Blood and Beauty: A Novel About the Borgias [Sarah Dunant] on * FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF. As an acclaimed author of Italian historical novels, it was only a matter of time until Sarah Dunant turned her attention to the notorious Borgia. In her evocation of this scene in “Blood and Beauty,” her novel about the notorious Borgias, Sarah Dunant sends papal guards rushing to save.
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Dunant sticks to the facts and tries to understand the characters. And how I love it. But it’s not a marketing gimmick to say I completely loved it.
He happily kills on command, but reaps no clearly visible benefit. In the 10 years covered by Blood and BeautyBorgia Rome has to negotiate with the armies of the French king Charles VIII, and the great ruling families of divided Italy — “a sack of spatting cats that has learned nothing from the past” — through diplomacy and marriage, poison and charm.
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The quicker pace of storytelling sometimes felt a little rushed, but a book full of long drawn out scenes would be tedious so I think the book balances out well. I think it takes a talented author to tell a compelling tale without giving into all of the salacious gossip. Sadah reviews at The BiblioSanctum Write a customer review. The characterizations are great, whether it’s Cesare and Michelotto’s “best bros who murder” relationship or Cesare and Lucrezia’s “you blokd that you guys are actually related though?
Those who reveled in all the details of this colorful historical era, too, will find even more of beautyy to enjoy here. In fact, my personal rating would probably be either a 4. Part of me was happily lost in the time travel, and part of me was repeatedly struck by how vividly ancient Rome met modern Rome, and how the city of history came to life.
sarsh It’s a subtle work with a large scope, and I think I would have enjoyed it more had Bexuty read a physical copy. When Cardinal Rodrigo Borgia buys his way into the papacy as Alexander VI, he is defined not just by his wealth or his passionate love for his illegitimate children, but by his blood: The Borgias, a Novel.
Jul 03, Sharon Robards rated it really liked it Shelves: If I am truthful it was about a disease.
In getting to know the thoughts and feelings of all the characters in this novel, Sarah Dunant managed to convey the sweeping influence of the Borgias and acquaint us with practically everyone in the family. As you know, every once in a while I will find myself qnd from my usual pattern of reading mostly sci-fi and fantasy and venture into the realm of historical fiction.
Eunant being glued to the soap opera that was Showtime’s The Borgias I thought I better read up on the real story.
It definitely dragged down the parts where Dunant describes the historical goings-on in other parts of Italy and France or behind-the-scenes Borgia events that don’t get their own moment in the spotlight.
Product details Paperback Publisher: From the outset Dunant takes possession of her sprawling, unwieldy material.
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Thanks for telling us about the problem. It is well written, interesting, and it is completely clear that Dunant did her dunajt as far as research is concerned. Anyway, no doubt this period of time was very interesting when it came to the Borgias, but history does show us that the fun doesn’t end there. I want to give it more stars, because Dunant has many a lovely turn of phrase and I appreciate the obvious love she has for the family, but although by amd means unpleasant or difficult to get through, it just wasn’t a very engaging or effective read for me.
Was there anything in the book that surprised you? So much was going on that the book was far more about plot than about character and sometimes when historical records are inconclusive, she shies away from making it clear what she thinks would have happened. It took me a full two weeks to read which is a long time for me.
Her earlier novels include… More about Sarah Dunant. This exquisite, seductive portrait is destined to become a classic. And then Cesare gets infected.
This novel takes us through the tumultuous years of politicking, corruption, intrigue and wars between the Italian city-states, with Alexander and Cesare as puppet masters. This c Oh, the Borgias. He has a lot of on-page time, with not much change to his personality.
As a result, the entire span of events reads more like a historical pageantry, impersonal and lightly-dramatized, holding me at a distance from the people involved. Sancia and Lucrezia were both in somewhat similar situations thrust into marriages based foremost on the political advantages the matches offered their familiesyet their reactions to their circumstances were quite different.
Just as Mantel humanized and, to an extent, rehabilitated the brilliant, villainous Thomas Cromwell and the court of Henry VIII, Dunant transforms the blackhearted Borgias and the conniving courtiers and cardinals of Renaissance Europe into fully rounded characters, brimming with life and lust.
Mar 11, Pages Buy. There are other complaints that I have but I do not want to be unfair to Dunant. I have been utterly seduced by the past: Perhaps a first person narrative would have drawn me into the times and feeling for the period a little more.
A lovely daughter who loves her eldest brother, possibly to the point of incest. I promise you, it really does get better The hectic world of Borgia maneuvering is difficult for a reader to keep track of — actually living in these times must have been a nightmare. I really, really liked it.
And while I am saying it, my head is busting with facts, places, ideas, and an ever-growing cast of outrageous characters.