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Cesare Borgia: His Life and Times by Sarah Bradford

Bradford begins with Lucrezia’s birth and debunks myths and raises facts about this family. Her third father-in-law collected nuns, preferably sisters who displayed stigmata, and his opposition to the marriage was mollified when Lucrezia helped him add to his collection. Surely, Rodrigo, Lucrezia, Juan and Jofre are mentioned, but don’t play really big parts in the book. Indeed, Lucrezia shines the brightest not as the daughter of the pope, but when she was the Duchess of Ferrara; being no longer subject to her family’s manipulations, she became a powerful woman in her own right.

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Published December 31st by Phoenix first published Penguin Books; Reprint edition November 1, Language: Spends too much time on Cesare’s various political alliances and acts and almost nothing of the man himself. Equally so is Lucrezia’s other sister-in-law, Isabella d’Este the sister of Lucrezia’s third husbandwho becomes an important character in the second half of the book.

I know as much about Lucrezia as I did before – which is almost nothing. Sarah Bradford approaches the subject of Cesare Borgia as both a historian and a storyteller, and that is why her biography is so good.

It is written beautifully, but even more importantly, it deals with Cesare Borgia in a very even handed manner.

What emerges is a portrait of a complicated, beautiful, wily, charming and religous woman who despite committing the same sins as any human might commit, is often colored as blackly as her sociopathic brother Cesare. In that respect, he may not have been off. It doesn’t help that Bradford’s writing style is so dry and dull already, even when describing poisonings and ruinous affairs, and she makes Lucrezia’s later life intolerably boring.


The only thing that’s missing is the incest, which Bradford adamantly insists did not happen. Sarah Bradford, returning to the Borgias after biographies of the Windsors and Kennedys, is keen to confer respectability on her Renaissance heroine. Her first born was dutifully named after her father, Rodrigo, the Pope who spawned her. The very name Lucrezia Borgia conjures up everything that was sinister and corrupt about the Renaissance–incest, political assassination, papal sexual abuse, poisonous intrigue, unscrupulous power grabs.

Horrors and Tears Was this book about Lucrezia? And I don’t know if it was the translation, but the writing seemed really wooden. Originally published inSarah Bradford’s comprehensive and well balanced biography of Cesare Borgia remains a frequently used resource for pretty much any book on the Borgias written since, which says all one needs to know about its continued relevance. Sarah Bradford did a wonderful job of staying as unbiased as a biographer possibly can. I,myself, found it to be a rather difficult exercise.

I truly wish I could time travel back I am currently obsessed with the Borgias, especially Cesare. ComiXology Thousands of Digital Comics. When wealth and power were intoxicatingly flowing during the Renaissance the beautiful Lucrezia was in the thick of it and was woman of her times despite the manipulations of her overly adoring father the Pope, her Brother the general of the armies and her husband and toy boy whoe were either making her life hell or beautiful.

Very clinical and dry, which is NOT what you want from a biography of a Borgia! Return to Book Page. Nov 03, Rio Lynne rated it really liked it Shelves: 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.

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Subscribe to Read More to find out about similar books. While some people may find Bradford’s meticulous approach to Lucrezia dull, the books reliance on primary sources, mostly correspondence between major players in Lucrezia’s life, made for horgia satisfying listen I listened to it on MP3.

I learned much from this work, but it would have been considerably improved by having an index of characters. Amazon Renewed Refurbished products with a warranty. He emerges as a dangerous man, ruthless, highly intelligent, eloquent and persuasive when he wanted to be, secretive and subtle, described as the most handsome man in Italy and one who believed utterly in his own will. His story reminded me of the Game of Thronesand aficionados of that series take note: By the time Victor Hugo and Donizetti had finished with her, Lucrezia Borgia could barely stand for the burden of evil that sarxh slung around her fiendishly beautiful shoulders.

And it turned out to be more enjoyable and informative than suspected from the sample I’d read before deciding to pick it up. She is a Sarab, after all.

It was a little slow going but very informative and interesting. Bradford was talking about because there are so many important characters and she doesn’t always make it clear who the actor is she’s talking about.

Our heroine was born in Your subscription to Read More was successful. That she could largely negotiate her own marriage into a family who were desperate to escape having to accept bortia marrying into them, and win the hearts, minds and trust of at least the male members of the family lucreezia though never her sister-in-law — is an incredible achievement.