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The Borgias

The Hidden History
Meyer, G. J. (Book - 2013 )
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The Borgias


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The truth behind one of the most notorious dynasties in history is revealed in a new account by the author of "The Tudors" and "A World Undone". Sweeping aside the gossip, slander, and distortion that have shrouded the Borgias for centuries, G.J. Meyer offers an unprecedented portrait of the infamous Renaissance family and their storied milieu. Sweeping aside the gossip, slander, and distortion that have shrouded the Borgias for centuries, G.J. Meyer offers an unprecedented portrait of the infamous Renaissance family and their storied milieu. They burst out of obscurity in Spain to capture the great prize of the papacy, not once but twice. Throughout a tumultuous half-century--as popes, statesmen, warriors, lovers, and breathtakingly ambitious political adventurers--they held center stage in the glorious and blood-drenched pageant known to us as the Italian Renaissance. Five centuries after their fall--a fall even more sudden than their rise to the heights of power--they remain symbols of the depths to which humanity can descend: Rodrigo, who bought the papal crown and prostituted the Roman Church; Cesare, who became the most treacherous cutthroat of a violent time; Lucrezia, as immoral as she was beautiful. But did these Borgias of legend actually exist? Grounding his narrative in exhaustive research and drawing from rarely examined key sources, Meyer brings fascinating new insight to the real people within the age-encrusted myth. Equally illuminating is the light he shines on the brilliant circles in which the Borgias moved and the thrilling era they helped to shape.--From publisher description.
Authors: Meyer, G. J., 1940-
Title: The Borgias
the hidden history
Publisher: New York :, Bantam Books,, [2013]
Edition: First Edition.
Characteristics: xxx, 478 pages :,illustrations, maps ;,25 cm
Content Type: text
Media Type: unmediated
Carrier Type: volume
Contents: Prologue: One Whom All Did Fear
Part One. Alonso, From Out of Nowhere
A Most Improbable Pope
Background: The Road to Rome
Surprises, Disappointments, Hope
Background: Il Regno-The Kingdom
Pope and King, Friends No More
Background: Amazing Italy
Family Matters
Background: The Men in the Red Hats
The End of the Beginning
Part Two. Rodrigo, A Long Apprenticeship
Surviving
Background: The Eternal City, Eternally Reborn
Pius II : Troubles Rumored and Real
Background: Il Papa
Paul II : The Poisoned Chalice
Background: The Inextinguishable Evil-Heads
Sixtus IV : Disturbing the Peace
Background: War, Italian Style
Innocent VIII : Plumbing the Depths
Part Three. Alexander, Pope At Last
The Best Man for the Job
Background: Madness and Milan
The Coming of the French
Background: The Paternity Question : An "Apology"
The French Depart
Background: Florence : An Anti-Renaissance
A Shattering Loss
Background: The Young Ones
Valentino
Part Four. Cesare, Caesar or Nothing
The Landscape Changes
Background: Venice, Serene No More
Conqueror
Background: The Angel's Castle
"Longing for Greatness and Renown"
Background: The Newest Profession
Settling Scores
Background: The Great Discoveries
Man of Destiny
Background: Superstitions : Another Side of the Renaissance
Alone
Aftermath
Examining Old Assumptions.
Summary: [The truth behind one of the most notorious dynasties in history is revealed in a new account by the author of "The Tudors" and "A World Undone". Sweeping aside the gossip, slander, and distortion that have shrouded the Borgias for centuries, G.J. Meyer offers an unprecedented portrait of the infamous Renaissance family and their storied milieu., Sweeping aside the gossip, slander, and distortion that have shrouded the Borgias for centuries, G.J. Meyer offers an unprecedented portrait of the infamous Renaissance family and their storied milieu. They burst out of obscurity in Spain to capture the great prize of the papacy, not once but twice. Throughout a tumultuous half-century--as popes, statesmen, warriors, lovers, and breathtakingly ambitious political adventurers--they held center stage in the glorious and blood-drenched pageant known to us as the Italian Renaissance. Five centuries after their fall--a fall even more sudden than their rise to the heights of power--they remain symbols of the depths to which humanity can descend: Rodrigo, who bought the papal crown and prostituted the Roman Church; Cesare, who became the most treacherous cutthroat of a violent time; Lucrezia, as immoral as she was beautiful. But did these Borgias of legend actually exist? Grounding his narrative in exhaustive research and drawing from rarely examined key sources, Meyer brings fascinating new insight to the real people within the age-encrusted myth. Equally illuminating is the light he shines on the brilliant circles in which the Borgias moved and the thrilling era they helped to shape.--From publisher description.]
Local Note: 6 15 35 53 60 80 118 143 148 149 167 188 216 226 242 243 244 250
ISBN: 9780345526915
0345526910
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