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—Lucrezia Borgia, his daughter, whose husband was famously murdered by her brother, and that brother, Cesare, who served as the model for Niccolò Machiavelli's The Prince. Notorious for seizing power, wealth, land, and titles through bribery, marriage, and murder, the dynasty's dramatic rise from its Spanish roots to its occupation of the highest position in Renaissance society forms a gripping tale. Erudite, witty, and always insightful, Hibbert removes the layers of myth around the Borgia family and creates a portrait alive with his superb sense of character and place.
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About the Author
Christopher Hibbert (1924 - 2008) wrote more than fifty acclaimed books, including The Rise and Fall of the House of Medici and Rome: The Biography of a City. A leading popular historian whose works reflected meticulous scholarship, he was a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.
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Table of Contents
— Contents — Chapter 1 The Crumbling City 1 Chapter 2 Elections and Celebrations 10 Chapter 3 A Man of Endless Virility 20 Chapter 4 Servant of the Servant of God 36 Chapter 5 Marriages and Alliances 43 Chapter 6 The French in Rome 54 Chapter 7 The Conquest of Naples 74 Chapter 8 The Borgia Bull 83 Chapter 9 Father and Children 92 Chapter 10 The Dominican Friar 99 Chapter 11 Murder 105 Chapter 12 Another Husband for Lucrezia 111 Chapter 13 The Unwanted Cardinal’s Hat 121 Chapter 14 Cesare’s French Bride 128 Chapter 15 Conquests 139 Chapter 16 Jubilee 153 Chapter 17 Duke of the Romagna 168 Chapter 18 The Naples Campaign 179 Chapter 19 The Duke and the Borgia Girl 184 Chapter 20 Frolics and Festivities 198 Chapter 21 The New Bride 205 Chapter 22 Castles and Condottieri 221 Chapter 23 The Death of the Pope 244 Chapter 24 Conclaves 254 Chapter 25 Cesare at Bay 264 Chapter 26 Duchess of Ferrara 274 Chapter 27 The End of the Affair 290 Chapter 28 The Death of the Duchess 302 Chapter 29 Saints and Sinners 311 Bibliography 315 Index 321