This is historical fiction at its body tingling best. Totally unputdownable, full of suspense with regular heart-wrenching moments. Sumptuous characters and richly plotted happenings all set within the Vatican in the 15th century. If you are a fan of history, want to know more about what went on in the highly secretive Vatican or an avid reader of the likes of Philippa Gregory, then The Borgia Bride should be your next instalment. You’re in for a real treat.
So begins the Borgia reign of terror.
No one is immune. Rome is a hotbed of accusation and conspiracy.
Every day, the River Tiber is full of new bodies.
Sancha de Aragon, daughter of King Alfonso II of Naples, arrives in Rome newly wed to Pope Alexander VI's youngest son, Jofre. Their union protects Naples against the ambitions of the French King Louis and gains Spanish support for the Borgias.
But Rome is very different to Sancha's beloved Naples.
The debauchery of the Borgia inner-circle is notorious: every lust is indulged and every indiscretion overlooked. Lucrezia Borgia, is spiteful towards her at first, but gradually the two young women develop a cautious friendship, and their bond is strengthened when Lucrezia is married to Sancha's treasured brother, Alfonso.
But when Sancha falls in love with Cesare Borgia, her husband's enigmatic older brother, she will discover how bizarre and internecine are the family's true ties…
Publication date: 06/02/2006
Publisher: Harpercollins Publishers
Format: Paperback (b Format)
Publication date: 07/02/2005
Publisher: Harper Collins
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Jeanne Kalogridis was born in Florida in 1954. She earned a BA in Russian and an MA in Linguistics from the University of South Florida and went on to teach English as a Second Language at the American University in Washington, D.C. She now lives with her partner on the West Coast of the US, sharing a house with two dogs and a bird. Her interests include yoga, Tibatan Buddhism, the occult, languages, art, and reading everything ever published. Photo by Ruth MillerMore About Jeanne Kalogridis