

To learn more, please visit his website:

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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Considering what an adventurous life he had, the book did not live up to my expectations. whatever else I read about Borgias kept my attention much longer.
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excellent service, great product, timely dispatch, great customer care/ will purchase more of this subject area. love history and stories revolving the characters.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 7 Sept. 2014
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I would give this book top marks 5stars
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4.0 out of 5 stars brill book 16 Oct. 2013
By tracey
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i enjoyed this a brilliant historical book very insightful i wanted to know more about this era and this family so this was ideal
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3.0 out of 5 stars Factual account 2 Sept. 2012
By pjburn - Published on
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Straightforward historical events in chronological order under several categorical headings. Not for entertainment, just information. Historical novels like Sara Poole's series, Sarah Bower's Sins of the House of Borgia, and M.G. Scarsbrook's works are for entertainment, information, and literary speculation about these fascinating Machiavellians and their relationships.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars update 7 Jun. 2013
By Roy Bolling - Published on
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This book is informative. However, the writing style is old and has many Latin phrases that are not explained.....With that said, it is a different Historical view of Cesare Borgia and His Father Pope Alexander Vl.......Further, When the Cesare Borgia book is finished
the book continues with "The Prince" Machiavelli....He was a contemporary of Cesare Borgia. Lots of Historical information. However, a bit slow to read......After saying this.....I did enjoy learning more about this era of History which is often overlooked..........I would only suggest the book to those determined to ingest this History from 1492 - 1507,
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable read 23 Nov. 2012
By Zoe - Published on
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I learned so much about Cesare Borgia. He was a much deeper character than the Showtime series (Which is why I became interested in the books) has portrayed. There were facts that made me like the man, and those that made me cringe. A really good read for anyone interested in his life and the many, many things he accomplished in a relatively short amount of time.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The Life and legend of Cesare Borgia 5 Sept. 2012
By Raevan - Published on
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The book was informative and conscise so lived up to chronology, however, reading it was like swatting for a history exam. It failed as a novel it was dull reading.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Too much apology 10 Jun. 2014
By Gail A Kirby - Published on
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Although it's important to put history in the perspective of the time it occurred, Scarsbrook goes overboard. He refutes most of the "legendary" Borgia history and defends the rest by saying that "everybody else did it too" (simony, licentiousness, etc.). And while that is probably true, he repeats this over and over. There are several sections in the book besides the piece by Scarsbrook (including The Prince) and one of the other pieces discusses all the stories that we've heard about the Borgias. So I feel left without any information.

Also, the Kindle edition has a lot of typos.
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