By Christopher Hibbert
The identify Borgia is synonymous with the corruption, nepotism, and greed that have been rife in Renaissance Italy. The robust, voracious Rodrigo Borgia, higher recognized to heritage as Pope Alexander VI, used to be the relevant determine of the dynasty. of his seven papal offspring additionally rose to strength and fame—Lucrezia Borgia, his daughter, whose husband used to be famously murdered by means of her brother, and that brother, Cesare, who served because the version for Niccolò Machiavelli's The Prince. infamous for seizing energy, wealth, land, and titles via bribery, marriage, and homicide, the dynasty's dramatic upward thrust from its Spanish roots to its career of the top place in Renaissance society kinds a gripping story.
Erudite, witty, and consistently insightful, Hibbert gets rid of the layers of fable round the Borgia relations and creates a portrait alive together with his marvelous experience of personality and place.