Now screenwriter and first-time novelist Faunce allows Borgia to speak for herself in this extravagant first-person narrative of Borgia’s life in late. Lucrezia Borgia, for example, was the daughter of Pope Alexander VI, and, like just about everyone who grew up at the foot of a throne, her. Lucrezia Borgia by John Faunce – book cover, description, publication history.

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I liked the descriptions of historical events and of the general world of Borgia times. There was a problem adding your email address. Also, I felt the author was trying to impress us with his knowledge which I later found out was ill researched and his vocabulary. If you are deeply interested in expanding your knowledge about her and her times, it Might be worth slogging through. Unfortunately, Rodrigo jlhn to lucreia papacy had to do more with his connections instead of his virtue.

Nov 03, Norma rated lucreaia it was ok. I found this book to be at once both pretentious and sleazy. Apr 16, Vicky rated it liked it Shelves: This book does a very good job at shedding light on who she actually was, the people who surrounded her, and the time in which she lived, in an enjoyable, light-read way.

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Lucrezia Borgia by John Faunce

Famed for her beauty, she was a valuable pawn in the marriage game, and Alexander VI would use her to create one alliance after another. My library Help Advanced Book Search. I read this a few months ago and didn’t care much for it either.

I felt that the material could have been handled much more successfully especially since Lucrezia Borgia led such an interesting life. Mar 10, Nicole rated it really liked it. Open Preview See a Problem? I’m going to swim against the tide of reviews here and say that I enjoyed this book a lot.


The hypocrisy of this punishment is baffling. Famed for her beauty, she was a valuable pawn in the marriage game, and Alexander VI would use her to create one alliance after another. The writing style was a little strange because the author had a lot of Latin in it, but threw in a lot of modern language and phrases that lcurezia it difficult to stay in the feel of the time. Ink puts out even hellfire.


I think I really could have loved this book even with its inaccuracies if so many of the problems weren’t such obvious signs of not doing adequate research. He now lives in Los Angeles with his wife, a film editor, and his dog.

The use of the word fuck happens a lot in this novel and every time jarred me right out of the story. Jun 06, Samantha Morris rated it did not like it. She was in love with Dante’s use of the Italian vernacular language, She is convinced that language and literacy is power. Too many big words interspersed with Greek history and some Greek letters even that I felt was unnecessary and didn’t add to the book. In every case, Faunce portrays [Lucrezia] believably, with wit and sensitivity.

I did like The Borgia Bride though. The hardest book I’ve read for a long, long while. It takes place around when the papacy was super corrupt, power hungry, violent and decadent. As far as historical accuracy goes, don’t expect any. Witty, fun, and informative: By clicking on “Submit” you agree that you have read and agree to the Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.

Oh, except for the last guard, who was gay, and in turn had no obsession with her body. One star for this Borgia farce.

Perhaps the most jarring scene however was when Lucrezia defended Alfonso of Naples against the assassins sent by her brother. Story about the daughter of a very corrupt pope Alexander VI. I normally become at least a little attached to the characters in the books I read, but I really could not connect here. Alfonso loathed her brother and refused to participate in the Pope’s imperial schemes, which threatened to tear apart the Vatican’s political alliances–and Lucrezia’s happy marriage.


In dedication to my quest to read all Borgia novels before I present my own, I went ahead and read this one anyway. King Ferdinand I of Aragon had a mummy museum of his enemies, Ludovico Sforza poisoned his nephew for the Duchy of Milan, and great artists like Leonardo Da Vinci and Michelangelo were immortalizing their names in history.

I didn’t care for the long philosophical ruminations and I felt Lucrezia was too much of an enabler. Point of view is skewed as well.

Cesare being power hungry developed a practical ideology of how Christianity became Rome’s established religion. Each week, our editors select the one author and one book they believe to be most worthy of your attention and highlight them in our Pro Connect email alert.

Cesare was a product of his time, his expedience of killing, his cruelty towards traitors, his ambitions are all Renaissance Italy and few men wielded the garrote and sword for better purpose. But, if that is the only reason why Constantine converted then why did he choose a religion of slaves and slave sympathizers?

To view Cesare in the morals of our own period, as is often done, is wrong and ignores everything that makes Cesare great and the Prince Niccolo Machiavelli wrote about.