Now screenwriter and first-time novelist Faunce allows Borgia to speak for herself in this extravagant first-person narrative of Borgia’s life in late. Lucrezia Borgia, for example, was the daughter of Pope Alexander VI, and, like just about everyone who grew up at the foot of a throne, her. Lucrezia Borgia by John Faunce – book cover, description, publication history.

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First of all, there was Lucrezia referring to the cardinal hat as a crimson beanie. The language that he chooses to have Lucrezia use is also a big detraction because I can’t even pretend to believe that she would have spoken like that.

No trivia or quizzes yet. It took a good hundred pages or so to really get into the story to boot, and it was sort of disappointing that the end of the book had no relationship to actual history.


I think Faunce draws her well, and I only very rarely found myself reminded that the author was not in fact, a woman. Also Cesare and giggle shouldn’t be in the same sentence, especially if Cesare is the one giggling.

Not because she picked up a sword or even because she fought them naked, but because the whole naked thing actually worked as a distraction. She wasn’t a likeable figure; at least not how this author presented her; she wasn’t evil, she wasn’t brave despite her zena transformations to lucdezia second husband, it just seemed out of place she was a pawn and she could have taken her final stand by seeing it to the end promoting herself if you will to the status of the one capturing the King, she let all the evil happen and cried for those whom she allowed lucrezix die.

Lucrezia its a very interesting character that the autor torn in the book in a very sleazy and fantasious one. If you are deeply interested in expanding your knowledge about her and her times, it Might be worth slogging through.


Not a book to read if you are just interested in learning about Borgia and her times. As far as historical accuracy goes, don’t expect any. In a time when the papacy had temporal powers, corruption in the form of simony and political murders ruled.

Had it not been a historical novel, it might have actually had the potential to be good.

Ana’s ReviewsItalian BlrgiaRenaissance. Much better reading out there if one is interested in the Borgia papacy. She was married three times each time to one of my distant cousins and gave birth to at least seven or eight known children and was the ancestor of many notable people. Mar 05, Cindy rated it liked it Shelves: I’ve been there and its gorgeous. Feb faunnce, Iliana rated it liked it.

Lucrezia Borgia by John Faunce

But this guy just seemed fascinated with his own words, wandering around and around in his endless, dry narrative.

A few years back, my scant knowledge of the Borgia family was watered with an excellent family portrait led by Cardinal Rodrigo Borgia in an HBO film. Maybe more contextualization and less of Lucrezia’s marriages. Oh, except for the last guard, who was gay, and in turn had no obsession with her body.

I wanted to like it, but after reading The Borgias: I would not recommend it. With her virginity declared “miraculously” intact, Lucrezia is forced to marry again, this time to one of Italy’s richest heirs.

To view Cesare in the morals of our own period, as is often done, is wrong and ignores everything that makes Cesare great and the Prince Niccolo Machiavelli wrote about.

It’s a really good read! I found this book to be at once both pretentious jihn sleazy. Jan 30, Fishface rated it liked it Shelves: And the only way you could get out of it lucrwzia if you had some sort obrgia influence, and even then you were to be discreet in your affairs. To put it another way, it makes Showtime’s series look like a historical documentary. Well, the Borgias were not exactly the Brady Bunch, though they did manage to hold the Papal States and most of Europe together for centuries.


I’ve heard the name “Borgia” before but didn’t know much else than that, so it was fun to read a book about the daughter of Pope Alexander VI, a woman trapped by family loyalties between the ambitiousness of her father and ruthless empire-building of her golden brother, Cesare.

Historical Tapestry: Lucrezia Borgia – John Faunce

A few years back, my scant knowledge of the Borgia family was watered with an excellent family portrait led by Cardinal Rodrigo Borgia. He also had a wife in France who refused to remarry and who mourned him until her own death many years after his. The whole book seemed like it was written for shock effect.

Nov 03, Norma rated it it was ok. Roderigo Borgia essentially pimped his daughter in order for her to be assassinate a Bishop who wanted to kill his son.

As it happens, this one reads as a gas bubble in a pool that is hilarious in hindsight as you try to convince everyone else that it wasn’t you. It’s written in a memoir style, yet the narrator keeps dipping into omniscient mode — and not in that “i know this because wossname told me later” way. Paperbackpages.

I’m going to swim against the tide of reviews here and say that I enjoyed this book a lot. Like anything the banning of books borgoa females made privilege females that more interested in learning the things that were explicitly banned for them because of its illicitness.

In dedication to my quest to read all Borgia novels before I present my own, I went ahead and read this one anyway.