The Borgia Bride Hardcover – 7 Feb 2005
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'The sumptuous story of a young woman ... The events of her life are gripping, from sexual passion to mortal danger.' -- Philippa Gregory
Incest. Poison. Betrayal. Three wedding presents for the Borgia bride...See all Product Description
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The Borgias had always fascinated me with the sensational and often gruesome traces they had left in history - and none more so than Cesare Borgia. That is why I had picked up this book, hoping to gain a deeper understanding of Cesare and the rest of his family from a fiction perspective. I must say that overall, I was not disappointed. As can be seen from the afterword, the author had done her research very well. The Borgias are an enigmatic family - there is little known about the dynasty, save for the few scandalous facts which the author had used to create her scandalous story.
From the beginning the novel was mesmerising; compelling the reader to blindly keep turning the pages even through the night (I had managed to finish the novel in 2 days in between school) - finishing with a gripping finale. The atmosphere the author had built up sucks you in, succeeding in transporting you back to 16th century Italy.
However, I did knock off one star because of the few things that nagged me throughout the novel. First, the explicit sex scenes - though it adds to the whole 'sensational' aspect of the story it was altogether too graphic and degraded the novel. For this reason I cannot readily recommend the book to others as the sexual references can be downright embarrassing. Some parts of the novel I felt were distinctly mediocre, reading like a Hollywood melodrama or elaborate erotica.
Another point was the lack of buildup between Cesare and Sancha - after waiting pages and pages for Cesare to appear, they fall too quickly into love.Read more ›
The author is presented with a fantastic readymade story, and somehow fails to make a compelling novel out of. The best part of the book was the prologue, which doesn't even gel with the story in retrospect. The main character is a cardboard cut-out of a modern woman in Renaissance Italy. The author seems unsure who her villains are from one chapter to the next. I'm all in favour of complex characters, but characters whose motivations and behaviour seem to conflict and contradict one another are confused rather than complex. I would be unlikely to read this author again.
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This book is so interesting and the characters are so real the descriptions made you feel that you we're in rome and witness to all the evil things that went on at this time a... Read morePublished 9 hours ago by Kindle Customer
This book could easily have been abandoned by chapter three. Save for a few references to Royal garments there is little to create the rich past. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Michael
She's done her homework, but maybe that's the problem, there's a bit too much of it.Published 12 months ago by Reading Addict
Worth the read, couldn't put the book down. Read on more than one occasion. Good for history buffs and enthusiasts.Published 16 months ago by Kate
Great book about the back story of two powerful families during the Renaissance. Everyone knows the infamous Borgia's, children of Pope Alexander. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Carole P. Roman
great insight into the Borgias, believe it or not it's a well written story.Published 20 months ago by The Book Worm!
Fantastic book, would recommend to everyone, I couldn't put it downPublished 21 months ago by H J Brown
Gives a good perspective of the Borgias from someone else's experience.Published 22 months ago by sue almond