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Light on Lucrezia (Lucrezia Borgia #2)

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Light on Lucrezia is the compelling story of a beautiful woman caught up in a tortuous web of fear and love.

Born into Rome's notorious Borgia family, Lucrezia's life so far has been coloured by violence and betrayal. Now, married for the second time at just eighteen she hopes for happiness with her handsome husband Alfonso. But faced with brutal murder she's soon torn be

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Published (first published 1958)
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Kayla (The Bookish Owl)
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Going into this book, I had no idea that this was the second book in the series. I started Light on Lucrezia with a bit of trepidation since I wasn’t sure if I would understand the story as it was a sequel, following Madonna of the Seven Hills, the first book in Jean Plaidy’s Lucrezia Borgia series. However, it was soon evident that this book could be read as a stand-alone because there was no confusion, not even a hint that another book preceeded it.

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It was fairly good until (view spoiler) then the rest of the book drags on with not much happening.
Phil Syphe
The novel opens in 1498 when eighteen-year-old Lucrezia is about to be married for a second time.

As with the previous book, the core of the story is Lucrezia’s relationship with her father – Pope Alexander VI – and her brother Cesare, only this time the mighty Borgias are seen in decline.

Cesare is arguably the best-drawn character. He, his charismatic father, and the beautiful Sanchia are my favourite characters, though the former two are far from likable as people.

The characterization is gene
Lindley Walter-smith
Pure novellised hagiography. Lucrezia is an unusual choice for a Mary Sue, and therefore this novel doesn't really work very well.
Kate Sherrod
I thoroughly enjoyed Plaidy's earlier look at the life of the infamous but possibly unfairly maligned Lucrezia Borgia, Madonna of the Seven Hills, in which Plaidy neatly focused, not on the most infamous rumors and legends about this woman and her family, but on how those nasty tales might have gotten started. This is a nice distinction, maybe -- you can't talk effectively about rumors without mentioning their content, at least in passing, after all -- but one that Plaidy is a master of making, ...more
While I quite liked the first book in the Lucrezia Borgia series, Madonna of the Seven Hills, I just can not get through this second book. Lucrezia's story does interest me but this book just drags on and on. Some parts where fun to read but for the most time I had to force myself to pick up this book and start reading again. I got to about half way but I give up.

The characters are lifeless and I don't feel involved with them at all. I believe I commented on that in my review of the first book a
[ book 2 of THE BORGIAS Series ]
Copyright 1958, 1974 by Jean Plaidy
Copyright renewed 1986 by Jean Plaidy
Penerbit : Elex Media Komputindo
Alih Bahasa : Eka Budiarti
Cetakan I : April 2013 ; 648 hlm

Lucrezia of Borgia – yang terkenal akan kecantikannya, sekaligus sejarah mengerikan berkaitan dengan kehidupan pribadinya karena ia merupakan anggota keluarga Borgia yang menguasai dunia politik Eropa pada abad ke Ayah kandung adalah Roderigo Borgia yang juga
Light on Lucrezia continues the story of Lucrezia Borgia from the first in the series, Madonna of the Seven Hills by Jean Plaidy. Dubbed 'the original crime family,' the Borgias were quite the interesting family and the myths that follow them are certainly intriguing.

Jean Plaidy is a phenomenal writer and her story is captivating. I was surprised that she portrayed Lucrezia as the innocent pawn since that seems to be a rare occurrence. While unexpected, it was not an unwelcome point of view. And
Light on Lucrezia is the sequel to Madonna on the Seven Hills. The novel opens with the moody Lucrezia preparing for her second marriage. The marriage has been arranged for her by her father, the Pope. She happens to be marrying Sanchia's brother, Alfonso. (Sanchia is her sister-in-law.) The two are a great couple; however, Lucrezia isn't to be allowed her happily ever after for politics and family interfere once again. After her husband's murder, Lucrezia's life is a bit of a mess. A third marr ...more
This is the first book of Plaidy's I've read that reads like a true sequel. It picks up right where Madonna of the Seven Hills ends. Lucrezia is no longer married and no longer with her former lover. The story opens with Alphonso traveling to Rome for his marriage to Lucrezia. Alphonso is the sister of Sanchia, who is the wife of Lucrezia brother, who is also the mistress of Lucrezia's other brother, who was also the mistress of Lucrezia's other brother until he was murdered by yes, his own and ...more
Ivana de Bona
There is nothing I could say to explain how I felt about this book. There just aren't any words near to fill the role.

I could try...
I loved this book. That is still not good enough to say.

Even though I didn't agree with some of the events in this book I loved it. I don't think I will ever forget about it.

I loved all the Borgia characters in the book and somehow their love for one another filled me with great joy.
They really were special, believe me.
Carrying on exactly where Madonna of the Seven Hills: A Novel of the Borgias left off this is the second half of Lucrezia's life and various births, marriages and murders that seemed all to common back then. I ended up feeling really sorry for poor Lucrezia come the end of the novel, used all her life as a pawn by her father and brother so when they were both gone so was completely and utterly on her own - Jean Plaidy shows Lucrezia in a far more sympathetic light than previous stories I had hea ...more
I found this book to be fascinating as well as for some reason repelling. In some ways,I actually felt badly for Cesare for the love that he felt for Lucrezia,and the love that she felt for him. It was doomed for they are both brother and sister, but they could not be satisfied with anybody else especially Cesare. He was very controlling, possessive, angry, and ambitious. Apparently, his only redeeming quality, ironically, was the love for his sister. Their father was no better, and Alexander VI ...more
What I've learned from Madonna of the Seven Hills and Light on Lucrezia is that this girl was stained by the reputation of her infamous family. The same family who she loved so much was the same family who gave her the most grief. It took me a very long time to get into this book. I got bogged down with the repetition of events (I mean really do I need a full report every time she washes her hair?) and the on/off switch of her grief. Several pages devoted to detailing Lucrezia's grief...until a ...more
This book did not impress me. The greatest disappointment is that Lucrezia became such a weak creature, completely dominated by her love for her brother and father to such an extent that her own happiness and destiny are thwarted.
In the previous volume, Lucrezia's own innocence was a strength to her, protecting her from the Borgia "taint." However, in this volume Lucrezia has no more innocence: she's aware of the evilness of her brother and the cunning of her father. Stripped of her innocence a
I found this to be a fascinating read even though the characters seemed a little one dimensional. This probably is indicative more of myh lack of knowledge of the historical period than of the book itself, so the book did a good job in terms of sparking my interest in reading more about the Borgias and their rule of Rome. Like many of Plaidy's novels, repetition of some passages intended to emphasize particular facets of characters' personalities or elements of the story actually detracts from t ...more
In this sequel to Madonna of the Seven Hills, Jean Plaidy reveals the life of a young girl, reared as a member of her father, Pope Alexander's court in the Vatican. The character grows somewhat as life and tragedy force her to do, but she never really becomes a woman in her own right. She remains foremost at the mercy of the men in her life. What I did find fascinating was the world in which she lived and the ruthlessness of her family, and rulers of city states in Italy at that time. Without gi ...more
Još jedna priča o Lukreciji i Borgijama. Prvi put čitam nešto od Jean Plaidy i baš mi se sviđa kako to radi. Jako dobro :)
Hmmm Well this book was actually pretty boring at times. I got confused with all the different characters and Plaidy seemed to repeat whole paragraphs here and there. Not one of Plaidy's best I don't think but this is only my 2nd. It seems as if she just wanted to quickly tell the rest of Lucrezia Borgia's life and there wasn't much effort or thought put into it. I did enjoy it at times because I think this time period in Italy is fascinating and the Borgia's are legendary. Plus the book seemed ...more
This book was written in the 50's and the author was pretty popular for romantic historical fiction - she seems to be the 1950s version of today's Phillipa Gregory........without the talent. The book has too much dialogue with little description. The book jumps around from character to character which makes things confusing. The main character of Lucrezia is very frustrating. She is portrayed as super naive which I doubt she was in real life. I wouldn't recommend the book.
easy reading . Intriguing subject
Karen Galber
This book shows Lucrezia Borgia in a different light. Not as the poisoner and one who committed incest with her brother and father but as a pawn in the game of both her family and the family she married into.
Lucrezia is portrayed as weak . Two of the men who Lucrezia really loves are murdered by her brother and yet Lucrezia love for her brother remains strong but this is a brother - sister love and not the other kind of love.
I enjoyed this sequel on Lucrezia Borgia but my enjoyment came mostly from my interest in Lucrezia. The book dragged a little but I was kept fascinated by finding out how Lucrezia lived her life. If I could only know the real truth of the relationship between her and Cesare!!
I liked it. It's got a lot of characters to learn of the days of intrigue between the royals of Italy, France and Spain. I didn't know there was a previous volume. Lucrezia Borgia was the daughter of the Pope in the 1500s. Had no idea.
This book was so boring that after about 50 pages I decided to just "lightly" skim the rest of the book. I was interested in the story, but not how it was written. First time Victoria Holt has let me down (Jean Plaidy is a pseudo).
Very fast read. Really enjoyed the story of Lucrezia. From all I ever knew about her she was the wicked relation of Catherine de Medici... But in reality it sounds like she lead a very sad life. Loved it.
Wasn't this hard to get through. I can't quite figure how Plaidy can give such an anti-stereotype portrayal of Lucrezia's character and yet get the other Borgias so wrong.
Daina Rowell
This was a very realistically portrayed historical fiction but to be honest, because of this, this book was just too depressing and frustrating for me.
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Sinopsis en Español // Synopsis in Spanish 1 1 Feb 12, 2015 10:14AM  
  • Lucrezia Borgia and the Mother of Poisons
  • Cesare Borgia: His Life and Times
  • Lucrezia Borgia
  • Lucrezia Borgia
  • The Borgia Betrayal (The Poisoner Mysteries, #2)
  • The Borgias and Their Enemies: 1431-1519
  • Sins of the House of Borgia
  • The Life of Cesare Borgia
  • Murder of a Medici Princess
  • The Queen of Last Hopes: The Story of Margaret of Anjou
  • The Rose of York: Fall from Grace (The Rose of York Trilogy, #3)
  • Eleanor the Queen
  • Queen's Confession: A Fictional Autobiography
  • The Lion and the Rose (The Borgias, #2)
  • The Secret Life of Josephine: Napoleon's Bird of Paradise
  • The Conquest
  • The French Mistress: A Novel of the Duchess of Portsmouth and King Charles II
  • The Scarlet Contessa
Eleanor Alice Burford, Mrs. George Percival Hibbert was a British author of about 200 historical novels, most of them under the pen name Jean Plaidy which had sold 14 million copies by the time of her death. She chose to use various names because of the differences in subject matter between her books; the best-known, apart from Plaidy, are Victoria Holt (56 million) and Philippa Carr (3 million). ...more
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Other Books in the Series

Lucrezia Borgia (3 books)
  • Madonna of the Seven Hills (Lucrezia Borgia, #1)
  • The Borgias: Two Novels in One Volume
The Lady in the Tower (Queens of England, #4) Murder Most Royal (Tudor Saga, #5) Katharine of Aragon: The Wives of Henry VIII (Tudor Saga, #2-4) The Rose Without a Thorn (Queens of England, #11) To Hold the Crown (Tudor Saga #1)

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