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Lucrezia Borgia : Life, Love, and Death in Renaissance Italy

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The very name Lucrezia Borgia conjures up everything that was sinister and corrupt about the Renaissance--incest, political assassination, papal sexual abuse, poisonous intrigue, unscrupulous power grabs. Yet, as bestselling biographer Sarah Bradford reveals in this breathtaking new portrait, the truth is far more fascinating than the myth. Neither a vicious monster nor a seductive pawn, Lucrezia Borgia was a shrewd, determined woman who used her beauty and intelligence to secure a key role in the political struggles of her day.

Drawing from a trove of contemporary documents and fascinating firsthand accounts, Bradford brings to life the art, the pageantry, and the dangerous politics of the Renaissance world Lucrezia Borgia helped to create.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 421 pages
  • 139.7 x 210.8 x 27.9mm | 430.92g
  • Penguin USA
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • Illustrations, unspecified
  • 0143035959
  • 9780143035954
  • 187,311

Table of contents

Author's Note
List of Illustrations
Maps
Genealogical Tables showing the Borgia, Este and Aragona Families
Acknowledgments
Foreword


The Scene
Cast of Principal Characters


Part One: The Pope's Daughter 1480-1501
1. The Pope's Daughter


2. Countess of Pesaro


3. The Borgia Renscent


4. The Tragic Duchess of Bisceglie


5. Turning Point


6. Farewell to Rome


Part Two: Duchess to Ferrara 1502-19
7. The Road to Ferrara


8. A New Life


9. The Heavens Conspire


10. The Dark Marquis


11. Duchess of Ferrara


12. The Congiura


13. Horrors and Tears


14. The Years of War, 1509-12


15. Lucrezia Triumphant


16. The Last year of Tranquillity


17. The End


Postscript


Archives
Source Notes
Bibliography
Index
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Review quote

"Bradford's zest for this era is contagious." --USA Today

"A lively view of Lucrezia, capturing the glamour and tragedy of her story." --The Wall Street Journal

"This is also a tender and intimate account of a misunderstood and passionate woman." --Elle
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About Sarah Bradford

Sarah Bradford is a historian and biographer. Her previous books include Cesare Borgia, Disraeli, Princess Grace, George VI, Splendours and Miseries: A Life of SacheverellSitwell, Elizabeth A Biography of Her Majesty the Queen, America's Queen: The Life of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, and Lucrezia Borgia.
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