Lucrezia Borgia: Life, Love, and Death in Renaissance Italy
What emerges is fascinati...more
Lucrezia Borgia was the daughter of Rodrigo Borgia, also known as Pope Alexander VI. She was the sister of Cesare Borgia who would strike fear in the hearts of many Italians in the late 1400s and early 1500s. She has been seen alternately as a vic...more
The book is only half about Lucrezia. Bradford branches out to tell the stories of not only those close to her, but those who had barely anything to do with her.
This could be excused as a way of teaching readers about Lucrezia's Italy. Except:
a) Bradford drops so many names that only a historian could keep track of everyone, and
b) Bradford tell us little of what Lucrezia herself did.
For example, Bradford mentions that Lucrezia...more
The book pretty quickly...more
Ho comprato questo libro più o meno un anno fa, proprio dentro la Corte degli Este: ero andata a visitare Ferrara con la famiglia e al classico shop che si trova alla fine di ogni mostra o museo ho trovato questa biografia, che era in offerta. Spinta anche da mia madre che mi disse di aver letto tale libro e di averlo molto apprezzato lo comprai, tornata a casa lo posai nella libreria e qualche giorno fa, risvegliata in me la curiosità dopo un video Cesare/Lucrezia, mi misi a leggerlo
This is not a book for people who enjoy light, fast reading. There is a lot of detail presented...more
This continues my urge to go back to school and become a feminist historian, because the treatment of women like Lucrezia Borgia and Anne Boleyn by their contemporaries and even present day histo...more
All that aside I do think it's an honest, good o...more
Bradford's stated goal -- to strip back centuries of rumour, legend and h...more
That said, like many biographies, love for the subject has skewed the profile for many of the other people whose lives touched hers. I have discovered that to gain a group portrait, so-to-speak of key figures in 15th and 16th century Italy (and many other states as well) one must read many individual biographies and be wary o...more