Best Books about the Borgia Family

"Before the Tudors, there were the Borgias. More passionate. More dangerous. More deadly."
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Cate (The Professional Fangirl) This is a great list! :)


message 2: by Mortalform (new)

Mortalform Just getting into the Borgia, any recommendations for the best place to start?


message 3: by Nix (new)

Nix For the past month, since picking up books on the plantagenet and tudors, I can't seem to get my mind of the seriously scandalous life and times in history. Now, I may be looking into the Italian scandals as well. Thanks!


message 4: by Joy (new)

Joy Start with THE LIFE AND TIMES OF LUCREZIA BORGIA by Maria Bellonci. It doesn't seem to have made it to this list, probably because it was first translated to English in 1953.


Themis-Athena (Does not and never will own a Kindle) Joy wrote: "Start with THE LIFE AND TIMES OF LUCREZIA BORGIA by Maria Bellonci. It doesn't seem to have made it to this list, probably because it was first translated to English in 1953."

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Liz But what books are more fact than novels?


message 7: by Aimee (new)

Aimee Daramus I loved the Poisoner series by Sara Poole, although the last wasn't as good as the first two. I've read all three of them multiple times.


message 8: by P.J. (last edited Jun 30, 2014 12:07PM) (new)

P.J. Sullivan Liz wrote: "But what books are more fact than novels?"

Maria Bellonci and Marion Johnson are nonfiction, derived from primary sources. I don't recommend Frederick Rolfe's book, which is biased and inaccurate. I would steer clear of any book, fiction or nonfiction, that presents Lucretia Borgia as a poisoner. That is myth. I have seen no evidence that she ever poisoned anyone. Her brother Cesare was the poisoner. I haven't read Victor Hugo's book, but some people have blamed him for starting the myth.


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Casey P.J. wrote: "Liz wrote: "But what books are more fact than novels?"

Maria Bellonci and Marion Johnson are nonfiction, derived from primary sources. I don't recommend Frederick Rolfe's book, which is biased and..."


Just as an fyi it wasn't a novel it was a play and I've read it and while she is depicted as a femme fatale and a posioner she had already been seen as one well before Victor Hugo got to her.


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