Lucrezia Borgia: Life, Love, and Death in Renaissance Italy

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Lucrezia Borgia: Life, Love, and Death in Renaissance Italy

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Compact Disc, Blackstone Audiobooks, 2009, ISBN13 9781433224706, ISBN10 1433224704
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The very name Lucrezia Bo

The very name Lucrezia Borgia conjures up everything that was sinister and corrupt about the Renaissanceincest, political assassination, papal sexual abuse, poisonous intrigue, unscrupulous power grabs. Yet, as bestselling biographer Sarah Bradford reveals in this breathtaking new portrait, the truth is far more fascinating than the myth. Neither a vicious monster nor a seductive pawn, Lucrezia Borgia was a shrewd, determined woman who used her beauty and intelligence to secure a key role in the political struggles of her day. (google books overview) Interesting and amazing!

Long vilified as a murder

Long vilified as a murderess, conspirator and partner to incest, Lucrezia Borgia was overdue for a reappraisal by a serious historian able to blast past the stereotypes. Sarah Bradford does exactly that by dint of meticulous research revealing the fascinating if turbulent life of the daughter of Pope Alexander VI. Used by her father to advance his political ambitions, Lucrezia endured an early marriage that was annulled under questionable circumstances, the brutal murder of her second husband, and the destruction of her own reputation at the hands of her family's enemies. She emerged from all that as a woman of strength and grace, finding a degree of stability and even contentment in a third marriage that made her Duchess of Ferrera. Bradford brings Lucrezia and her world vividly to life, in the process raising provocative questions about the need to re-evaluate the role of women in general throughout history.

Long vilified as a murder

Long vilified as a murderess, conspirator and partner to incest, Lucrezia Borgia was overdue for a reappraisal by a serious historian able to blast past the stereotypes. Sarah Bradford does exactly that by dint of meticulous research revealing the fascinating if turbulent life of the daughter of Pope Alexander VI. Used by her father to advance his political ambitions, Lucrezia endured an early marriage that was annulled under questionable circumstances, the brutal murder of her second husband, and the destruction of her own reputation at the hands of her family's enemies. She emerged from all that as a woman of strength and grace, finding a degree of stability and even contentment in a third marriage that made her Duchess of Ferrera. Bradford brings Lucrezia and her world vividly to life, in the process raising provocative questions about the need to re-evaluate the role of women in general throughout history.

Lucretzia Borgia is a nam

Lucretzia Borgia is a name known by many. Portrayed throughout history as a villain, the real story is much deeper and complex. Overall, this book was a bit dry. It was written more like a textbook than a story. This is definitely not a casual read.

This is a well researched

This is a well researched, interesting look at the life of one of history's most misunderstood women. The detail about the period adds richness and colour. The book ends a bit abruptly with Lucrezia's death, but it's still a good read for all that.
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