major biography of the Borgias in thirty years, Christopher Hibbert’s latest
history brings to life the family and the world they lived in: the glittering Rome
of the Italian Renaissance.
Borgia is synonymous with the corruption, nepotism, and greed that were rife in
Renaissance Italy. 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 fame—his daughter Lucrezia and her
brother Cesare, who murdered Lucrezia’s husband and served as the model for
Machiavelli’s The Prince. The Borgias
were notorious for seizing power, wealth, land, and titles through bribery,
marriage, and murder. The story of the family’s dramatic rise from its Spanish
roots to the highest position in Italian society is an absorbing tale. Download and start listening now!