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Blood And Beauty

by Sarah Dunant

HarperCollins Publishers Ltd | July 8, 2013 | Hardcover

Blood And Beauty is rated 2 out of 5 by 2.

A visceral, epic novel that challenges what we know about history''s most dynamic and maligned Renaissance family, the Borgias

Rooted in the energetic, brutal and corrupt world of 15th-century Italy, Blood and Beauty opens with Cardinal Rodrigo Borgia, clever and charismatic, buying his way to the Papal crown. In this he is not unusual. Neither is the fact that he has illegitimate children. What does mark him is his blood; he is a Spaniard in a country run by established Italian families. To thrive, even to survive, he must create his own dynasty using the papacy and his family as the building blocks of power. His son Cesare is his most brilliant pupil. Fearless and calculating (later immortalized in Machiavelli''s The Prince), he provides the driving energy and the muscle. The Pope''s daughter, Lucrezia, beloved by both men, is their marriage tool. Just twelve when the novel opens, she is to have one dynastic union annulled and a second-beloved-husband murdered by her own brother to make way for a third strategic marriage-all before the age of twenty. Hers is a journey from pawn to political player.

Using the high-wire tension of a political thriller, this portrait of power and its personal costs is the most thrilling family saga to come out of Italy since The Godfather. The Borgias emerge not as the poisoning sexual monsters of popular myth, but in all their ruthless determination and complex humanity.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 528 pages, 9.5 × 6.63 × 1.61 in

Published: July 8, 2013

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1443406449

ISBN - 13: 9781443406444

Found in: Fiction and Literature

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Historical detail abounds The Borgia family has come down to us in history as sexually depraved gluttons with poison on their mind. With this interpretation, you will find more history and less unsubstantiated gossip. With details that are so real, you feel like you have entered the 15th century, thanks to Dunant. And isn't that an amazing feat? I quite enjoyed my time travel.
Date published: 2014-01-26
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Uninteresting Blood and Beauty was boring. I found that the book was all very descriptive and little dialogue. It felt like Dunant was trying to write a history book, but with a bit of dialogue in. And not a good history book, either! I didn’t find it terribly engaging and the character of Cesare, surely one of the most fascinating men in history, to be almost... watered down. Yes, there are hints of incest between him and Lucrezia, but it felt tacked on. And the Infant Romanus is generally agreed to be the child of Lucrezia. If he had been Alexander’s son, surely he would have acknowledged him. Dunant’s book also reminded me vaguely of Jean Plaidy’s two books on Lucrezia’s life. In fact, it was just a little too similar, but Plaidy’s books were much more engaging. They both even end at the same point. Read the Plaidy books instead. Yes, there’s no sex in her books, but I can find better sex scenes in Cosmo than in Blood and Beauty.
Date published: 2014-03-02

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Blood And Beauty

by Sarah Dunant

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 528 pages, 9.5 × 6.63 × 1.61 in

Published: July 8, 2013

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1443406449

ISBN - 13: 9781443406444

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A visceral, epic novel that challenges what we know about history''s most dynamic and maligned Renaissance family, the Borgias

Rooted in the energetic, brutal and corrupt world of 15th-century Italy, Blood and Beauty opens with Cardinal Rodrigo Borgia, clever and charismatic, buying his way to the Papal crown. In this he is not unusual. Neither is the fact that he has illegitimate children. What does mark him is his blood; he is a Spaniard in a country run by established Italian families. To thrive, even to survive, he must create his own dynasty using the papacy and his family as the building blocks of power. His son Cesare is his most brilliant pupil. Fearless and calculating (later immortalized in Machiavelli''s The Prince), he provides the driving energy and the muscle. The Pope''s daughter, Lucrezia, beloved by both men, is their marriage tool. Just twelve when the novel opens, she is to have one dynastic union annulled and a second-beloved-husband murdered by her own brother to make way for a third strategic marriage-all before the age of twenty. Hers is a journey from pawn to political player.

Using the high-wire tension of a political thriller, this portrait of power and its personal costs is the most thrilling family saga to come out of Italy since The Godfather. The Borgias emerge not as the poisoning sexual monsters of popular myth, but in all their ruthless determination and complex humanity.

About the Author

She began her career writing mysteries, but with her last book, TRANSGRESSIONS (ReganBooks/HarperCollins), graduated to more ambitious, cutting-edge psychological thrillers. Three of her six books, including TRANSGRESSIONS, have been shortlisted for Britain's prestigious Edgar equivalent, the Golden Dagger award, and her third novel, FATLANDS, won the Silver Dagger. As a journalist and critic she has worked extensively in print, radio and television, where for many years she hosted her own show on BBC2. She has also edited two books of essays. Dunant lives in London with her family.

Editorial Reviews


"Dunant?s biggest and best work to date, this intelligently readable account of formative events and monster players has Hilary Mantel?era quality best-seller stamped all over it."
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