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The Life of Cesare Borgia

Rafael Sabatini

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. . .n a step in the glorious enterprise that awaited the French king, for from Naples he could cross to engage the Turk, and win back the Holy Sepulchre, thus becoming a second Charles the Great.

1 See Corlo, Storia di Milano, and Lodovico's letter to Charles VIII, quoted therein, lib. vii.

Thus Lodovico Maria the crafty, to dazzle Charles the romantic, and to take the bull of impending invasion by the very horns.

We have seen the failure of the appeal to Spain against the Pope made by the King of Naples. To that failure was now added the tightening of Rome's relations with Milan by the marriage between Lucrezia Borgia and Giovanni Sforza, and Ferrante—rumours of a French invasion, with Naples for its objective being already in the air—realized that nothing remained him but to make another attempt to conciliate the Pope's Holiness. And this time he went about his negotiations in a manner better calculated to serve his ends, since his . . . Read More

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Three reasons I read this book. First, my wife is a descendant of Caesare Borgia through Charlotte d’Albret, the 17 year old French woman whom he married at 27, a political arrangement designed to gain support of the French. He lived with her for four months, leaving her pregnant in France, before r

Since there are now a couple of cable series about the Borgias, The Borgias on Showtime and Borgia: Faith and Fear, I have had a look at what most of the world thinks about the Borgias. Everyone knows that Lucrezia Borgia was a poisoner without peer and I seem to remember she was involved The Shaggy

Best known for his swashbuckling adventures, Sabatini here turns his hand to nonfiction. More or less. Refreshing as it is to read a book about Cesare Borgia that isn't heavily biased against the entire family and gives credence to every spurious disparaging rumour that ever circulated about them, t

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Early on in The Life of Cesare Borgia : Classic Edition With Original Illustrations Kindle Edition
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Sabatini does not takes sides but faces off with the facts presenting a vary unbiased and realistic view of one of the worlds most infamous families.

I don’t think Sabatini’s work is as whitewashing as I thought it would be, by reading the reviews. Whitewashing for me is more like Meyer’s bio or even Lev's bio on Caterina Sforza. Sabatini knows how to be fair, at least with the Borgias, without excusing every little bad deed they did. The thing i

The book of my beloved Cesare. It was a very detailed book of his life and very difficult to read since it has difficult words for non-English speaker.

I bought this book in 2016, but finished just in 2021. And it took me so long to finish this book, because I wanted to enjoy it as long as possible a

I see most comments here are made by people who seem to think that the televised version is the accurate historiography. The book was researched and presented well. As a historian I enjoyed the book immensely. Bravo!

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