The Borgias: History's Most Notorious Dynasty

The Borgias: History's Most Notorious Dynasty


By (author) Mary Hollingsworth

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  • Publisher: Quercus Publishing
  • Format: Hardback | 384 pages
  • Dimensions: 229mm x 276mm x 32mm | 1,900g
  • Publication date: 29 September 2011
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0857389165
  • ISBN 13: 9780857389169
  • Sales rank: 257,082

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The 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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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.