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Les Borgia

3.62  ·  Rating Details ·  1,441 Ratings  ·  60 Reviews
Vers 1840, les directeurs de journaux et les éditeurs s'arrachent Dumas, qui entreprend " Les crimes célèbres ", vaste saga historique de la violence. du meurtre et du sang. La figure de César Borgia, fils du pape Alexandre VI, cardinal à seize ans et condottiere absolu ensuite, domine cette famille illustre qui va se construire un royaume dans l'Italie renaissante. César, ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 277 pages
Published May 19th 2011 by Pocket (first published 1840)
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Paloma
Feb 10, 2017 Paloma marked it as to-read
After more than a year of not making any progress with this book, I am letting it go. I must confess that reading in French is quite a challenge for me, and if you add this is French from some centuries ago and this is really not a novel... oh well. maybe it was not our time yet...
Sakura87
Quella dei Borgia è certamente la famiglia più chiacchierata della storia rinascimentale. La loro fama è dovuta non solo al carisma della figura di Cesare Borgia, il feroce condottiero che ispirò Il Principe di Machiavelli, ma soprattutto alla dissolutezza, presunta o reale, che è stata a lungo attribuita al cardinale Rodrigo (al secolo Papa Alessandro VI) e ai figli Lucrezia e Cesare e che oggi si tende a screditare. Le loro relazioni incestuose, le orge e le bestialità tenute nel Palazzo Apost ...more
T.J.
Mar 22, 2013 T.J. rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The infamous Borgia family certainly provides enough fodder for a page-turning drama-- power, sex, murder, incest, adultery, war, religion, corruption--but all too often the narrative pull is weighed down by an encyclopedic recitation of inconsequential facts.

Instead of letting the larger than life personalities dominate the story, we get an endless parade of military formations, troop movements, and a history of Swiss mercenaries. While the center of action is dominated by the unholy trinity of
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Gaby
Както и на самата книга пише, тя е документална биография, изпълнена изцяло с исторически факти, без субективни оценки или лирически отклонения. Александър Дюма прави проучване, базирано на множество източници, за Борджиите, което хронологически излага тук. Прочетох 60-тина страници, в които през по-голямата част от времето ми беше трудно да следя действащите персонажи. Боравех с два разделителя като единият стоеше на бележките в края на книгата, защото почти на всяка страница има по 4-5 имена н ...more
W.C. Hart
Alexandre Dumas provided an excellent view of the events surrounding the Borgias and their many corrupt and criminal deeds. It was fascinating to read from the perspective of a time nearly 150 years closer to the Borgias than now. It was also a time when access to and availability of research materials was far more limited than today, and even the relationship between individuals and governments to the Church was far different than now. However, that said,I found this book at times a difficult r ...more
Kesha
Oct 08, 2013 Kesha rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Read the Art & Poetry Publishing edition and probably would've given this three stars except for the annoying interchangeability of the letter o with the letter a as well as the confusing and nonsensical usage of commas throughout the text.
José Daniel
C'est un livre intéressant, mais difficile à lire: il n'y a pas de séparation entre chapitres, et plusieurs de fois les histoires se mélangent parmi eux. Cependant il emmène des réponses aux questions spécifiques sur la vie et faites des Borgia, et sur le monde de ces jours.
Savina
Nov 04, 2016 Savina rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: eh, history, crime, adult, audio
All You Can Read Books.com had this so I listened to it. It's narrated by numerous people, some of which made the content boring so it made for some hard listening. The content was not entirely what I expected it to be, focusing for quite a while on more of the military enemies of the Borgias than the family itself.
Ron Smith
This book is a history of the Borgia family including a Pope and of course Lucretia and her brothers etc. Lots of killing, intrigue and warfare are there but the style of writing reads more like a series of newspaper stories, and therefore it is not a real page turner.
Trina Dienger
Jun 11, 2013 Trina Dienger rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I’ve read many biographies of Cesare Borgia and family so I’m knowledgeable about when novels skewer the history behind repair. While the history in most books is adequate the characterizations are poor, especially since most tend to write Cesare off as a psychopath, something that annoys me given I don’t view him in that light.

To view Cesare in the morals of our own period, as is often done, is wrong and ignores everything that makes Cesare great and the Prince Niccolo Machiavelli wrote about.
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Paolo Gianoglio
Quante volte nella vita ho rimpianto di non aver meglio studiato la storia a scuola? La storia dei Borgia, del papato di Papa Alessandro VI alla fine del 1400, coincide con uno dei periodi più sconvolgenti della storia italiana: la discesa di Carlo VIII, quella di Luigi XII, e gli innumerevoli passaggi di mano dei territori lombardi, emiliani, toscani e laziali. Savonarola, Pier Capponi, Ludovico il Moro, Lucrezia Borgia: tutti nomi che abbiamo sentito milioni di volte ma che non sappiamo più co ...more
Dess
The Borgia inspired many stories and many authors. They tempted many to write about them, to glorify them, to debase them, to make them a fiction, an almost symbolic figures of a symbolic era. More than five centuries later, it’s impossible to know how much of the told is actually true and how many a subjective judgment of characters.
Alexander Dumas just like the Borgia inspired many stories and offered his life to eternal speculations. In the 1840’s he wanted to write documentary stories about
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La Stamberga dei Lettori
Dec 21, 2011 La Stamberga dei Lettori rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sakura87
Quella dei Borgia è certamente la famiglia più discussa della storia rinascimentale. La loro fama è dovuta non solo al carisma della figura di Cesare Borgia, il feroce condottiero che ispirò Il Principe di Machiavelli, ma soprattutto alla dissolutezza, presunta o reale, che è stata a lungo attribuita al cardinale Rodrigo (al secolo Papa Alessandro VI) e ai figli Lucrezia e Cesare e che oggi si tende a screditare. Le loro relazioni incestuose, le orge e le bestialità tenute nel Palazzo Apostolico ...more
Pat


Monsieur Dumas, ditemi, che scherzo è questo? È come se di vostro ci fosse solo qualche graffio d’inchiostro. Suvvia, sputate il rospo! C’è anche qui la penna di Maquet? Lo so, lo so, ve lo avevo già chiesto per Il tulipano nero. E colgo l'occasione per ricordarvi che non mi avete risposto. O avete approfittato di Fiorentino?
Chi diavolo dovevate soddisfare? Avete abbandonato il teatro per dimostrare il vostro genio narrativo. La Storia v’è servita per preparare i capolavori a venire? Del resto v
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Yassine
Un livre particulièrement intéressant, paru dans la série Crime Célèbres. Les Borgia est un récit historique par excellence, très documenté, trop même? Alexandre Dumas y décrit la débauche de cette famille, accusée par différents historiens de fratricides, d'inceste, de meurtre, trahison..

Mais Alexandre Dumas ne s'attarde que peu sur la vie des personnages, c'est les batailles, les alliances et les empoisonnements décrit minutieusement, mettant en évidence l'intelligence de ce personnage mystéri
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Elisabeth
Oct 03, 2012 Elisabeth rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Version française: Les Borgia

Chronique sur la vie de César Borgia et en filigrane sur l'Italie et le pontificat de son père Alexandre VI.
César est le modèle du Prince de Machiavel, son contemporain.
Alexandre Dumas n'avait pas accès aux recherches historiques d'aujourd'hui. Il s'est basé sur les récits des contemporains, souvent en italien, parfois teinté de préjugés ou de flatterie. Il faut aussi départager les légendes de la réalité. Il n'y a pas toujours concordance entre la chronique et les
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Sandra
The problem for me with the book was its writing style. I've read Alexandre Dumas' fiction, and I liked his writing style there. For me, this book read as fact upon fact. And while you got to understand the situations (mostly, anyway), I didn't grow to care for any of the characters. Nor did this book go particularly deep.

But the fact with a fact book is that I want to know where the facts come from. How else will you be able to judge how reliable the book is? And though Dumas cites some biograp
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CD
In the last of the 'while reading' comments, I said that I would not be reading any more of this now. I have read the entire book previously. This was reading of a familiar work on a new/different e-reader* and I enjoyed it!

I haven't added e-books until recently but now that is becoming a larger issue so it was time. Not planning on differentiating between different platforms other than just having accessed the book virtually.


The stories of the Borgia clan are timeless. Whether this work, Machi
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Tom
Mar 09, 2013 Tom rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Unlike the TV series of the same name, Alexandre Dumas writes of the historic events concerning Enrico Borgia, Pope Alexander VI and his family. A great deal of the book dwells on the activities of the son, Cesar Borgia, and his influence on Europe, particularly Italy, during the late 15th to early 16th century.

Alexander VI was not the nicest man who ever lived, his life was spotted with un-christain activities. Many people would criticize him as a Pope and point out how horrible Catholics are t
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Silvia269
Questo libro ha fondamentalmente due pecche: una è che la storia dei Borgia è molto romanzata; la seconda, non imputabile a Dumas, bensì alla casa editrice, è la scritta fuorviante "narrativa" sulla copertina del libro. L'opera infatti non è un romanzo, ma un saggio, facente parte di una serie di saggi che Dumas scrisse a proposito di vari personaggi storici ritenuti all'epoca interessanti dal pubblico francese. Per cui non vi troverete a leggere un romanzo nel caratteristico stile avvincente de ...more
Lane Beaton
Jan 12, 2015 Lane Beaton rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have read many other books about the Borgia and I was hoping that Alexandre Dumas account, having been somewhat closer in time, would perhaps have details that I had not read. There were a few but for the most part it included nothing I had not heard in the past. His account is well described and his writing is very descriptive, and enjoyed the entire story once again. Much of the accounts of the poisoning perpetrated by the Borgia family is now disputed as it was mostly obtained from his serv ...more
Anna Prejanò
Avendo atteso anni per vedere il seguito della serie di Tom Fontana, ho pensato di godermela di più approfondendo i dati storici con una lettura non troppo impegnativa, e il saggio di Dumas mi pareva promettente e adatto allo scopo (nonostante un certo fastidio suscitato dall’immagine di copertina, tratta dall’altra serie sui Borgia, non dalla mia favorita). Didascalico e compilativo, assolve la funzione di chiarire il complicato scacchiere politico del tempo ma lo fa con una narrazione piatta e ...more
Mary
Jul 29, 2012 Mary rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical-ish
This book is neither a novel nor an essay, it's a weird mixture of both. I was expecting way more from Dumas and instead I got this hybrid: some parts are good old Dumas, well written and carefully plotted, but there are several scenes throughout the book that are completely inaccurate. The author tends to include in his work a lot of false beliefs and prejudice against the Borgia family and I didn't like the dichotomy Cesare = bad/Juan = good. The whole thing should have been longer and more no ...more
Monica
Dumas is as entertaining in non-fiction as he is in fiction, but I would not recommend this book to fans of the Borgias. As relative as Dumas' retelling may be, there is enough wickedness, duplicity, and lack of good faith and honor (though told in a straightforward and not a moralizing manner) to sicken the reader and color forever their view of the man whom "Machiavelli presents to all princes as a model of ability, diplomacy, and courage." What a mystery!
John
Dec 26, 2014 John rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
This was a heavy read but a fascinating account of the history at the time and the machinations of the pope and his cardinals, royalty and upper echelons of society. If ever you need to prove that absolute power corrupts absolutely, you need go no further than this account.

Next time I am in need of some historical reality, I may try reading about Lucretia Borgia who counted among her physical lovers both her father who was Pope Alexander VI and her brother.
Zoe
Mar 10, 2015 Zoe rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved "The Borgias" on Showtime. This fact based historical narrative is clearly well researched and as gripping as any fiction. Although the book was written more than 170 years ago, the story line is easy to follow. Dumas tells why some of the crimes attributed to the Borgia family, simply can not be. We also learn that what may seem scandalous today, (Cardinals & Bishops keeping women on the side) was pretty common place for the time.
Marie-aimée
Aug 21, 2012 Marie-aimée rated it liked it
Shelves: french, action, fr, novels, drama
Cet ouvrage n'est pas un roman, je dirais que c'est plutôt une sorte de chronique historique qui reconstitue les tribulations du trio infernal du pape Alexandre VI, Lucrèce et César Borgia, dans leur course au pouvoir et aux richesses. Dumas a fait là un travail assez remarquable, démêle la complexité des évènements, et l'enchevêtrement des personnages. Imaginez ce que ça aurait donné en version romancée !
Gayle
Jul 17, 2012 Gayle rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition

Very much a more militaristic view of the life of the Borgia clan. Extremely dry reading. Very little about Lucrezia, more about Caesar (I've always seen it spelled as Cesare.....) and somewhat about Rodrigo/Pope Alexander. And while I realize this is a translation from Italian, it was full of spelling errors which absolutely drove me nuts.
Yann Julien
Alexandre Dumas est mon auteur préféré.
Là, je n'ai pas retrouvé le style, le récit qui se lit "comme du petit lait"; même le rythme est chaotique, pourtant certains -très bons- éléments sont là, l'intrigue, les empoisonnements au sein de cette famille qui a marqué l'histoire et l'imaginaire collectif. Peut-être Auguste Maquet était-il absent de ce livre...
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  • The Life of Cesare Borgia
  • Cesare Borgia: His Life and Times
  • Gautier Récits Fantastiques
  • Lucrezia Borgia and the Mother of Poisons
  • The Borgias
  • Lucrezia Borgia
  • L'étonnante aventure de la mission Barsac
  • The Life & Legend Of Lucrezia Borgia
  • Lucretia Borgia According to Original Documents and Correspondence of Her Day
  • Selected Letters
  • The Master of Verona (Star-Cross'd #1)
  • The Viceroys
  • Catherine De' Medici
  • The Explorer
  • L'età sottile
  • I Bastardi di Pizzofalcone
  • The Borgias and Their Enemies: 1431-1519
  • A neve ferma
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This note regards Alexandre Dumas, père, the father of Alexandre Dumas, fils (son). For the son, see Alexandre Dumas.

Alexandre Dumas, père (French for "father", akin to Senior in English), born Dumas Davy de la Pailleterie, was a French writer, best known for his numerous historical novels of high adventure which have made him one of the most widely read French authors in the world. Many of his no
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