Biographies & Memoirs: The Life of Cesare Borgia (Illustrated)

by Raphael Sabatini



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The Borgias are without a doubt one of the most infamous families in history. Their rise to power, questionable methods and extravagant lifestyle have been the subject of speculation, criticism, and even the material for a television show. Cesare Borgia was one of the most influential and controversial figures of this family.

Appointed as a Cardinal by his father, he was suspected of murdering his own brother, influencing Papal elections, and stopping at nothing to secure the power for his family. This book chronicles the life of Cesare and his family. It’s a gripping page turner straight out of history.

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By Chicot le Fou on April 7, 2011

The Life of Cesare Borgia Mr. Sabatini was a highly educated , multi lingual historian ( although most of his writing was historical fiction ). In this biography , he shames all of the lazy inept " historians " of hundreds of years who merely repeated the nonsense of their predecessors.

He went to original source material and provides a well reasoned, balanced and believable account of ,primarily , Cesare but also his family and the world in which they lived . Sabatini clears away most of the preposterous infamies the Borgias have become " known " for ; incest , poisonings , et al .

He does not present pure images of Roderigo and Cesare ; but he does show that in their actions they were , at least , no worse than their contemporaries . He presents evidence of their superior abilities and of how the stories of their supposed sins came about and convincingly refutes most of them . In particular , he completely clears the reputation of poor Lucrezia ( one of the 3 most defamed women in history , along with Cleopatra and Mary Magdalene ).

She was , as was the custom of the times , a pawn in the political alliances of powerful men . In fact , it's impossible not to pity her once Sabatini exposes the truth behind centuries of lies . She had a rather sad life . Cesare and Roderigo were ambitious , at times ruthless , power players in their world .

Mr. Sabatini gives us a picture of two men whom you might not care to spend your vacation with but who had many admirable qualities and were hardly the monsters they have been painted as by laggardly , foolish pseudo- historians who lacked Sabatini's breadth of knowledge and commitment to historical accuracy .People must be judged in the context of their time and place . There is no room in historical research for the imposition of late 20th /early 21st century mores or biases. Highly recommended !

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