EBOOK DOWNLOAD [Lucrezia Borgia: Life, Love, and Death in Renaissance Italy] AUTHOR Sarah Bradford

While some people may find Bradford s meticulous approach to Lucrezia dull the books reliance on primary sources mostly correspondence between major players in Lucrezia s life made for a satisfying listen I listened to it on MP3 The book dodges the villainous reputation that various operas plays and histories have apparently given her and instead portrays her as woman caught in a powerful family that used deception and violence to grab land and power She isn t portrayed as a victimeither but rather a woman who did what she needed to do within the limitations of her circumstances as a Borgia and as an Italian noblewoman in the Renaissance age There s a lot

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comprehensive description of Italian life for the upper classes including long lists of items and people that give the reader a rich picture of the world of the Borgia s Bradford indulges in re Long vilified as a murderess conspirator and partner to incest Lucrezia Borgia was overdue for a reappraisal by a serious historian able to blast past the stereotypes Sarah Bradford does exactly that by dint of meticulous research revealing the fascinating if turbulent life of the daughter of Pope Alexander VI Used by her father to advance his political ambitions Lucrezia endured an early marriage that was annulled under uestionable circumstances the brutal murder of her second husband and the destruction of her own reputation at the hands of her family s enemies She emerged from all that as a woman of strength and grace finding a degree of stability and even contentment in a third marriage that made her Duchess of Ferrera Bradford brings Lucrezia and her world vividly to life in the process raising provocative uestions about the need to re evaluate the role of women in general throughout history Great biography of an often vilified woman In my opinion she earned some of that revulsion but she also found a way to thrive in a century very cruel to women While certainly no Mother Theresa I walked away from Bradford s work with a newfound appreciation for Lucrezia Borgia 45 starsThis is a good thorough biography of Lucrezia Borgia daughter of Pope Alexander VI from her beginnings as a Borgia daughter to her end as the Duchess of Ferrara Bradford discusses Lucrezia s life relationships marriages births and affairs using plenty of primary sources and where necessary engages with "and debates the work of other writers who work with this period Lucrezia "debates the work of other writers who work with this period Lucrezia life is discussed within its context Bradford never fails to inform the reader about what is going on all around Lucrezia and the actions o I have been looking for a book about Lucrezia that told her complete life story so many books only cover her childhood or her first or second marriage This non fiction book covered it allThe notorious Borgia familyall three husbands Giovanni Sforza Alfonso of Aragon and Alfonso d EsteThe Italian Wars and an intimate look and detailed history about the city of Ferrara where Lucrezia s life ended I m not a big non fiction fan but this book answered my uestions I ust visited Ferrara and saw The Este Palace and the tomb s of The Este family at Corpus Domini I wanted information about this uiet town and detailed information about who was in those dungeons and why I found it interesting during the Italian wars how Isabella and Ferdinand of Aragon King Henry VII and VIII and course King Louis XII and Francis I of France were involved Bradford couldn t do a complete biography about Lucrezia without detailing all of these events and the people surrounding her This book is very complete I didn t find the author s style to be dry maybe because I was interested Bradford begins with Lucrezia s birth and debunks myths and raises facts about this family She uses old documents to come to her conclusions If you want to know about this family this wonderful book will answer your uestions Lucrezia and Alfonso I s tomb at Corpus Domini Not the best shot but I had to be uick The nun was watching us Leaving the Dungeon where Giulio d Este was kept The author goes into great detail about this event Just look at how small the door is Imagine being down there underground no electricity rats and etc You might ask why someone like me would continue to be a Catholic after reading this book Add to this the number of pedophile scandals among the clergy in recent years and you have a real point However incest pedophilia and assassination in the name of politicspowerpositionand greed is nothing new to the realm of Popedom and the ChurchMy reason then for remaining a Catholic is based on the basic tenets of the Church and not on the people who run themOne of these is none othe Like most historical figures that interest me I was first introduced to Lucrezia Borgia 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 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.

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Lucrezia Borgia: Life, Love, and Death in Renaissance ItalyBarely anything to do with herThis could be excused as a way of teaching readers about Lucrezia s Italy Excepta Bradford drops so many names that only a historian could keep track of everyone and b Bradford tell us little of what Lucrezia herself didFor example Bradford mentions that Lucrezia administered Ferrera while her husband was awaythen talks about said husband ignoring whatever Lucrezia did including fascinating things like Prisoner of Midnight judging the innocence or guilt of Ferrera s citizens Instead of building an interesting world in which Lucrezia had a part Bradford built a world in which Lucrezia faded into the background to be forgottenThe result is confusing and in parts dullAs a history fan I found a lot of interesting bits But anyone picking up this book for Lucrezia might be disappointed Elizabeth ReuterAuthor The Demon of Renaissance Drive I m still very interested in Lucrezia and the Borgias generally but Iust do not like Bradford s style Very clinical and dry which is NOT what you want from a biography of a Borgia Bradford BOSH!: The Cookbook: Simple Recipes. 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All Plants. just sloughs along from one event to another in Lucrezia s life interspersing lengthy and often irrelevant andor sycophantic excerpts from her letters that oftentimes you reust happy to zip through This book suffers the most common and worst fate of biographies the subjects ust do not feel like "real people who lived and breathed They all feel like vague shadows or monolithic statues of "people who lived and breathed They all feel like vague shadows or monolithic statues of Very disappointingI made it through the majority of this book before the library cut off my renewals It was that rough going I could not disagree with the reviewers who are lambasting this book for its lack of purple prose and for not having the Antonia Frasier approach of ust make stuff up Meticulously referenced and using vast amounts of primary sources as well as looking in a measured way at historical debates this is exactly what a biography should be and Lucrezia emerges from her own voice and those of the people around her rather than and Lucrezia emerges from her own voice and those of the people around her rather than a trashy historical fiction heroineWhat emerges is fascinating a woman surrounded by violence and intrigue and incredibly able and politically adept with the Borgia resilience that allowed her to uickly recover from the horrible fates of those she loved without losing any of her devotion to their murderers a woman of great and apparently sincere piety and complete sexual amorality a woman who would condone her brother s hideous miscarriages of Mr. Jelly's Business justice and yet spent much of her time pleading for clemency for prisoners a loving and happily married wife who carried on long term adulterous affairs Her contradictions are the most interesting part Given great power and riches at a very young age living a life of almost obscene self indulgence governing cities by seventeen thrust into temporary marriages as stepping stones for her family and loving excessively a father and brothers of stunning brutality the Lucrezia depicted here is morally ambiguous but very definitely a strong and intelligent woman of unusual gifts and capabilities neither the monster nor the passive innocent of fictionPerhaps the most fascinating part of her life is the part most ignored by sensationalists who focus on her Borgia connection her life in Ferrarra That she could largely negotiate her own marriage into a family who were desperate to escape having to accept her marrying into them and win the hearts minds and trust of at least the male members of the family though never her sister in law is an incredible achievement That the marriage wasn t annulled when the Borgia connection became a disadvantage and there were reasons enough for an annulment and that in fact she was freuently trusted to rule Ferrarra for long periods of time is even impressive Lucrezia s delicate handling of her lover s affection and trust to help save Ferrarra from a hostile Pope shows her great ability and the fact that she managed to transform herself from the notorious bastard Lucrezia Borgia to the beloved and almost universally respected Duchess of Ferrarra hailed on all sides as a beautiful modest wise and above all good princess is an incredible story I spent most of the book marvelling at notust her canny intelligence but the incredible charm she must have exerted to win so many hostile men including her family s implacable enemies over to her sideThis is an excellent telling of her life scholarly but not dense readable but not sensationalised measured and fair and using "sources uniue to this book It relies on the authentic voices of the Renaissance to bring out the extraordinary impact this " uniue to this book It relies on the authentic voices of the Renaissance to bring out the extraordinary impact this managed to have on her timeIt s probably sad then that the most striking fact that remains with me is that Lucrezia and her father in law shared a hobby of collecting nun. Te in love and utterly indifferent to sexual morality 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 Bradford is an expert on the Borgia family and in Lucrezia she has found a subject ideally suited to her gift for narrative and psychological insight Sex gossip murder astonishing beauty and ambition this is the Renaissance at its most irresistib. Nd her awesome psychotic family through fiction In high school "I read The Borgia Bride which was told from the perspective of Lucrezia s sister in law Sancha of Aragon It "read The Borgia Bride which was told from the perspective of Lucrezia s sister in law Sancha of Aragon It awesome and as I now know from reading this book pretty accurate for several reasons first lots of sex which to a fifteen year old is a great recommendation in itself second it was full of poisonings backstabbing both figurative and literal I recall that Sancha carried a dagger in her gown and used it several times political intrigue and general skullduggery Also the author decided that yes the rumors were true and Lucrezia was sleeping with both her father and her brother Cesare so there was that additional bit of escandalo It was an awesome read is what I m saying and when I saw this in a bookstore I decided to buy it on a whim and find out about the real Lucrezia Borgia The first half when her father is Pope and is gaining power and then at the height of it is fascinating There are murders wars scheming teenage mistresses bastard children and other classic Renaissance style fun and syphilis What I learned from this segment of the book is that the Borgias bad historical reputation is well earned Alexander basically bribed his way into the papacy and despite being a religious person had no problem keeping a mistress and being a power hungry murderous 6 1/2 Body Parts (Body Movers, jackass in order to keep his power his son Cesare wanted to take over Italy and came pretty damn close and one of the Borgia children was murdered probably by his own siblings and found dead in a river The only thing that s missing is the incest which Bradford adamantly insists did not happen I m inclined to agree after all Cesare and Alexander could sleep with literally any women they wanted so it s not like they were so desperate for tail they resorted to banging their sisterdaughter but in the interest of fairness and rumor mongering Bradford doesn t really offer up any compelling evidence that Lucrezia didn t sleep with her father or her brother Just sayin In fact there aren t many claims made in this book at all which is one reason it loses a star Bradford isn t really making any specific points with this book aside from setting out to show us that Lucrezia was a not sleeping with her family members and b not nearly as villainous as she s portrayed and was actually very intelligent and sympathetic Many of the other characters are interesting that she is particularly her fascinating and totally evil brother Cesare who deserves a book of his own I m sure there are several already but at times it felt like he was the one Bradford really wanted to be writing about Sancha also makes a few appearances she s known as Sancia here and the little bits of information that Bradford reveals about her actions are tantalizingly brief She ll mention offhandedly Sancia was now Cesare s mistress and then a few chapters later Sancia was no longer with Cesare and was now the mistress of so and so with nothing in between This made me want to find a biography of Sancha because she sounds cool as hell Eually so is Lucrezia s other sister in law Isabella d Este the sister of Lucrezia s third husband who becomes an important character in the second half of the book Unfortunately that s where it gets boring Once Lucrezia marries Alfonso d Este and moves away from Rome she s away from the center of the papal goings on which means the reader is too Then Cesare and Alexander die and there are no cool characters doing batshit crazy things Instead it sust chapter after chapter of Then Lucrezia got pregnant again and had another miscarriage Then she wrote this letter to this person Then Alfonso went to war and Lucrezia was in charge of Ferrara and here s some stuff she did Once the crazy Borgias are gone and it s ust Lucrezia the story stops being interesting It doesn t help that Bradford s writing style is so dry and dull already even when describing poisonings and ruinous affairs and she makes Lucrezia s later life intolerably boring Also Bradford s writing can be very confusing and oddly structured as evidenced in this bizarrely constructed sentence that I had to read three times before I understood what it was trying to say That very day alone in charge at Ferrara since Alfonso was away in camp and Ippolito also Lucrezia despite Sanudo s report of panic kept her head informing Alfonso of all she was doing to help including sending a spy to Venice to find out whether the Venetians were arming forces and if so of what kind What There has got to be a better way to phrase all that Unfortunately Lucrezia Borgia promises a lot it doesn t deliver onThe book is only half about Lucrezia Bradford branches out to tell the stories of not only those close to her but those who had. Day Born the illegitimate daughter of Rodrigo Cardinal Borgia and his scheming mistress Vannozza Cattanei Lucrezia was twelve when her father became Pope Alexander VI and thirteen when she was forced into her first marriage She would marry twice gaining increasing power with each match until she came into her own as duchess of the city state of Ferrara Bradford argues that in her maturity Lucrezia was an enlightened ruler kind and decisive in time of war generous to the poets and artists of her court passiona. .