The Borgias

The Borgias

The Hidden History

Book - 2013
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Publisher: New York : Bantam Books, c2013
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780345526915
Branch Call Number: ANF 945.060922 MEY
Characteristics: xxx, 478 p. : ill. (chiefly col.), ports., maps, geneal. tables ; 25 cm


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Jun 17, 2015

I really enjoyed learning the truth about the Borgia family. I have watched the tv movie on Netflex and it portrayed them as rumors have lived on about them. So much of what this author says makes much more sense. He also provided background on the times that they were living in.

May 12, 2015

This book has a completely different take on the Borgia family. Instead of agreeing with the accepted facts of this well known family, the author has dug a little deeper and come up with some believable theories. While even he admits that there will never be any way to prove his version or the universally believed version with definitiveness, he lays out his arguments in a very illuminating fashion.
While it has never been a surprise that many of the stories about the Borgia family were circulated by their enemies and had no basis in truth, even the ones we have supposed to be true could possibly also be rumours.
The author proposes that Cesare and Lucrezia were not his own children but his nephew and niece only. He makes convincing arguments against Lucrezia’s immoral and evil reputation and also submits that the Pope himself was not the depraved and sexual deviant that he was been portrayed as.
I found this a convincing story of the Borgia family, while still full of power hungry individuals and suspicious actions, it tries to weed out the impossible and stick to the reasonable at the same time as detailing the history and practices of the era to bring many of the supposed terrible actions of the family into a different light.

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