The story is sweeping in its scope, almost too sweeping for a single volume - Lucrezia Borgia and her brother Cesare come to life amid love and sex, power and piety, politics and treachery in the high Renaissance papacy.
An interesting book. The author takes a more historical and a less scandalous portrayal of the Borgia family although there is still plenty of questionable behaviour for anyone let alone the Pope! It took me quite a while to get into the story but I finished feeling like I knew a lot more about this time period and particularly about the role women played. The sequel In The Name of The Family finishes the story well.
Blood and Beauty --- by --- Sarad Dunant.
This work fits neatly under the heading “Historical Fiction”. Set, for the most part, in fifteenth and sixteenth century Rome, it is the tale of that dysfunctional family, the Borgias. Rodrigo Borgia, the later Pope Alexander XI sires four children: the vile and scheming Cesare Borgia who is in large measure responsible for his clan’s dark reputation; the foppish Juan Borgia, married off in a dynastic union; Lucrezia Borgia, arguably the best known of the family, perhaps for her great beauty, perhaps because of her misfortune of having been married off to a series of rulers of Italian states in order to bolster the fortunes of Alexander`s papal states; and Jofre, perennially the baby of the family.
Dunant takes her history seriously injecting but one fictitious character not supported by the historical record into her work. How serious is Dunant about her history. So serious that she provides a bibliography.
Blood and Beauty is a book hard to put down. The main characters are well limned. The plot, of course, is utterly believable. Not a book to be passed by: it confirms my opinion: more of Dunant is worthwhile.
A different take on the Borgias. I can't wait for the next volume.
The style of this story was similar to a non-fiction book. It came across as quite factual though I do know that in many areas it was definitely not. The story was full of fictional ideas.
I like the Borgia family and know too much about the real history to be able to really enjoy a tale that wasn't factual.
Blood & Beauty. Oh, Blood & Beauty. This historical fiction is epic, filled with everything that is compelling, dramatic, and enthralling. Which is typical Sarah Dunant flair.
This book follows the Borgias, notorious Papal dynasty of the Italian Renaissance. It covers only about 20 years of their history, which leaves me hungering for the next book (this was written in 2012, and the author's note indicates the journey will continue).
It is brimming with political intrigue, family drama, machinations, love, jealousy...I could not stop reading it. And it's so well-developed that I pitied, then hated, then loved each character, by turns.
I recommend this for any and all fans of Sarah Dunant, historical fiction (especially Italian Renaissance), political intrigue, family dramas (especially in powerful families), and the rare occurrences of empowered women in patriarchal societies and their struggles and triumphs.
And for everyone else, too.
As always Sarah Dunant's language is rich and flows like poetry. This book is particularly dense, and like barb8571 says it is "harder to get into" than some of her other books. While I fell in love with Sarah's writing through her strong female leads, I'm thoroughly enjoying the masculine narrative and learning about the Alexander VI papacy.
started to read, so far isnt really catching my interest, im going to add this on my later shelf, i might check it out again and try again...might
really enjoyed this one but I'm a big fan of all thing Borgia! Can't wait for the sequel to come out.
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