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The Borgias (Celebrated crimes #1)

3.63 of 5 stars 3.63  ·  rating details  ·  945 ratings  ·  46 reviews
The family of the House of Borgia are remembered for their corrupt rule during the period when one of them, Rodrigo Borgia, was Pope. This text was taken from a series of essays on famous criminals and crimes by the author of The Count of Monte Cristo and The Three Musketeers, Alexandre Dumas. The Borgia's crimes reputedly ran the gamut from theft and bribery to rape, ince ...more
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Published June 1st 2012 by Auk Academic (first published 1840)
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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.
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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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
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
Kesha
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.
La Stamberga dei Lettori
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
Elisabeth
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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Trina Dienger
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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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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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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Lane Beaton
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
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
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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Alli
I had to rage quit this book because of the drastic overuse of commas. I just couldn't handle it. A couple pages in I counted 8 commas and a semi colon in one sentence. That's not a sentence, that's a paragraph. Reading any further was going to make my brain explode.
Debbie Hill
Struggled with this book, too much detail and rambling...I think I would like to see the TV series, at least I will have a bit of an idea of what's going on and who's who. I enjoyed the historical part of the book but again to much detail.
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
Kari
Worth reading, especially if you view current world "Crisis" as " End of the World" scenarios. Dumas gives such a Scope for nuisance.Then I read "The Bully Pulpit" by Doris Kearns Goodwin. Excellent readings.
Ray
Long chapters, long sentences... :) Historically interesting, but more like a school book than a fascinating novel.
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
Theo Gangi
Brilliant account of 16th century Italian kings I mean Popes I mean gangsters. Lots of SMH.
Magicamenteme
Pensavo fosse un romanzo storico e invece mi ritrovo a leggere una cronistoria del pontificato di Alessandro VI.
Peccato
Cecil
In a word boring to the point of being hard to follow.
John
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.
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!
Zoe
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.
Wendy
Part of the 'Celebrated Crimes' series, it's an okay read; not the best of Dumas' works that I've read.
Marie-aimée
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

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.
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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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