Borgias and Their Enemies: 1431-1519 (paperback) is the first major biography of the Borgias in thirty years, with Christopher Hibbert's latest history book bringing the family and the world they lived inâ€”the glittering Rome of the Italian Renaissanceâ€”to life.
The name Borgia is synonymous with the corruption, nepotism, and greed that were rife in Renaissance Italy. In the Borgias book, 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 fameâ€”Lucrezia Borgia, his daughter, whose husband was famously murdered by her brother, and that brother, Cesare, who served as the model for NiccolÃ² Machiavelli's The Prince. The Renaissance book takes you into the dynasty's notorious push 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 in the Italian history book.
Erudite, witty, and always insightful in Borgias and Their Enemies, Hibbert removes the layers of myth around the Borgia family and creates a portrait alive with his superb sense of character and place.Shop for the Borgias and Their Enemies: 1431-1519 (paperback), and you'll peek inside a dynasty known for its notorious push for power and wealth.