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    Blood and Beauty (Virago Press) (Paperback) By (author) Sarah Dunant

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    DescriptionAcclaimed novelist of the Italian Renaissance Sarah Dunant now takes on the era's most infamous family: the Borgias. By the end of the fifteenth century, the beauty and creativity of Italy is matched by its brutality and corruption, nowhere more than in Rome and in the Church. When Cardinal Rodrigo Borgia buys his way into the papacy as Alexander VI, he is defined not just by his wealth or his passionate love for his illegitimate children, but by his blood: he is a Spanish Pope in a city run by Italians. If the Borgias are to triumph, this charismatic, consummate politician with a huge appetite for life, women and power must use papacy and family to succeed. His eldest son Cesare, a dazzlingly cold intelligence and an even colder soul, is his greatest - though increasingly unstable - weapon. Later immortalised in Machiavelli's The Prince, he provides the energy and the muscle. His daughter Lucrezia, beloved by both men, is the prime dynastic tool. Twelve years old when the novel opens, hers is a journey through three marriages: from childish innocence to painful experience, from pawn to political player. Stripping away the myths around the Borgias, Blood & Beauty is a majestic novel that breathes life into this astonishing family and celebrates the raw power of history itself: compelling, complex and relentless.


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    Title
    Blood and Beauty
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Sarah Dunant
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 544
    Width: 153 mm
    Height: 229 mm
    Thickness: 39 mm
    Weight: 676 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781844087440
    ISBN 10: 1844087441
    Classifications

    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: F2.3
    BIC E4L: HIS
    BIC subject category V2: FV, FA
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 11110
    Libri: ENGL3020, ENGM1012
    BISAC V2.8: FIC014000
    Thema V1.0: FV
    BIC E4L: HST
    Publisher
    Little, Brown Book Group
    Imprint name
    Virago Press Ltd
    Publication date
    02 May 2013
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    Internationally bestselling writer Sarah Dunant is famous for her Italian historical novels: The Birth of Venus, In the Company of the Courtesan and Sacred Hearts, which have been translated into more than thirty languages. She has worked widely in television, radio and print, and has written ten novels and edited two collections of essays. She lives in London and Florence.