The Borgias

The Borgias

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The name Borgia is synonymous with corruption, nepotism and greed very common in Renaissance Italy. The powerful, insatiable Rodrigo Borgia, better known as Pope Alexander VI, was the central figure of the dynasty. Two of her seven papal descendants also rose to power and glory: Lucrezia Borgia, her daughter, whose husband is known to have been murdered by her brother, and this brother Cesare, who served as a model for Niccolò Machiavelli`s The Prince. Known for conquering power, wealth, land and titles through corruption, marriage and murder, the dynasty`s dramatic rise from its Spanish roots to its highest position in Renaissance society is a compelling story. Cultured, funny and always insightful, Hibbert removes the layers of myth that surround the Borgia family and creates a vivid portrait with his excellent character and local awareness.

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