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Blood & Beauty by Sarah Dunant
  

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1492 and Columbus has set out over the ocean blue leaving behind Europe in turmoil. Power goes to those who have the most money, the most influence, the most cunning and the fewest scruples. While all of Europe’s ruling classes survive on a diet of corruption, deceit, violence and immorality, it is the states of Italy that are the worst: the Borgias. This is the story of Cardinal Roderigo, his son Cesare and young daughter Lucrezia up until she flees Rome a divorcee, a widow and a mother, aged 19. We are promised a sequel in a few years’ time. I can’t wait. It’s a well written mix of the Krays and Eastenders only 15th century. Wonderful.

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Synopsis

Blood & Beauty by Sarah Dunant

When Cardinal Rodrigo Borgia buys his way into the papacy, he is defined not just by his wealth, charisma and power, but by his blood: a Spanish Pope in a city run by Italians. If he is to succeed, he must use his Machiavellian son and innocent daughter. Stripping away the myths around the Borgias, Blood & Beauty breathes life into the astonishing family of Alexander VI and celebrates the raw power of history itself: compelling, complex, and relentless.

Reviews

A wonderful novel - taking you deep into the world of Renaissance passion and the Renaissance papacy. Part of me was happily lost in the time travel, part of me repeatedly struck by how vividly ancient Rome met modern Rome, and how the city of history came to life. -- Mary Beard

Blood & Beauty is a fascinating read full of vivid detail and human pathos. Dunant opens a window into the extraordinary machinations and skullduggery of the Borgias and provides us with a richness of description that beautifully locates them within their own time. -- Amanda Foreman

What a marvellous feast of vices and desires Sarah Dunant gives us in Blood & Beauty - lust and ambition, passion and power, destiny born and bought. The Borgias are arguably the most intriguing and ruthless family in all of history, and Dunant brings them ravishingly, bristlingly to life. Absolutely convincing on every page. I was enthralled. -- Paula McLain, author of The Paris Wife

About the Author

Sarah Dunant

Sarah Dunant has written eight novels, edited two books of essays and worked widely in television, radio and in print. She has two daughters and lives in London and Florence.

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Book Info

Publication date

3rd April 2014

Author

Sarah Dunant

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Publisher

Virago Press Ltd an imprint of Little, Brown Book Group

Format

Paperback
544 pages

Categories

Historical Fiction
Literary Fiction
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ISBN

9781844087457

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