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Poison in the Blood: The Memoirs of Lucrezia Borgia

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1497, Renaissance Rome: in their ruthless quest for power, the powerful Borgia family are terrorizing the city, poisoning their enemies. But when Lucrezia Borgia learns that her new husband is next to die, she struggles to help him escape from Rome before the assassins strike. However, as tragedy looms ever closer, she finds herself confronting enemies far more sinister th ...more
Published November 5th 2010 by Smashwords
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Nov 16, 2015 Anita rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Although the name Borgia is well known for their power hungry and decadent lifestyle, little is known of Lucrezia, the daughter of Rodrigo Borgia, Pope Alexander VI. She was certainly a pawn in her father’s quest for power, in that he married her off to three different members of European nobility in order to advance his political ambitions. She was also thought to have had an illegitimate child by a lover. However, the extent of her complicity in the political machinations of her father and bro ...more
If you know nothing about the Borgias, specifically Lucrezia I think you will REALLY enjoy this book. On the other hand, if you have a decent background knowledge of the Borgia family and your a stickler for historical accuracy - this one might drive you a little batty. Then again it may just be me.

I really wanted to love this book and I think if I were completely unfamiliar with the history of the Borgias or if the books subject were a completely fictional family I would have.

The story itself
Mar 17, 2016 Petya rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Непретенциозна книга с динамично действие, недостоверна исторически, но с интересно изградени образи и любопитен поглед не само върху Борджиите, но върху Макиавели. От известно време ме интригува Лукреция Борджия, ще търся и други книги за нея.
May 28, 2011 LindyLouMac rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Until fairly recently the only historical novels I read on any sort of regular basis were those of Philippa Gregory but thanks to LindyLouMac's Book Reviews and the opportunity to review some other historical writers my horizons have been expanded. I have always considered my tastes very eclectic but am nowadays more likely to consider reading this genre, than I have been for years. With the themes of the stories based on real life characters it can be an interesting way to learn a little histor ...more
This was a disappointment for me. The story of Lucrezia and the Borgias is very loosely linked to this novel. The inaccuracies were great. The timeline was wrong, there was no mention of key people, eg: Caterina Sforza or Lucrezia's first or third husband. I didn't particularly like any of the characters, Cesare is stereotype bad guy, Alexander is a cold, unloving, cruel father, Lucrezia is a little bit Mary-Sue. The ending was ridiculous. I won't spoil it for anyone that actually wants to read ...more
Elizabeth Olson
Taken as a novel, lots of fun. Taken as a historical novel, lots of "huh?". Key facts from the life of the real Lucrezia Borgia are omitted, dates are rearranged, and events central to the telling of Scarsbrook's story veer so far from the known record, that it's sometimes a leap to stay in the narrative. Enjoy the tale, but don't take it as the gospel truth.
Jul 12, 2012 Melanie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
absolutely fascinating!! A very different view from the TV series but totally addicting. I hated putting it down!!! Anyone who has any interest in historical novels should give it a read.
Aug 03, 2012 Katie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well written
fast paced
not all of history is told in this book
enjoyable read nonetheless
Mar 28, 2012 Lucy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I didn’t know quite what to expect when I began reading Scarsbrook’s new novel: Poison in The Blood. How was this historical novel going to be any different from the one (by a different author) I just recently read on Lucrezia? Honestly, I often find it difficult to read same subject- character books, one right after the other. So, needless to say, my excitement was not that great- but, I was on for the ride.
Well, I couldn’t have been more surprised! Not only did I get a novel filled with more t
Oct 21, 2014 L'aura rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I'm torn. The book is little less than just plain awful and hands down one of the most unaccurate I've ever read. I'm not sure who Scarsbrook is, but I definitely thought, while reading, that she (he?) has to be an early 20th century writer trying to romanticize things by playing with the very much historical characters she (he?) could dispose of. Maybe, I told myself, she/he even only had unreliable, corrupted sources. Well, I didn't really google her (him?) afterwards, I preferred to keep myse ...more
I didn't like the characterizations, some of the dialogue felt unrealistic, and I couldn’t get passed some of the major historical inaccuracies (which I realize were intentional). I don’t consider myself a huge stickler for accuracy (some changes can be understandable) but this just went too far. I read historical fiction to get a dramatized idea of how actual historical events may have gone down or how actual historical figures may have felt and behaved - so when you change as much about histor ...more
Feb 04, 2013 Krisha rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was an OK book. Loved the history. I knew little of the Borgias aside from the poisonings. I feel like I've missed a lot because so much time was spent on the interpersonal relationships between Lucrezia, her father the pope and her brother, Cesare. The author could have opened up the reader's world a little bit and spent less time, pages and pages less, analyzing Lucrezia's every decision. Information was repeated, which wastes time, and I don't like books that try to waste my time. I gave ...more
May 07, 2013 Lisa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really don't think the kings and queens of England have anything on the ruling families of Italy.

The Borgia's were the top family in Rome, the father was the Pope...the most powerful man (I could say the world, but lets leave it as Europe at the time)

Of course power and corruption are going to intercede into their lives. This book was good, perhaps a little slow, and I am not really sure if Lucrezia is as innocent as she sounded in this book. I have some others books about this family I want t
Jun 09, 2015 Jenn rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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First off, I don't really know much of anything about the Borgias. I always meant to read up on them, but have never gotten around to it. So I can only speak to this book as a work of fiction. It was rather awful. Are we supposed to be sympathetic to Lucrezia? Because I didn't like her at all. Her husband seemed borderline mentally handicapped. Her brother and father were like cardboard cutouts of villains. And all the events that happened in the end happened a little too closely together to be ...more
The story of Lucrezia Borgia and her husband Alfonso of Aragon covering the years 1497-1500.
There is no mention of her first marriage (or her third).

An interesting story with a strong emphasis on "fiction". Many of the events reported in the book
are not supported by history. The most positive fact--Pope Alexander VI (head of the House of Borgia) was
a horrible person.
Sep 01, 2015 Irka rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Muszę przyznać, że początek był całkiem ciekawy, niestety pod koniec byłam rozczarowana i zirytowana postacią głównej bohaterki - z inteligentnej kobiety o dużych wpływach i mecenaski sztuki zrobiono tu naiwną, ślepo zakochaną blondyneczkę. Nie polecam tym, dla których historia Borgiów jest "konikiem".
Sep 27, 2012 Karen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It took a little while to get started but once it did, I couldn't put it down. I enjoyed the story immensely, but only give it three stars because there were some writing errors. Also, while I love historical fiction this strays a little too far from the actual story for my undergrad history major's comfort.
Jun 28, 2012 Trinette rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
A lot of typos in this book...a lot of bad similies too. And don't expect historical accuracy in any measure, it's wildly off the historic track.
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Jan 25, 2016 Georgi Iliev rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
If you want a good and accurate historical novel, this is not for you. But if you want a story about rainbows and ponnies but trough historical view, well then is for you.
Apr 29, 2012 Erica rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I did not find this version very historically accurate, nor did I think the character development was that great.
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M. G. Scarsbrook is the author of two historical novels and the editor of four literary collections. Since 2011 his books have sold more than 20,000 copies worldwide and been translated into five languages. English editions of his work are sold in paperback, eBook, and audiobook formats at all major online bookstores. A member of the prestigious Crime Writers’ Association and the Society of Author ...more
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