The Borgias and Their Enemies: 1431-1519
The name Borgia is synonymous with the corruption, nepotism, and greed that were rife in Renaissance Italy. The powerful, voracious Rodrigo Borgia, better known to history as Pop
3 "Phillipa Gregory would be darn proud" stars.
Mr. Hibbert wrote an extremely entertaining and "tongue in cheek" history book about the life of the most notorious of the Borgias focusing on Pope Alexander VI and his children Cesare and Lucrezia. He did an admirable job of getting across to the general reader a huge amount of information on this most corrupt and ruthless family where other famous people such as Machiavelli and Michelangelo play small but important roles. The book is always inter ...more
An in depth look at the entire family and era it is not, but it is well worth the read; especially as a start to a more comprehensive look into the family and/or time peri ...more
What Hibbert subtly m ...more
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I had never read any books by Christopher Hibbert, but h ...more
Well researched, clearly written, well presented, sources cited, and a subject simply that oozes with scandal. In short, the perfect history book.
Hibbert starts a few generations before Rodrigo Borgia came to power, to establish just how bad Rome was in the 14th century. It was bad. Like, post-apocalyptic bad. When people talk about how great the Renaissance was, a lot of us forget part of the reason it was so great was because it was in direct contrast to the poverty-ruin-plagues-wars of the p ...more
This was a quite engrossing history of the rise and fall of the Borgia family - one of Italy's most powerful families during the early years of the Italian Renaissance. I found this book shortly after the series premiere of "Warehouse 13", so my interest in Lucrezia Borgia was already piqued. This book ...more
The last few chapters of this book annoyed me though. The author barely even mentioned the death of Cesare, which in it's own right was a big deal, and the author made very little mention of Jofré thro ...more
I found this book by accident and couldn't resist. The book is gripping, it is the story about the rise of the Borgia with Rodrigo Borgia (Pope Alexander Vi) and how he wheeled and dealed everything out of his ambition for his children.
He, a larger than life figure, has huge appetite for life and all its entr ...more
I was not enchanted as I'd hoped to be, but as much as I enjoy looking at timelines, this assemblage of events rang a pretty dull note. An abundance of telling rather than showing. It didn't help that the book read like a bus tour wi ...more
I borrowed this from my friend because I was interested in finding out more about the Borgias. The television show aside, any one who has studied or taken an interest in history or early modern Europe would not have been able to avoid the mention of the house of Borgia, more specifically Lucrezia Borgia, who has gone down in the annals of time as a femme fatale. Otherwise, you may have heard of Cesare Borgia, widely speculated to have been the ins ...more
Described by Professor Sir John Plumb as "a writer of the highest ability and in the N ...more