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The Borgias: The Hidden History - G.J. Meyer
The Borgias: The Hidden History
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The startling truth behind one of the most notorious dynasties in history is revealed in a remarkable new account by the acclaimed author of The Tudors and A World Undone. Sweeping aside the gossip, slander, and distortion that have shrouded the Borgias for centuries, G. J. Meyer offers an... show more
The startling truth behind one of the most notorious dynasties in history is revealed in a remarkable new account by the acclaimed author of The Tudors and A World Undone. Sweeping aside the gossip, slander, and distortion that have shrouded the Borgias for centuries, G. J. Meyer offers an unprecedented portrait of the infamous Renaissance family and their storied milieu.   THE BORGIAS   They burst out of obscurity in Spain not only to capture the great prize of the papacy, but to do so twice. Throughout a tumultuous half-century—as popes, statesmen, warriors, lovers, and breathtakingly ambitious political adventurers—they held center stage in the glorious and blood-drenched pageant known to us as the Italian Renaissance, standing at the epicenter of the power games in which Europe’s kings and Italy’s warlords gambled for life-and-death stakes.   Five centuries after their fall—a fall even more sudden than their rise to the heights of power—they remain immutable symbols of the depths to which humanity can descend: Rodrigo Borgia, who bought the papal crown and prostituted the Roman Church; Cesare Borgia, who became first a teenage cardinal and then the most treacherous cutthroat of a violent time; Lucrezia Borgia, who was as shockingly immoral as she was beautiful. These have long been stock figures in the dark chronicle of European villainy, their name synonymous with unspeakable evil.   But did these Borgias of legend actually exist? Grounding his narrative in exhaustive research and drawing from rarely examined key sources, Meyer brings fascinating new insight to the real people within the age-encrusted myth. Equally illuminating is the light he shines on the brilliant circles in which the Borgias moved and the thrilling era they helped to shape, a time of wars and political convulsions that reverberate to the present day, when Western civilization simultaneously wallowed in appalling brutality and soared to extraordinary heights.   Stunning in scope, rich in telling detail, G. J. Meyer’s The Borgias is an indelible work sure to become the new standard on a family and a world that continue to enthrall.   Praise for G. J. Meyer’s The Tudors   “Energetic and comprehensive . . . [a] sweeping history of the gloriously infamous Tudor era . . . Unlike the somewhat ponderous British biographies of the Henrys, Elizabeths and Boleyns that seem to pop up perennially, The Borgias displays some flashy, fresh irreverence [and cuts] to the quick of the action.”—Kirkus Reviews   “[A] cheeky, nuanced, and authoritative perspective . . . brims with enriching background discussions.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)  “Both serious students of sixteenth-century England and those with a passing interest in the period will find The Tudors by G. J. Meyer a comprehensive look at that momentous span of history. . . . The book is also a refreshing reality-check grounded in fact after the entertaining fictions of the recent past.”—Seattle Post-Intelligencer“A thoroughly readable and often compelling narrative.”—Associated Press   “A rich and vibrant tapestry.”—The Star-Ledger
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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9780345526915 (0345526910)
Publisher: Bantam
Pages no: 478
Edition language: English
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Bettie's Books
Bettie's Books rated it
4.0 The Borgias
bookshelves: tbr-busting-2014, winter-20132014, nonfiction, lifestyles-deathstyles, italy, history, fraudio, politics, biography, under-500-ratings, catholic, christian, incest-agameforallthefamily, poison, published-2013, gr-library Read from January 27 to February 07, 2014 From the description...
Hipster Ariel's Literary Grotto
Hipster Ariel's Literary Grotto rated it
2.5 Not as Good as His Book on the Tudors
While Meyer set the bar very hard with his book on the Tudors, this book should have been fascinating because of all the myths that surround the Borgia family. Unfortunately, it just never took off; I actually regretted picking it up a couple times. I don't know if it was just because the myths behi...
donnambrownuk
donnambrownuk rated it
4.0 The Borgias: The Hidden History
An absolutely fascinating look at a period of history often overlooked in favour of the Tudors. Meyer's work is full of myth-busting facts, complex and intricate family portraits and intriguing glimpses into a very different world. If the book has one 'flaw', it's that it is so jam-packed with infor...
That's What She Read
That's What She Read rated it
0.0 The Borgias: The Hidden History
The most fascinating element of G. J. Meyer’s The Borgias: The Hidden History is not the Borgias themselves and their escapades. People everywhere know of the Borgia name and have heard at least one element of their notorious reputation. What is so fascinating is the fact that Mr. Meyer takes every ...
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