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.