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    DescriptionThe name Borgia is synonymous with the corruption, nepotism, and greed that were rife in Renaissance Italy. The powerful, voracious Rodrigo Borgia, better known to history as Pope Alexander VI, was the central figure of the dynasty. Two of his seven papal offspring also rose to power and fame - Lucrezia Borgia, his daughter, whose husband was famously murdered by her brother, and that brother, Cesare, who served as the model for Niccolo Machiavelli's The Prince. Notorious for seizing power, wealth, land, and titles through bribery, marriage, and murder, the dynasty's dramatic rise from its Spanish roots to its occupation of the highest position in Renaissance society forms a gripping tale. Erudite, witty, and always insightful, Hibbert removes the layers of myth around the Borgia family and creates a portrait alive with his superb sense of character and place.


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    Title
    The Borgias
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Christopher Hibbert
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 336
    Width: 130 mm
    Height: 196 mm
    Thickness: 30 mm
    Weight: 272 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781849019941
    ISBN 10: 1849019940
    Classifications

    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.2
    BIC time period qualifier V2: 3JB
    BIC E4L: HIS
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1DST
    BIC subject category V2: HBJD, HBLC1
    BISAC V2.8: HIS020000
    DC22: 945.060922
    Thema V1.0: NHDJ
    Thema geographical qualifier V1.0: 1DST
    Thema time period qualifier V1.0: 3MD
    Publisher
    Constable and Robinson
    Imprint name
    Constable
    Publication date
    07 July 2011
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    Christopher Hibbert wrote more than fifty acclaimed books, including The Rise and Fall of the House of Medici and Rome: The Biography of a City. A leading popular historian whose works reflect meticulous scholarship, he was a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. He died in 2008.
    Review quote
    Rather more than the story of an extraordinary and vicious family, The House Of Borgia is an engrossing account of a country divided up into a collection of constantly warring states, of alliances made and broken and of almost unimaginable power and wealth there for the taking by those ruthless enough to let nothing stand in the way of their vaulting ambitions. Daily Express ... a coherent and colourful historical record of the Borgias. Literary Review Few could have told the story better ... pacy, uncluttered and an eye for resonant detail. Sparkling. Tribune A tale of greed, nepotism, assassination and relentless jostling for power. Sunday Times Hibbert tells a good story. Times Literary Supplement In the last book he wrote before he died Hibbert captures quite brilliantly the extravagence and immorality at the heart of the papal empire on the eve of the Reeformation. Good Book Guide