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Lucrezia Borgia: Life, Love, and Death in Renaissance Italy (Paperback)

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The very name Lucrezia Borgia conjures up everything that was sinister and corrupt about the Renaissance--incest, political assassination, papal sexual abuse, poisonous intrigue, unscrupulous power grabs. Yet, as bestselling biographer Sarah Bradford reveals in this breathtaking new portrait, the truth is far more fascinating than the myth. Neither a vicious monster nor a seductive pawn, Lucrezia Borgia was a shrewd, determined woman who used her beauty and intelligence to secure a key role in the political struggles of her day.

Drawing from a trove of contemporary documents and fascinating firsthand accounts, Bradford brings to life the art, the pageantry, and the dangerous politics of the Renaissance world Lucrezia Borgia helped to create.

About the Author


Sarah Bradford is a historian and biographer. Her previous books include Cesare Borgia, Disraeli, Princess Grace, George VI, Splendours and Miseries: A Life of SacheverellSitwell, Elizabeth A Biography of Her Majesty the Queen, America's Queen: The Life of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, and Lucrezia Borgia.

Praise For…


"Bradford’s zest for this era is contagious." —USA Today



"A lively view of Lucrezia, capturing the glamour and tragedy of her story." —The Wall Street Journal



"This is also a tender and intimate account of a misunderstood and passionate woman." —Elle

Product Details
ISBN: 9780143035954
ISBN-10: 0143035959
Publisher: Penguin Books
Publication Date: November 1st, 2005
Pages: 421
Language: English