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The Borgias: History's Most Notorious Dynasty Hardcover – 29 Sep 2011
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The Borgias have become a byword for pride, lust, cruelty, avarice, splendour and venomous intrigue. An inspiration for many works of fiction, most famously Mario Puzo's The Godfather, they have aroused abomination and fascination in almost equal measure, while their patronage of the arts created some of the great masterpieces of the Renaissance. From the powerful, merciless Rodrigo Borgia, better known as Pope Alexander VI, to the beautiful Lucrezia and the debauched and murderous Cesare, Mary Hollingsworth's account of the dynasty's dramatic rise from its Spanish roots to the heights of Renaissance society forms a compelling tale of brutality, incest, unparalleled corruption and extortionate greed.
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Over 340 A4 pages ,each one illustrated in high quality reproductions germane to the written words. This is not a book for those who want an in depth view of the subject, or for specialists, but for those who want an introduction to such a fascinating period in Italy and the Church's history.
One of those books that you can treasure and return to if only for the pure joy of browsing.
What I like from this book, is the fact that it informs you the year's before the Borgias came along, their existences of power and what lies ahead for them in their future (during those years).
If you enjoy reading Italian history, well this would be the right book for you.
Personally, I am happy to have purchased it :)
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