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For example Cesare referring to Giovanni as his nephew Bradford dismisses or ignores it I don t necessarily disagree with Bradford when she states that Giovanni could be Pope Alexander s I think that no one can say for certain who he was and that dismissing evidence is rather misleadingdishonest I noted this and in a status pdate while reading which is here However I have not let this affect my overall feelings about the book because the rest of the book is so well done and besides I like a book that makes me think Overall this was a great read and I recommend it to anyone interested in the life of Lucrezia and the times she lived in Like most historical figures that interest me I was first introduced to Lucrezia Borgia and her awesome psychotic family through historic fiction In high school I read The Borgia Bride which was told from the perspective of Lucrezia s sister in law Sancha of Aragon It was awesome and as I now know from reading this book pretty accurate for several reasons first lots of sex which to a fifteen year old is a great recommendation in itself second it was full of poisonings backstabbing both figurative and literal I recall that Sancha carried a dagger in her gown and sed it several times political intrigue and general skullduggery Also the author decided that yes the rumors were true and Lucrezia was sleeping with both her father and her brother Cesare so there was that additional bit of escandalo It was an awesome read is what I m saying and when I saw this in a bookstore I decided to buy it on a whim and find out about the real Lucrezia Borgia The first half when her father is Pope and is gaining power and then at the height of it is fascinating There are murders wars scheming teenage mistresses bastard children and other classic Renaissance style fun and syphilis What I learned from this segment of the book is that the Borgias bad historical reputation is well earned Alexander basically bribed his way into the papacy and despite being a religious person had no problem keeping a mistress and being a power hungry murderous jackass in order to keep his power his son Cesare wanted to take over Italy and came pretty damn close and one of the Borgia children was murdered probably by his own siblings and found dead in a river The only thing that s missing is the incest which Bradford adamantly insists did not happen I m inclined to agree after all Cesare and Alexander could sleep with literally any women they wanted so it s not like they were so desperate for tail they resorted to banging their sisterdaughter but in the interest of fairness and rumor mongering Bradford doesn t really offer p any compelling evidence that Lucrezia didn t sleep with her father or her brother Just sayin In fact there aren t many claims made in this book at all which is one reason it loses a star Bradford isn t really making any specific points with this book aside from setting out to show s that Lucrezia was a not sleeping with her family members and b not nearly as villainous as she s portrayed and was actually very intelligent and sympathetic Many of the other characters are interesting that she is particularly her fascinating and totally evil brother Cesare who deserves a book of his own I m sure there are several already but at times it felt like he was the one Bradford really wanted to be writing about Sancha also makes a few appearances she s known as Sancia here and the little bits of information that Bradford reveals about her actions are tantalizingly brief She ll mention offhandedly Sancia was now Cesare s mistress and then a few chapters later Sancia was no longer with Cesare and was now the mistress of so and so with nothing in between This made me want to find a biography of Sancha because she sounds cool as hell Eually so is Lucrezia s other sister in law Isabella d Este the sister of Lucrezia s third husband who becomes an important character in the second half of the book Unfortunately that s where it gets boring Once Lucrezia marries Alfonso D Este And Moves Away From Rome She S d Este and moves away from Rome she s from the center of the papal goings on which means the reader is too Then Cesare and Alexander die and there are no cool characters doing batshit crazy things Instead it s just chapter after chapter of Then Lucrezia got pregnant again and had another miscarriage Then she wrote this letter to this person Then Alfonso went to war and Lucrezia was in charge of Ferrara and here s some stuff she did Once the crazy Borgias are gone and it s just Lucrezia the story stops being interesting It doesn t help that Bradford s writing style is so dry and dull already even when describing poisonings and ruinous affairs and that Bradford s writing style is so dry and dull already even when describing poisonings and ruinous affairs and makes Lucrezia s later life intolerably boring Also Bradford s writing can be very confusing and oddly structured as evidenced in this bizarrely constructed sentence that I had to read three times before I nderstood what it was trying to say That very day alone in charge at Ferrara since Alfonso was away in camp and Ippolito also Lucrezia despite Sanudo s report of panic kept her head informing Alfonso of all she was doing to help including sending a spy to Venice to find out whether the Venetians were arming forces and if so of what kind What There has got to be a better way to phrase all that While some people may find Bradford s meticulous approach to Lucrezia dull the books reliance on primary sources mostly correspondence between major players in Lucrezia s life made for a satisfying listen I listened to it on MP3 The book dodges the villainous reputation that various operas plays and histories have apparently given her and instead portrays her as woman caught in a powerful family that sed deception and violence to grab land and power She isn t portrayed as
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victimeither but rather a who did what she needed to do within the limitations of her circumstances as a Borgia and as an Italian noblewoman in the Renaissance age There s a lot of comprehensive description of Italian Renaissance life for the pper classes including long lists of items and people that give the reader a rich picture of the world of the Borgia s Bradford indulges in relatively sober and careful interpretations of what motivated the people of this milieu but often she supplies the facts and allows the reader their own interpretations Some people find this approach to history tedious and enjoy a narrative structure to their history but those who have imagination and enjoy exploring their own interpretations of history will find plenty of material to work with here. Te in love and tterly indifferent to sexual morality 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 Bradford is an expert on the Borgia family and in Lucrezia she has found a subject ideally suited to her gift for narrative and psychological insight Sex gossip murder astonishing beauty and ambition this is the Renaissance at its most irresistib.

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I m still very interested in Lucrezia and the Borgias generally but I just do not like Bradford s style Very clinical and dry which is NOT what you want from a biography of a Borgia Bradford just sloughs along from one event to another in Lucrezia s life interspersing lengthy and often irrelevant andor sycophantic excerpts from her letters that oftentimes you re just happy to zip through This book suffers the most common and worst fate of biographies the subjects just do not feel like real people who lived and breathed They all feel like vague shadows or monolithic statues of History Very disappointingI made it through the majority of this book before the library cut off my renewals It was that rough going Great biography of an often vilified woman In my opinion she earned some of that revulsion but she also found a way to thrive in a century very cruel to women While certainly no Mother Theresa I walked away from Bradford s work with a newfound appreciation for Lucrezia Borgia You might ask why someone like me would continue to be a Catholic after reading this book Add to this the number of pedophile scandals among the clergy in recent years and you have a real point However incest pedophilia and assassination in the name of politicspowerpositionand greed is nothing new to the realm of Popedom and the ChurchMy reason then for remaining a Catholic is based on the basic tenets of the Church and not on the people who run themOne of these is none other than Cardinal Rodrigo Borgia who sired the heroine in this historical tale of Lucretia her brother Cesare and her half brothers Juan Giovanni and RodrigoRight from the outset the reader becomes privy to the insidious ways in which Rodrigo operates in order to rise to the power of the Pope and ses Lucretia and Cesare as pawns to spawn his influence throughout the known world during the 15th century Our heroine was born in 1480 Right from the outset Rodrigo knew that he had a winner Bradford describes her as She was of middle height and graceful in form Her face is rather long and the nose is well cut hair golden eyes of no special colorHer teeth were brilliantly white the bust admirably preportioned She is always gay and smilingAt twelve when Rodrigo would be anointed Pope Alexander VI she was ripe for the first of her three marriages1 On June 12th 1493 she was wed to Giovanni Sforza This nion was admittedly based on a vendetta in retaliation to an affront to the Pope made by the King of Aragon in Naples The marriage was later annulled on the pretext that it had never been consummated History proved otherwiseWith Giovanni out of the way Lucretia was then betrothed to 2 Alfonso d Aragona but he too fell into disfavor and was conveniently done away with by Cesare Lucretia s arrogant and malevolent brother Even motherhood did not stop Alexander from moving Lucretia forward on a mission to expand the empire and his influence for by this time she had proven that she was a skillful administrator and a person who could easily gain the love and the loyalty of her people After the ntimely demise of spouse number two negotiations were readily in place for3 Alfonso d Este the Duke of Ferrara His fame as a military man was renown He was particularly adept in the knowledge and The Dummy Meets The Mummy! (Goosebumps SlappyWorld use of ammunitions and artillery This made him valuable to the Pope and to his people in their effort to expand the empire Lucretia was of such great value to him during his wars away from home because he knew that he could trust her with governing whilst he was awayOn the other hand when he was at home conjugalnions were freuent leaving Lucretia with a number of miscarriages and at least five living progeny freuent leaving Lucretia with a number of miscarriages and at least five living progeny first born was dutifully named after her father Rodrigo the Pope who spawned herThe foregoing is only a glimpse into the intrigue the debauchery the politics and the sexual innuendos that were an integral part of the Borgia s legacy intrigue the debauchery the politics and the sexual innuendos that were an integral part of the Borgia s legacy you wish to get down to of the Borgia s legacy you wish to get down to nitty gritty details on your own I dare you to attempt this historical documentaryImyself found it to be a rather difficult exercise Ms Bradford confused this reader by referring to her characters with different names jumping from one episode in the adventure to another and repeating various incidents ad infinatum Believe me if I were not focused or if I did not go back to check the references I would have been left in the proverbial dark Even at that I cannot say that I fully Male Medusa, Caught in Coils (Otherkind Kink: Male Medusa, understood the full impact of the strategies of war and the political machinations that weresed to achieve their goalsThis summary is but a brief description of interludes in the Borgia sstory One would have to read the book in order to delve further into the each move made on the chessboard of time during the reign of the Borgian dynastyGood LuckNote Bradford denies that Lucretia was a pawn in the Pope s power moves I have been looking for a book about Lucrezia that told her complete life story so many books only cover her childhood or her first or second marriage This non fiction book covered it allThe notorious Borgia familyall three husbands Giovanni Sforza Alfonso of Aragon and Alfonso d EsteThe Italian Wars and an intimate look and detailed history about the city of Ferrara where Lucrezia s life ended I m not a big non fiction fan but this book answered my Leaving Loneliness uestions I just visited Ferrara and saw The Este Palace and the tomb s of The Este family at Corpus Domini I wanted information about thisiet town and detailed information about who was in those dungeons and why I found it interesting during the Italian wars how Isabella and Ferdinand of Aragon King Henry VII and VIII and course King Louis XII and Francis I of France were involved Bradford couldn t do a complete biography about Lucrezia without detailing all of these events and the people surrounding her This book is very complete I didn t find the author s style to be dry maybe because I was interested Bradford begins with Lucrezia s birth and debunks myths and raises facts about this family She The Man They Wanted Me to Be uses old documents to come to her conclusions If you want to know about this family this wonderful book will answer yourestions Lucrezia and Alfonso I s tomb at Corpus Domini Not the best shot but I had to be Literacy uick The nun was watchings Leaving the Dungeon where Giulio d Este was kept The author goes into great detail about this event Just look at how small the door is Imagine being down there نامه های عین القضات همدانی / جلد اول underground no electricity rats and etc Unfortunately Lucrezia Borgia promises a lot it doesn t deliver onThe book is only half about Lucrezia Bradford br. The very name Lucrezia Borgia conjuresp everything that was sinister and corrupt about the Renaissance incest political assassination papal sexual abuse poisonous intrigue Die Plotter unscrupulous power grabs Yet as bestselling biographer Sarah Bradford reveals in this breathtaking new portrait the truth is far fascinating than the myth Neither a vicious monster nor a seductive pawn Lucrezia Borgia was a shrewd determined woman whosed her beauty and intelligence to secure a key role in the political struggles of her. Lucrezia Borgia: Life, Love, and Death in Renaissance ItalyAnches out to tell the stories of not only those close to her but those who had barely anything to do with herThis could be excused as a way of teaching readers about Lucrezia s Italy Excepta Bradford drops so many names that only a historian could keep track of everyone and b Bradford tell The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl us little of what Lucrezia herself didFor example Bradford mentions that Lucrezia administered Ferrera while her husband was awaythen talks about said husband ignoring whatever Lucrezia did including fascinating things like judging the innocence or guilt of Ferrera s citizens Instead of building an interesting world in which Lucrezia had a part Bradford built a world in which Lucrezia faded into the background to be forgottenThe result is confusing and in parts dullAs a history fan I found a lot of interesting bits But anyone pickingp this book for Lucrezia might be disappointed Elizabeth ReuterAuthor The Demon of Renaissance Drive Long vilified as a murderess conspirator and partner to incest Lucrezia Borgia was overdue for a reappraisal by a serious historian able to blast past the stereotypes Sarah Bradford does exactly that by dint of meticulous research revealing the fascinating if turbulent life of the daughter of Pope Alexander VI Used by her father to advance his political ambitions Lucrezia endured an early marriage that was annulled Killing the Truth underestionable circumstances the brutal murder of her second husband and the destruction of her own reputation at the hands of her family s enemies She emerged from all that as a woman of strength and grace finding a degree of stability and even contentment in a third marriage that made her Duchess of Ferrera Bradford brings Lucrezia and her world vividly to life in the process raising provocative At Any Cost uestions about the need to re evaluate the role of women in general throughout history I could not disagree with the reviewers who are lambasting this book for its lack of purple prose and for not having the Antonia Frasier approach of just make stuffp Meticulously referenced and Havens Promise (Divine Designs, using vast amounts of primary sources as well as looking in a measured way at historical debates this is exactly what a biography should be and Lucrezia emerges from her own voice and those of the people around her rather than as a trashy historical fiction heroineWhat emerges is fascinating a woman surrounded by violence and intrigue and incredibly able and politically adept with the Borgia resilience that allowed her toickly recover from the horrible fates of those she loved without losing any of her devotion to their murderers a woman of great and apparently sincere piety and complete sexual amorality a woman who would condone her brother s hideous miscarriages of justice and yet spent much of her time pleading for clemency for prisoners a loving and happily married wife who carried on long term adulterous affairs Her contradictions are the most interesting part Given great power and riches at a very young age living a life of almost obscene self indulgence governing cities by seventeen thrust into temporary marriages as stepping stones for her family and loving excessively a father and brothers of stunning brutality the Lucrezia depicted here is morally ambiguous but very definitely a strong and intelligent woman of nusual gifts and capabilities neither the monster nor the passive innocent of fictionPerhaps the most fascinating part of her life is the part most ignored by sensationalists who focus on her Borgia connection her life in Ferrarra That she could largely negotiate her own marriage into a family who were desperate to escape having to accept her marrying into them and win the hearts minds and trust of at least the male members of the family though never her sister in law is an incredible achievement That the marriage wasn t annulled when the Borgia connection became a disadvantage and there were reasons enough for an annulment and that in fact she was freuently trusted to rule Ferrarra for long periods of time is even impressive Lucrezia s delicate handling of her lover s affection and trust to help save Ferrarra from a hostile Pope shows her great ability and the fact that she managed to and the fact that she managed to herself from the notorious bastard Lucrezia Borgia to the beloved and almost niversally respected Duchess of Ferrarra hailed on all sides as a beautiful modest wise and above all good princess is an incredible story I spent most of the book marvelling at not just her canny intelligence but the incredible charm she must have exerted to win so many hostile men including her family s implacable enemies over to her sideThis is an excellent telling of her life scholarly but not dense readable but not sensationalised measured and fair and Approaching the Guitar using sourcesniue to this book It relies on the authentic voices of the Renaissance to bring out the extraordinary impact this woman managed to have on her timeIt s probably sad then that the most striking fact that remains with me is her timeIt s probably sad then that the most striking fact that remains with me is Lucrezia and her father in law shared a hobby of collecting nuns 45 starsThis is a good thorough biography of Lucrezia Borgia daughter of Pope Alexander VI from her beginnings as a Borgia daughter to her end as the Duchess of Ferrara Bradford discusses Lucrezia s life relationships marriages births and affairs sing plenty of primary sources and where necessary engages with and debates the work of other writers who work with this period Lucrezia s life is discussed within its context Bradford never fails to inform the reader about what is going on all around Lucrezia and the actions of her relatives especially her brother Cesare and her father which may annoy some but for me helped me nderstand why Lucrezia did some of the things she did I particularly enjoyed the last two thirds of the book when Lucrezia begins her life in Ferrara as this is where novels of Lucrezia tend to stop or non fiction focuses on the other Borgias I was interested to learn about Lucrezia s husband Alfonso d Este too and his diplomatic relationships including those with the kings of France and England Henry VIII is always popping Can I Tell You about Nystagmus? up where you least expect him In short the content of this book is excellentBradford s portrayal is sympathetic yet fair the age old tales of Lucrezia poisoning and committing incest are discussed and debunkedsing good scholarship and Bradford generally Last Whales uses the source material well My only real problem here is Bradford s apparent refusal to consider that the famous Infans Romanus Giovanni Borgia could have been Lucrezia s child Even where the evidence suggests he could be. Day Born the illegitimate daughter of Rodrigo Cardinal Borgia and his scheming mistress Vannozza Cattanei Lucrezia was twelve when her father became Pope Alexander VI and thirteen when she was forced into her first marriage She would marry twice gaining increasing power with each matchntil she came into her own as duchess of the city state of Ferrara Bradford argues that in her maturity Lucrezia was an enlightened ruler kind and decisive in time of war generous to the poets and artists of her court passiona.