The Borgias: The Rise and Fall of the Most Infamous Family in History

Fact is deftly sorted from fiction in this description of the incredible rise of the Borgias from obscurity to the very center of the Renaissance.

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By Paige (Melbourne, Australia) · ★★★☆☆ · February 08, 2015
I won't lie, I STRUGGLED through this book.

I think half the struggle was that this is a dense book. As someone who knew nothing about The Borgias, I had no idea of the papal connections. The story revolves around the eminent Rodrigo De Borja, Pope Alexander VI, and his son Cesare Borgia. With suc... ...more
By Windsor (Tempe, AZ) · ★★★★☆ · October 07, 2014
Much better than I thought. Really makes you wonder if the family matters, and it's hard to say no with the political evidence. Alexander dominated Italian politics, although it's hard to find a pope outside of him who did the same for his family ...more
By Monique (The United States) · ★★★★☆ · September 26, 2014
a great concise history of the Borgia family. saving in depth review for group discussion. ...more
By Mark (Phoenix, AZ) · ★★★☆☆ · September 28, 2014
It is difficult to think of a family as controversial as the Borgias. The libidinous life of pope Alexander VI and the ruthless actions of his son Cesare generated no shortage of enemies, who did much to define them as infamous characters. One of the strengths of Michael Mallett's book is his eff... ...more
By Tara · ★★★☆☆ · July 07, 2013
Informative reading but dry as a high-school textbook.
Too many facts, too little personalities.
I think Borgias were more than battles and church politics. ...more