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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 match until 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. 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 Listening Woman by Tony Hillerman Summary & Study Guide until 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. 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

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

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

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 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. 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 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 this uiet 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 uses old documents to come to her conclusions If you want to know about this family this wonderful book will answer your uestions Lucrezia and Alfonso I s tomb at Corpus Domini Not the best shot but I had to be uick The nun was watching us 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 underground no electricity rats and etc Fishes of the Open Ocean up everything that was sinister and corrupt about the Renaissance incest political assassination papal sexual abuse poisonous intrigue Out of Bounds (Boundaries, 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 who Grass, Sky, Song used her beauty and intelligence to secure a key role in the political struggles of her. 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 Otter Chaos! (Otter Chaos 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 this The Illusionists uiet 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 O Último Testamento (Maggie Costello, uses old documents to come to her conclusions If you want to know about this family this wonderful book will answer your One for My Baby uestions Lucrezia and Alfonso I s tomb at Corpus Domini Not the best shot but I had to be Paragon Walk (Charlotte & Thomas Pitt, uick The nun was watching We us 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 The Moon Platoon (Space Runners, underground no electricity rats and etc

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Te in love and utterly 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. 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 under uestionable 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 uestions about the need to re evaluate the role of women in general throughout history


10 thoughts on “Lucrezia Borgia: Life, Love, and Death in Renaissance Italy

  1. says:

    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 stuff up” Meticulously referenced and 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

  2. says:

    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 int

  3. says:

    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 i

  4. says:

    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 using 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

  5. says:

    Unfortunately Lucrezia Borgia promises a lot it doesn't deliver onThe book is only half about Lucrezia Bradford branches 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 onl

  6. says:

    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 cen

  7. says:

    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 gre

  8. says:

    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 h

  9. says:

    You might ask why someone like me would continue to be a Catholic after reading this book Add to this the number of pedophile scanda

  10. says:

    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 give

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