Blood and Beauty: A Novel About the Borgias [Sarah Dunant] on * FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF. As an acclaimed author of Italian historical novels, it was only a matter of time until Sarah Dunant turned her attention to the notorious Borgia. In her evocation of this scene in “Blood and Beauty,” her novel about the notorious Borgias, Sarah Dunant sends papal guards rushing to save.

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Half way through, I felt like she had the mojo back, and I was totally hooked. The author manages to get the right balance of intrigue, fear, naked ambition and danger into the storyline, which rattles along at a great pace.

One could argue it’s hard to write a bad book about The Borgias, given the plot lines History has given us: Your email address will not be published. Lucrezia can sew and smile and do all the right things, but the wind can change and with it her fate.

May 13, Despanish rated it did not like it Shelves: Cesare is, of course, the ultimate in jaunty evil. If the Borgias are to triumph, this charismatic, consummate politician with a huge appetite for life, women, and power must use papacy and family—in particular, his eldest son, Cesare, and his daughter Lucrezia—in order to succeed. Try the Kindle edition and experience these great reading features: Jul 16, Pages Buy.

Ultimately, what irks me about this book is that Sarah Dunant comes very close to capturing these complex characters, but she doesn’t consistently deliver. LitFlash The eBooks you want at the lowest prices. One minute Florence is in favour, then it is Naples, then Naples is back out again and France is the new ally.


Dialogue, however, is certainly not Dunant’s strong point; in particular, several of Cesare’s lines were just laughable. Such beauyy material warrants a readable, exciting book!

I don’t know anything about the history of the Borgias, their reputation or in fact this historical period. The writing is just so poor. I think my complaints come from the feeling that I don’t know what I am reading: Dunant’s clearly done her research, and I appreciate an accurate and sympathetic fictional account of the family. I think that the period in which the Borgias beaugy was a particularly interesting time in history.

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Looking for More Great Reads? The surge of the narrative is compelling. And while I am saying it, my head is busting with facts, places, ideas, and an ever-growing cast of outrageous characters. I really had to fight my way into this novel.

Second, while she described Cesare Borgia’s wrestlings with his father over wanting to establish and lead the pope’s armies and leave the Cardinalship, she does not really let the reader know the significance of bloov regaining the papal states. Historical Fiction Literary Fiction Category: Why can’t they get along? I am amazed this family got away with the things they did but money talks, I suppose.

But looking beyond them, it also presents an overarching portrait of the European political scene, including the changing alliances and deadly jockeying for supremacy among Rome, Naples, Milan, France, and Spain. sarag


Aug 26, David W. There has been a great deal written about the Borgias, not to mention television shows, movies and even video games centered around them.

Central characters like Jofre Borgia, his wife Sancia and Juan Borgia are simply one dimensional caricatures.

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At the book’s heart is Roderigo pope, devoted family man, easily moved to tears yet ruthless when necessary and the wonderfully menacing and yet dangerously charismatic Cesare who steals beautyy scene in which he appears. I had to fight Giovanni for the toilet.

On the other hand, this allowed us to see the bigger picture outside the personal dramas of the family, sarau light upon the political turmoil in other parts of Europe. Hardcoverpages. Emerging gradually from amidst the multiple story strands is a shining thread of feminine empowerment.

I will give a few examples. Published July 16th by Random House first published May I think it takes a talented author to tell a compelling tale without giving into all of the salacious gossip. And I’m happy that it is being done in two separate books, because it is a big topic. If history has left some blanks in this regard, Dunant fills them. The members of this close-knit family emerge as dynamic characters, flawed but sympathetic, filled with fear and longing.

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