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The Shame of Motley: being the memoir of certain t

Rafael Sabatini

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Pesaro before morning, and as we rode we talked, and I made bold to ask her the cause of her flight from Rome.

She told me then that she was Madonna Paola Sforza di Santafior, and that Pope Alexander, in his nepotism and his desire to make rich and powerful alliances for his family, had settled upon her as the wife for his nephew, Ignacio Borgia. He had been emboldened to this step by the fact that her only protector was her brother, Filippo di Santafior, whom they had sought to coerce. It was her brother, who, seeing himself in a dangerous and unenviable position, had secretly suggested flight to her, urging her to repair to her kinsman Giovanni Sforza at Pesaro. Her flight, however, must have been speedily discovered and the Borgias, who saw in that act a defiance of their supreme authority, had ordered her pursuit.

But for me, she concluded, that pursuits must have resulted in her capture, and once they had her back in Rome, willing or unwilling, . . . Read More

Community Reviews

Clothes make the man or: Narry a swash gets buckled
As an off and on reader of the prolific Raphael Sabatini, this outing-The Shame of Motley: being the memoir of certain transactions in the life of Lazzaro Biancomonte, of Biancomonte, sometime fool of the court of Pesaro was a let down. Our protagon

Es una lectura entretenida, que cuenta una historia de estilo caballerezco ubicada en un ambiente italiano.

Las historias son más que inverosímiles pero que logran atrapar al lector pensando en la belleza de la protagonistas (Madonna Paola).

Cada peripecia del protagonista es resuelta más por la fortu

Sabatini rarely fails to please with adventure, romance, humor and history. The Shame of Motley is not as good at Captain Blood, Scaramouche or The Sea Hawk, but it's a fun story with plenty of tension and action. I'm surprised it wasn't made into a movie. While not his best work, it lends itself to

The Shame of Motley is a swashbuckler romance first published in 1908, set in Italy at the turn of the 16th/17th century. The main character, Lazzaro Biancomonte, is of noble birth but now reduced to the role of a court fool. His redemption comes in his part in an adventure involving the Madonna Pao