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The Vatican Princess: A Novel of Lucrezia Borgia (udgave 2017)

af C. W. Gortner (Forfatter)

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"For fans of Philippa Gregory and Alison Weir, bestselling author C.W. Gortner effortlessly weaves history and drama in this captivating novel about one of the world's most notorious families. Glamorous and predatory, the Borgias fascinated and terrorized fifteenth-century Renaissance Italy, and Lucrezia Borgia, beloved daughter of the pope, was at the center of the dynasty's ambitions. Slandered as a heartless seductress who lured men to their doom, was she in fact the villainess of legend, or was she trapped in a familial web, forced to choose between loyalty and survival? With the ascension of the Spaniard Rodrigo Borgia as Pope Alexander VI, a new era has dawned in Rome. Benefitting from their father's elevation are the new pope's illegitimate children--his rival sons, Cesare and Juan, and beautiful young daughter Lucrezia--each of whom assumes an exalted position in the papal court. Privileged and adored, Lucrezia yearns to escape her childhood and play a part in her family's fortunes. But Rome is seductive and dangerous: Alliances shift at a moment's notice as Italy's ruling dynasties strive to keep rivals at bay. As Lucrezia's father faces challenges from all sides, the threat of a French invasion forces him to marry her off to a powerful adversary. But when she discovers the brutal truth behind her alliance, Lucrezia is plunged into a perilous gambit that will require all her wits, cunning, and guile. Escaping her marriage offers the chance of happiness with a passionate prince of Naples, yet as scandalous accusations of murder and incest build against her, menacing those she loves, Lucrezia must risk everything to overcome the lethal fate imposed upon her by her Borgia blood. Beautifully wrought, rich with fascinating historical detail, The Vatican Princess is the first novel to describe Lucrezia's coming-of-age in her own voice. What results is a dramatic, vivid tale set in an era of savagery and unparalleled splendor, where enemies and allies can be one and the same, and where loyalty to family can ultimately be a curse. Advance praise for The Vatican Princess "Elegantly written and deeply researched, with a pacy style and a fine eye for contemporary detail. The world of Renaissance Italy is vividly brought to life--I'm captivated by this knowledgeable author's take on the controversial Borgias."--Alison Weir, New York Times bestselling author of Katherine of Aragon, The True Queen "A spiderweb of Renaissance intrigue with a cast of legendary characters, The Vatican Princess tells Lucrezia Borgia's story in her own words. Impressive research, a lush background, and deft characterization of these turbulent times make for a fascinating read."--Margaret George, New York Times bestselling author of Elizabeth I "C. W. Gortner's The Vatican Princess is a tale of passion, political intrigue, and poisonous power. Assiduously researched and expertly crafted, this novel takes readers inside the treacherous world of the Borgias--one of history's most dysfunctional ruling families--and brings to life the sympathetic and freshly imagined character of their leading lady, Lucrezia. This unholy plunge into Rome's darkest dynasty is wholly engrossing."--Allison Pataki, New York Times bestselling author of Sisi"-- "Glamorous and predatory, the Borgias became Italy's most ruthless and powerful family, electrifying and terrorizing their 15th-century Renaissance world. To this day, Lucrezia Borgia is known as one of history's most notorious villainesses, accused of incest and luring men to doom with her arsenal of poison. International bestselling author C.W. Gortner's new novel delves beyond the myth to depict Lucrezia in her own voice, from her pampered childhood in the palaces of Rome to her ill-fated, scandalous arranged marriages and complex relationship with her adored father and her rival brothers--brutal Juan and enigmatic Cesare. This is the dramatic, untold story of a papal princess who came of age in an era of savage intrigue and unparalleled splendor, and whose courage led her to overcome the fate imposed on her by her Borgia blood"--… (mere)
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Titel:The Vatican Princess: A Novel of Lucrezia Borgia
Forfattere:C. W. Gortner (Forfatter)
Info:Ballantine Books (2017), Edition: Reprint, 416 pages
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This book wanted to have it both ways--Lucrezia was a nice girl, but her family was just as horrible as you think. ( )
  bookhookgeek | May 11, 2018 |
Lucrezia Borgia is growing up in a household owned by the widow of her father's brother Adriana de Mill. She had left her mother Vannozza's care when she was 7. Lucrezia is her father's favorite child and he decides that she should be educated and sends her to school, a rarity in the 1490s. Pope Innocent VIII has just died and Lucrezia's father, Rodrigo Borgia, is soon elected to the papacy as Pope Alexander VI. With Lucrezia's great education and family links she becomes her father's pawn in the marriage market in an effort to gain him power.

While much of this story is about her family, it is seen through the eyes of an innocent Lucrezia. She is used by her father and brothers throughout her father's papacy in order to gain money and power for the family. Everything that they do is all for the family. Lucrezia is completely devoted to her father and brothers until she learns their true natures. After that she only desires happiness, but not at the expense of the family, of course.

I found it amazing that a priest who openly acknowledged his four illegitimate children could become Pope. While Pope he allowed them to violently play the political scene of the times. In fact, Lucrezia's brother Cesare was Machiavelli's inspiration for his book The Prince. The Borgias certainly earned their reputation in history. I knew nothing about them before reading this book but enjoyed the journey. ( )
  Violette62 | May 13, 2017 |
Delivered, as expected, a tale of the Borgias, focusing on Lucrezia, following her character from an innocent girl of around age 12 to a mature woman. Lucrezia here is in line with the current idea of the historical character, (rather than the conniving poisoner I grew up with). She'll be somewhat familiar to watchers of TV's 'The Borgias.' Perhaps the book also seemed quite familiar to me as I read this one, which covers much of the same territory, not too long ago: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/167128943 But a bit of familiarity is bound to come with historical fiction.

It's true that history indicates that the worst crimes ascribed to Lucrezia Borgia were most likely scurrilous rumors spread by her family's enemies, but the character here is a bit TOO good-hearted and innocent. The author really draws a line, making Lucrezia and her second husband Alfonso the 'good guys' and pretty much everyone else the 'bad guys.' At many points in the book, I really wanted Lucrezia to at least hold her own in Renaissance politics, rather than just being an unwitting pawn who never seems to know what's going on around her. There's also one rather-shocking scene which feels a little out-of-tune with the rest of the book. It made me wish that either the whole book was racier (I like racier), or that it had been toned down.

Still, if this is a time period you're interested in, the book's not bad at all.

Many thanks to NetGalley and Ballantine for the opportunity to read. As always, my opinions are solely my own. ( )
  AltheaAnn | May 3, 2016 |
This book features another take on the scandalous Borgia family, with Lucrezia, the beautiful daughter of Pope Alexander VI, as the central character. To those familiar with the history, Lucrezia was well-know for her beauty, married three times, and endured numerous rumors of incest with both her father and her brother. This novel presents Lucrezia in a favorable light and is well worth reading for those interested in the Borgia family. ( )
  wagner.sarah35 | Mar 5, 2016 |
I was beyond thrilled to be given the chance to read this latest book by Mr. Gortner. He is one of my favorite authors of historical fiction. In The Vatican Princess he takes on the legendary Lucrezia Borgia. Was she the evil poisoner that history tells us she was or was she just a political pawn of her family? For what were women good for but making alliances? And babies.

The book picks up when Lucrezia is 13 and her father has just been elevated to the papacy as Alexander VI. Rome is a hotbed of family rivalries all seeking power and the biggest seat of that power belongs to the Pope. Through intimidation and bribery Rodrigo Borgia has now brought his family to the pinnacle of power but that does not mean all are happy – in Rome or within the Borgia family. But this is Lucrezia’s story as much as her brothers Juan and Cesare play big roles. If you know anything at all about this complicated family you know that what history has left to us is not the whole story; that we will never really know for the Pope that followed Alexander VI was the indomitable Julius II and was a della Rovere and that family was a long standing enemy of the Borgias. And you know what they say – history is written by the victors. Not only written but often changed to suit their purposes.

Lucrezia at 13 is sent into her first marriage because it is politically advantageous for the new Pope but as she is “still not a woman” the marriage is not consummated and ultimately is annulled. This leads to her second marriage – also for political reasons but there are reasons to believe that this one was happy for her but soon his usefulness to the family is no more. I’m not giving anything away as Lucrezia’s marriages are part of the historical record, not to mention the fate of her husbands. After her second husband’s death- I’ll leave a bit of mystery as to how it happened – she finds herself a bit adrift but far more politically savvy at the end of this marriage so that going into her third she is a much smarter woman.

And that is where this book ends. Lucrezia is still young and the best part of her life is ahead of her but she will not live a very long life. She dies at 39 but she did give her third husband 10 children – not all of them lived. But I’m getting ahead of myself and the book. I’m sorry – she is a fascinating woman for good or bad.

The book is fascinating. It presents Lucrezia as a child who loves her father then a confused young wife, then a hurt woman when she finally realizes that she is being used. The rumours about her persist but this book makes her more real, more human. Mr. Gortner does a marvelous job of bringing the time alive through descriptions of the food, the clothing and sumptuous palaces. He also brings the ugliness of the time to life as well. It’s the kind of book you start and just can’t stop. I have a deeper appreciation for Lucrezia and I really dislike her father at this point. Her brother is another story altogether. Read the book – you won’t be disappointed. ( )
  BooksCooksLooks | Feb 26, 2016 |
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"For fans of Philippa Gregory and Alison Weir, bestselling author C.W. Gortner effortlessly weaves history and drama in this captivating novel about one of the world's most notorious families. Glamorous and predatory, the Borgias fascinated and terrorized fifteenth-century Renaissance Italy, and Lucrezia Borgia, beloved daughter of the pope, was at the center of the dynasty's ambitions. Slandered as a heartless seductress who lured men to their doom, was she in fact the villainess of legend, or was she trapped in a familial web, forced to choose between loyalty and survival? With the ascension of the Spaniard Rodrigo Borgia as Pope Alexander VI, a new era has dawned in Rome. Benefitting from their father's elevation are the new pope's illegitimate children--his rival sons, Cesare and Juan, and beautiful young daughter Lucrezia--each of whom assumes an exalted position in the papal court. Privileged and adored, Lucrezia yearns to escape her childhood and play a part in her family's fortunes. But Rome is seductive and dangerous: Alliances shift at a moment's notice as Italy's ruling dynasties strive to keep rivals at bay. As Lucrezia's father faces challenges from all sides, the threat of a French invasion forces him to marry her off to a powerful adversary. But when she discovers the brutal truth behind her alliance, Lucrezia is plunged into a perilous gambit that will require all her wits, cunning, and guile. Escaping her marriage offers the chance of happiness with a passionate prince of Naples, yet as scandalous accusations of murder and incest build against her, menacing those she loves, Lucrezia must risk everything to overcome the lethal fate imposed upon her by her Borgia blood. Beautifully wrought, rich with fascinating historical detail, The Vatican Princess is the first novel to describe Lucrezia's coming-of-age in her own voice. What results is a dramatic, vivid tale set in an era of savagery and unparalleled splendor, where enemies and allies can be one and the same, and where loyalty to family can ultimately be a curse. Advance praise for The Vatican Princess "Elegantly written and deeply researched, with a pacy style and a fine eye for contemporary detail. The world of Renaissance Italy is vividly brought to life--I'm captivated by this knowledgeable author's take on the controversial Borgias."--Alison Weir, New York Times bestselling author of Katherine of Aragon, The True Queen "A spiderweb of Renaissance intrigue with a cast of legendary characters, The Vatican Princess tells Lucrezia Borgia's story in her own words. Impressive research, a lush background, and deft characterization of these turbulent times make for a fascinating read."--Margaret George, New York Times bestselling author of Elizabeth I "C. W. Gortner's The Vatican Princess is a tale of passion, political intrigue, and poisonous power. Assiduously researched and expertly crafted, this novel takes readers inside the treacherous world of the Borgias--one of history's most dysfunctional ruling families--and brings to life the sympathetic and freshly imagined character of their leading lady, Lucrezia. This unholy plunge into Rome's darkest dynasty is wholly engrossing."--Allison Pataki, New York Times bestselling author of Sisi"-- "Glamorous and predatory, the Borgias became Italy's most ruthless and powerful family, electrifying and terrorizing their 15th-century Renaissance world. To this day, Lucrezia Borgia is known as one of history's most notorious villainesses, accused of incest and luring men to doom with her arsenal of poison. International bestselling author C.W. Gortner's new novel delves beyond the myth to depict Lucrezia in her own voice, from her pampered childhood in the palaces of Rome to her ill-fated, scandalous arranged marriages and complex relationship with her adored father and her rival brothers--brutal Juan and enigmatic Cesare. This is the dramatic, untold story of a papal princess who came of age in an era of savage intrigue and unparalleled splendor, and whose courage led her to overcome the fate imposed on her by her Borgia blood"--

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