By G.J. Meyer
The startling fact at the back of probably the most infamous dynasties in historical past is printed in a striking new account by way of the acclaimed writer of The Tudors and A international Undone. Sweeping apart the gossip, slander, and distortion that experience shrouded the Borgias for hundreds of years, G. J. Meyer bargains an unparalleled portrait of the notorious Renaissance kin and their storied milieu.
They burst out of obscurity in Spain not just to trap the good prize of the papacy, yet to take action two times. all through a tumultuous half-century—as popes, statesmen, warriors, fans, and breathtakingly formidable political adventurers—they held heart degree within the excellent and blood-drenched festival identified to us because the Italian Renaissance, status on the epicenter of the facility video games during which Europe’s kings and Italy’s warlords gambled for life-and-death stakes.
5 centuries after their fall—a fall much more unexpected than their upward push to the heights of power—they stay immutable symbols of the depths to which humanity can descend: Rodrigo Borgia, who received the papal crown and prostituted the Roman Church; Cesare Borgia, who grew to become first a teenage cardinal after which the main treacherous cutthroat of a violent time; Lucrezia Borgia, who was once as shockingly immoral as she was once attractive. those have lengthy been inventory figures at midnight chronicle of eu villainy, their identify synonymous with unspeakable evil.
yet did those Borgias of legend truly exist? Grounding his narrative in exhaustive study and drawing from infrequently tested key resources, Meyer brings attention-grabbing new perception to the true humans in the age-encrusted delusion. both illuminating is the sunshine he shines at the great circles during which the Borgias moved and the exciting period they helped to form, a time of wars and political convulsions that reverberate to the current day, whilst Western civilization concurrently wallowed in appalling brutality and soared to impressive heights.
attractive in scope, wealthy in telling aspect, G. J. Meyer’s The Borgias is an indelible paintings absolute to turn into the recent normal on a family members and an international that proceed to enthrall.
Praise for The Borgias
“A brilliant and now and then startling reappraisal of 1 of the main infamous dynasties in heritage . . . should you inspiration you knew the Borgias, this publication will shock you.”—Tracy Borman, writer of Queen of the Conqueror and Elizabeth’s Women
“The point out of the Borgia relations usually evokes pictures of a ruthless force for energy through assassination, serpentine plots, and sexual debauchery. . . . [G. J. Meyer] convincingly appears prior the mythology to offer a extra nuanced portrait.”—Booklist
“Meyer brings his substantial talents to a different notorious Renaissance kin, the Borgias [and] a clean check out the machinations of energy in Renaissance Italy. . . . [He] makes a powerful case that the Borgias were given a uncooked deal.”—Historical Novels Review
“Fascinating . . . a gripping background of a tempestuous time and an notorious family.”—Shelf Awareness
From the Hardcover edition.