Top positive review
on 30 May 2012
Yet another Lucrezia Bogia is presented here: a faithful spouse, showing great courage and enterprise to protect her husband against the murderous instincts of her brother and father: very different from the popular image of Lucrezia as poisoner; or alternatively, as a mere pawn pushed around to advance the dynastic ambitions of her family through marriage.
A previous reviewer found this Lucrezia very different from the one featured in the recent TV series, though it fact it is the same person, but the husband is the next on from Giovanni Sforza, who was obliged by the Borgias to sign of confession of sexual impotence. Alfonso of Aragon indeed remains a shadowy figure, and Scarsbrook has provided an entertaining tale of his life as Lucrezia's second husband, trying to survive in an atmosphere of murder and intrigue. The account of Lucrezia presiding over a meeting of cardinals in the absence of her father and brother Cesare, away on military campaign, may seem to be far-fetched, but is a matter of record.
I thought this a much better book than the author's 'Marlowe Conspiracy': more satisfactory plotting and a credible story line.