The Borgias and Their Enemies: 1431-1519 by Christopher Hibbert audiobook

The Borgias and Their Enemies: 1431-1519

By Christopher Hibbert
Read by John Telfer

Blackstone Publishing, Blackstone Publishing
9.37 Hours Unabridged
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The first major biography of the Borgias in thirty years, Christopher Hibbert’s latest history brings to life the family and the world they lived in: the glittering Rome of the Italian Renaissance. The name Borgia is synonymous with the corruption, nepotism, and greed that were rife in Renaissance Italy. The powerful, voracious Rodrigo Borgia, better known to history as Pope Alexander VI, was the central figure of the dynasty. Two of his seven papal offspring also rose to power and fame—his daughter Lucrezia and her brother Cesare, who murdered Lucrezia’s husband and served as the model for Machiavelli’s The Prince. The Borgias were notorious for seizing power, wealth, land, and titles through bribery, marriage, and murder. The story of the family’s dramatic rise from its Spanish roots to the highest position in Italian society is an absorbing tale.

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The first major biography of the Borgias in thirty years, Christopher Hibbert’s latest history brings to life the family and the world they lived in: the glittering Rome of the Italian Renaissance.

The name Borgia is synonymous with the corruption, nepotism, and greed that were rife in Renaissance Italy. The powerful, voracious Rodrigo Borgia, better known to history as Pope Alexander VI, was the central figure of the dynasty. Two of his seven papal offspring also rose to power and fame—his daughter Lucrezia and her brother Cesare, who murdered Lucrezia’s husband and served as the model for Machiavelli’s The Prince. The Borgias were notorious for seizing power, wealth, land, and titles through bribery, marriage, and murder. The story of the family’s dramatic rise from its Spanish roots to the highest position in Italian society is an absorbing tale.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Simply unputdown-able.” New York Times Book Review
“[A] vivid chronicle of the notoriously corrupt Renaissance family…Hibbert ably traces the web of alliances through which the Spanish-born Alexander hoped to secure his hold on Italy and his family’s place in power.” New Yorker
“Acclaimed British historian Hibbert’s latest work focuses on three members of the notorious Borgia family of Spain…The book is a heavily researched and generally engrossing account of a famous dynasty…[with] detailed descriptions of Renaissance life.” Publishers Weekly
“[A] straightforward, carefully researched narrative…Hibbert’s unsensationalized account of sensational material makes a fascinating read. Recommended for all public and college libraries.” Library Journal
“The author recounts the exploits of the notorious crime family headed by Rodrigo Borgia, also known as Pope Alexander VI. Their savagery and ambition knew no bounds. John Telfer tells their story with frightening clarity. It could be argued that the Borgias were a product of their time, but they seem to be too evil, or too insane, even for the era of the Italian Renaissance. The infamous Lucrezia Borgia, whom history has branded a coldhearted killer, herein comes off the most innocent. Telfer manages to imbue the characters with humanity despite their flaws.” AudioFile

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental
Category: Nonfiction/History
Runtime: 9.37
Audience: Adult
Language: English