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The Borgia Bride by Jeanne Kalogridis
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Oct 29, 2009

it was amazing
bookshelves: biography-memoir, historical-fiction, royalty

Against the backdrop of 15th-century Italian feuds, debauchery and Vatican corruption, "The Borgia Bride" chronicles the story of the ravishing and iron-willed Sancha de Aragon, princess of Naples. Illegitimate daughter to the cold-hearted Duke of Calabria (briefly king of Naples), she is used to establish ties to the feared and influential House of Borgia when her father betroths her to the younger scion, Jofre.

Much to the dismay of her beloved younger brother Alfonso, Sancha is sent from Naples to rule with Prince Jofre in remote Squillace. War with the French will later briefly return her to Naples, but rumors of her beauty reach her lecherous father-in-law, Pope Alexander VI, who recalls her and Jofre to opulent Rome. There, she avoids the pope's advances—and her jealous sister-in-law Lucrezia's animosity—but falls into a steamy affair with her brother-in-law, the dashing Cesare, cardinal of Valencia. Cesare becomes furious when she refuses to leave Jofre, and he sets out on a warpath that includes her brother Alfonso, who has also married into the Borgia clan—to Lucrezia.

The Borgia family, bloodthirsty and monstrous, and the era of Savonarola, Macchiavelli and Leonardo da Vinci cannot fail to fascinate. While the story was set during a fascinating historical era of Italian and Papal history with the infamous Borgia family center stage, it provides a fascinating view of the decadence and what could be construed as a prime example of the term dysfunctional family. Kalogridis took a lot of liberties in fleshing out the characters but I think she was still within the realm of historical accuracy. This is a work of fiction and I believe not everything has to be exact.

Book Details:

Title The Borgia Bride
Author Jeanne Kalogridis
Reviewed By Purplycookie
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October 29, 2009 – Shelved
October 29, 2009 – Shelved as: biography-memoir
October 29, 2009 – Shelved as: historical-fiction
November 3, 2009 –
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Started Reading
November 4, 2009 – Finished Reading
September 22, 2010 – Shelved as: royalty

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PurplyCookie Thanks for liking my review Misha :)

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