The sensational story of the rise and fall of one of the most notorious families in history, by the author of The Medici.
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The sensational story of the rise and fall of one of the most notorious families in history.
'A wickedly entertaining read' - The Times
The Borgias have become a byword for evil. Corruption, incest, ruthlessness, avarice and vicious cruelty - all have been associated with their name. But the story of this remarkable family is far more than a tale of sensational depravities - it also marks the golden age of the Italian Renaissance and a decisive turning point in European history.
From the family's Spanish roots and the papacy of Rodrigo Borgia, to the lives of his infamous offspring, Lucrezia and Cesare - the hero who dazzled Machiavelli, but also the man who befriended Leonardo da Vinci - Paul Strathern tells the captivating story of this great dynasty and the world in which they flourished.
'A vivid insight into the hothouse world of papal politics in the tumultuous years before the Reformation.' - Daily Telegraph
'Authoritative and well-written' - Wall Street Journal
Paul Strathern studied philosophy at Trinity College, Dublin. He is a Somerset Maugham Award-winning novelist; author of two series of books - Philosophers in 90 Minutes and The Big Idea: Scientists who Changed the World - and several works of non-fiction, including The Medici, The Artist, the Philosopher and the Warrior, Spirit of Venice and Death in Florence.
Early modern history: c 1450/1500 to c 1700