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  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin (27 Oct. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 014101413X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141014135
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.8 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
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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")

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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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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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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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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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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By Davywavy2 VINE VOICE on 17 Dec. 2007
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I bought this on the basis of the promise of new insights into the character and history of the much-reviled Lucrezia Borgia. Whether or not the re-writing of the popular stories about her actually appears in the book I really couldn't tell you, because after three or four chapters of leaden, unengaging prose I put it down and haven't picked it up again. You'd think it would be difficult to make one of the livelier women of one of the livelier periods of history dull, but after finding myself propping my eyelids open with matchsticks and struggling to reach the end of the page I realised that perhaps this book's most remarkable achievement was just that.
There are other books about the period - I bought Mary Hollingsworth's "The Cardinal's Hat" about Lucrezia's son, Ippolito d'Este at the same time, and that's really very good indeed - and so I suggest you skip this one and go straight to something readable.
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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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Awesome , after scouring the internet for a book on lucrezia borgia I finally found this little treasure a brilliant book on the life of one of history's most notorious women an absolute must read for people interested in the Borgia's and lucrezia highly recommend
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quick delivery and a great price, have already bought a book on Machiavelli and now bought this if you want to know about the Borgia's and associates then start with thid
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