The Borgias

By G. J. Meyer

The Borgias
The Borgias

In a remarkable new account by the acclaimed author of The Tudors and A World Undone, the startling truth behind one of history's most notorious dynasties is revealed. G. J. Meyer offers an unprecedented portrait of the infamous Renaissance family and their storied milieu, sweeping aside the gossip,... slander, and distortion that have surrounded the Borgias for centuries. They arose from obscurity in Spain not once, but twice, to claim the great prize of the papacy. They occupied center stage in the glorious and bloody pageant known to us as the Italian Renaissance for half a century, serving as popes, statesmen, warriors, lovers, and breathtakingly ambitious political adventurers. They stood at the epicenter of the power games in which Europe's kings and Italy's warlords gambled for life and death stakes. They remain immutable symbols of the depths to which humanity can descend five centuries after their fall—a fall even more sudden than their rise to power: Rodrigo Borgia, who bought the papal crown and prostituted the Roman Church; Cesare Borgia, who became a teenage cardinal and then the most treacherous cutthroat of a violent time; Lucrezia Borgia, who was as shockingly immure as she was ruthless. These names have long been associated with unspeakable evil in the dark history of European villainy. But, did these fabled Borgias ever exist? Meyer provides fascinating new insight into the real people within the age-encrusted myth by grounding his narrative in extensive research and drawing from rarely examined key sources. The light he shines on the brilliant circles in which the Borgias moved, as well as the thrilling era they helped shape, a time of wars and political convulsions that reverberate to this day, when Western civilization simultaneously wallowed in appalling brutality and soared to extraordinary heights, is equally illuminating. G. J. Meyer's The Borgias is an indelible work sure to become the new standard on a family and a world that continue to enthrall.Praise for The Borgias "A vivid and at times startling reappraisal of one of history's most notorious dynasties...If you think you know the Borgias, this book will surprise you."—Tracy Borman, author of Queen of the Borgias “Meyer brings his considerable skills to another infamous Renaissance family, the Borgias [and] a fresh look into the machinations of power in Renaissance Italy.”—Booklist “Meyer brings his considerable skills to another infamous Renaissance family, the Borgias [and] a fresh look into the machinations of power in Renaissance Italy.”—Booklist “Fascinating... a gripping history of a turbulent time and an infamous family.”—Shelf Awareness “Fascinating... a gripping history of a tempestuous time and an infamous family.”—Historical Novels Review

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The Borgias

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216 Pages
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To his credit, Meyer (The Tudors) is forthright about how this supposed “hidden history” of the Italian Renaissance’s most controversial family came to be: it is the product of “[a] year of research o

Meyer has written a book that will change the way you think about the Borgias (Showtime or no Showtime), and more importantly, he’s written a book that will change the way you think about history-writing itself.

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