Blood & Beauty

Blood & Beauty Is There A Family In History Dazzling, Dangerous And Notorious Than The Borgias A Powerhouse Of The Italian Renaissance, Their Very Name Epitomizes The Ruthless Politics And Sexual Corruption Of The Papacy.The Father, Pope Alexander VI, A Consummate Politician And A Man With A Voracious Appetite Both As Cardinal And Pope.The Younger Juan, Womanizer And Thug, And Their Lovely Sister, Lucretia, Whose Very Name Has Become A Byword For Poison, Incest And Intrigue.But How Much Of The History About This Remarkable Family Is Actually True, And How Much Distorted, Filtered Through The Age Old Mechanisms Of Political Spin, Propaganda And Gossip What If The Truth, The Real History, Is Even Challenging Blood Beauty The Borgias Is An Epic Novel Which Sets Out To Capture The Scope, The Detail, The Depth, The Colour And The Complexity Of This Utterly Fascinating Family. Oh, the Borgias What an extraordinary family and what a story.Just when you think that things couldn t becomescandalous, they do.A Pope with a family Check Forbidden attraction between siblings Check Poisonings and intrigue and, dare I say, murder The attraction of this story is not just the crazy Borgias, it s also Rome itself.All roads lead to it, the center of power in Europe for centuries One never really rules Rome, you just ride your wave of popularity until it crashes.This c Oh, the Borgias What an extraordinary family and what a story.Just when you think that things couldn t becomescandalous, they do.A Pope with a family Check Forbidden attraction between siblings Check Poisonings and intrigue and, dare I say, murder The attraction of this story is not just the crazy Borgias, it s also Rome itself.All roads lead to it, the center of power in Europe fo
Eh.Dunant s clearly done her research, and I appreciate an accurate and sympathetic fictional account of the family But I feel like this book fails as a work of fiction That same historical research gets in the way of story, and large swathes of the book read as the straight listing of historical events Which isn t to say historical accuracy and good storytelling are mutually exclusive, just that they fail to combine here None of the characters come off the page with any real vibrancy, eve Eh.Dunant s clearly done her research, and I appreciate an accurate and sympathetic fictional account of the family But I feel like this book fails as a work of fiction That same historical research gets in the way of story, and large swathes of the book read as the straight listing of histori
Sarah Dunant has written three acclaimed novels of Renaissance Italy in which she consciously narrowed her focus to the long concealed stories of ordinary women on the margins rather than following what she termed the historical celebrity version of life Now, in a noteworthy switch, we re presented with Blood Beauty, which centers on perhaps the most grasping and notorious celebrities of the era The Borgia name instantly evokes images of glorious wealth and evenglorious power, co Sarah Dunant has written three acclaimed novels of Renaissance Italy in which she consciously narrowed her focus to the long concealed stories of ordinary women on the margins rather than following what she termed the historical celebrity version of life Now, in a noteworthy switch, we re presented with Blood Beauty, which centers on perhaps the most
2.5 starsI m sure it s not the publishers hope that when they send out these ARCs to readers like myself for honest reviews, the response from certain ungrateful quarters is going to be snarky GIFspam I m sure I m supposed to beprofessional and serious about the whole process, but unfortunately or fortunately, YMMV it s how I cope.Believe me, I was optimistic about this book when I entered the Giveaway My exposure to the Borgias has been limited to a two book bodice ripper series by G 2.5 starsI m sure it s not the publishers hope that when t
Think of Renaissance Italy and one name tends spring to mind Borgia The Borgias A family with humble Spanish roots that raced their way to the height of power in the late fifteenth century The head of the family was Rodrigo, known now to history as Pope Alexander VI he and his sons Juan, Cesare and Jofre, his daughter Lucrezia and long term mistress Vanozza are familiar to many.With their rise in power came rumour, scandal, violence and corruption Rodrigo himself is thought to have bribed Think of Renaissance Italy and one name tends spring to mind Borgia The Borgias A family with humble Spanish roots that raced their way to the height of power in the late fifteenth century The head of the family was Rodrigo, known now to history as Pope Alexander VI he and his sons Juan, Cesare a
This is a book I should have read on it s own, not while I was also reading something else I kept losing my concentration, especially in the first part which I found quite dry After the death of Juan Borgia, you really begin to know Rodrigo Pope Alexander VI The whole feeling of the novel changed for me then and the characters in the Borgia family came alive What passionate and violent times they lived in and it s worthwhile knowing that all the major cities behaved in similar warring fash This is a book I should have read on it s own, not while I was also reading something else I kept losing my concentra
I won this book from that other site I sometimes frequent It s a long book 502 pages in the ARC so it took me awhile to get through it And this rendering of Pope Alexander VI and his 6 illegitimate children still isn t even all told, as Dunant is writing a sequel All I knew about the Borgias was something about the daughter Lucrezia, s
3.85 stars It s funny how our moods are I tried this book back in August and I couldn t get into it The author loves lots of details I picked it up again in November and I really enjoyed it When I say details I wish I had the book in front of me to choose a sentence but her writing style was full of adjectives I could skim those What I did like was the story I ve read many NF books on this family and have been waiting for some HF books to come out The ones that have are full of incest 3.85 stars It s funny how our moods are I tried this book back in August and I
Full disclosure I work for the publisher of this book, which is why I have read it before it s out But it s not a marketing gimmick to say I completely loved it I m not by any means a historical fiction reader, really, though I do enjoy Hilary Mantel, and I think I enjoyed this for the same reason The setting is incredibly strong you can almost smell the hot Roman streets in the height of summer, and feel the cloying air More than this, though, the characters are unbelievably realistic L Full disclosure I w
Where is the craft This book has simply taken a series of events surrounding the Borgias and stated them with a little manufactured dialogue thrown in But where is the craft of storytelling Where is the actual character development so the reader actually becomes invested in the character and their journey Absent This is lazy writing Take an interesting family historical period just narrate the series of events paint by numbers historical nove

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  • Hardcover
  • 529 pages
  • Blood & Beauty
  • Sarah Dunant
  • English
  • 22 January 2017
  • 1844087425