Lucrezia Borgia by Sarah Bradford
Life, Love, and Death in Renaissance Italy

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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. 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.

Drawing from a trove of contemporary documents and fascinating firsthand accounts, Bradford brings to life the art, the pageantry, and the dangerous politics of the Renaissance world Lucrezia Borgia helped to create.

 

About Sarah Bradford

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Sarah Bradford is the author of the New York Times bestsellers America’s Queen and Elizabeth. Her other books include Disraeli, selected as a New York Times Notable Book of the Year; George VI; and Princess Grace. She is married to the Viscount Bangor.
 
Published November 1, 2005 by Penguin Books. 468 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Religion & Spirituality, Travel. Non-fiction

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When that marriage also became an inconvenience for the scheming Borgias, they made the young Alfonso an offer he couldn’t refuse, certified that Lucrezia remained a virgin, and married her to another Alfonso, son of the Duke of Ferrara.

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Lucrezia Borgia: Life, Love and Death in Renaissance Italy by Sarah Bradford Viking £25, pp421 The most compelling thing about Lucrezia Borgia are the lurid rumours that eddied around her.

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Lucrezia Borgia: Life, Love and Death in Renaissance Italy by Sarah Bradford 368pp, Penguin, £25 It says something about the reputation of the Borgia family that when, one hot day in 1503, two of them went down with violent nausea, everyone immediately assumed that they had somehow managed to...

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The facts of Lucrezia's case are sorted out from fiction by Bradford's humanizing biography, which presents Lucrezia as an intelligent noblewoman, powerless to defy her family's patriarchal order, yet an enlightened ruler in her own right as Duchess of Ferrara.

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Entertainment Weekly

Myth perpetuates Lucrezia Borgia, 16th-century Duchess of Ferrara, as a vile, scheming floozy with a penchant for political assassination, adultery, and incest.

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Born in 1480, Lucrezia Borgia was the illegitimate daughter of Pope Alexander VI.

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The paterfamilias of the clan was Pope Alexander VI, a Catholic potentate whose rather lovable weakness was indulging his favored illegitimate offspring.As Sarah Bradford makes clear in Lucrezia Borgia, her third book on the Borgias, Alexander absolutely worshiped his two most gifted children: th...

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