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    DescriptionThe Borgias have become a byword for pride, lust, cruelty, avarice, splendour and venomous intrigue. An inspiration for many works of fiction, most famously Mario Puzo's The Godfather, they have aroused abomination and fascination in almost equal measure, while their patronage of the arts created some of the great masterpieces of the Renaissance. From the powerful, merciless Rodrigo Borgia, better known as Pope Alexander VI, to the beautiful Lucrezia and the debauched and murderous Cesare, Mary Hollingsworth's account of the dynasty's dramatic rise from its Spanish roots to the heights of Renaissance society forms a compelling tale of brutality, incest, unparalleled corruption and extortionate greed.

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    The Borgias
    History's Most Notorious Dynasty
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Mary Hollingsworth
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 384
    Width: 229 mm
    Height: 276 mm
    Thickness: 34 mm
    Weight: 1,947 g
    ISBN 13: 9780857389169
    ISBN 10: 0857389165

    BIC subject category V2: HBLH
    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
    BIC time period qualifier V2: 3H
    BISAC V2.8: HIS020000, HIS037020
    BIC subject category V2: 3H, 3JB, 1DST
    DC23: 945.6060922
    Thema V1.0: NHD
    Quercus Publishing Plc
    Imprint name
    Quercus Publishing Plc
    Publication date
    29 September 2011
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    Author Information
    Mary Hollingsworth has a B.Sc. in business studies and a Ph.D. in art history. Her doctoral thesis dealt with the role of the architect in Italian Renaissance building projects and led to research on the role of the patron in the development of Renaissance art and architecture.
    Table of contents
    Introduction. Alonso de Borja - From royal secretary to servant of Rome, 1414-1455. Calixtus III - The first Borgia pope, 1455-1458. The Borgia nephews - Cardinals and captain-generals, 1458-1471. Rodrigo Borgia - New titles, new relationships, new wealth, 1471-1484. Rodrigo Borgia - From eminence to pre-eminence, 1484-1492. Alexander VI - The second Borgia pope and his family, 1493-1497. Alexander VI, Cesare and Lucrezia - A pope, a warrior and a widow, 1498-1500. Cesare and Lucrezia Borgia - Conquests in battle and in love, 1501-1503. Cesare and Lucrezia Borgia - The duke and duchess, 1503-1519. The Borgia descendants - Dukes, cardinals and saints, 1520 and after. Maps. The Borgia dynasty - a family tree. Bibliography and Notes on the text. Index. Picture credits and Acknowledgements.