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Matthew Graham Scarsbrook is a prize-winning screenwriter and novelist. He is the author of two historical suspense novels, THE MARLOWE CONSPIRACY and POISON IN THE BLOOD. He recently adapted THE MARLOWE CONSPIRACY into a screenplay and won the nationwide Writers On The Storm Screenwriting Contest, placing first out of 1000 entries. Matthew currently lives in South Gloucestershire, UK and is now at work on a new detective series.

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  • File Size: 2549 KB
  • Print Length: 1033 pages
  • Publisher: Red Herring (February 3, 2011)
  • Publication Date: February 3, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004M8SSRI
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"The Life of Cesare Borgia" by Sabatini (included in this collection) is an excellent book. It can however be obtained as a free edition since it's a very old book. So are the other books in this collection.

There's no reason whatsoever for wasting $0.99 by giving it freely to the person who put those together to try and make a quick buck and advertise his novel. All of them are available for free.

Also, it's poorly organized and must be rather confusing for new readers of this subject matter, that this collection mixes so chaotically poor fiction and history. I hope you realize that Dumas' book is fiction.
And in fact, Gregorovius' book is so prone to switching between historical fact one moment and shameless inventions on another that that one too, hardly deserves to be called "history".

Sabatini's book is by far the best of the lot, and the only one that can be honestly called history since it presents all the facts and allows the readers to see the entire situation, instead of inventing things or choosing to present known false rumors as fact like Gregorovius incessantly does.
Gregorovius defends Lucrezia alone while relying on the same sources he's discredited to condemn instead the rest of her family, instead of delving into the fact they were as calumniated as her, for a variety of reasons. None of them were innocent little lambs, but one who wishes to call himself a historian should present the actual facts properly, instead of slandering historical characters based on personal dislike!

Personally, I recommend you get the separate free kindle editions of each book just for curiosity's sake, or simply skip on the inferior ones and just go for the one by Rafael Sabatini. There's a number of free versions of it.
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What audacity to entitle a book THE LIFE & LEGEND OF LUCREZIA BORGIA & then state throughout the book that not much is truly know of her & that she would have remained unknown if she hadn't been a member of the Borgia Family! A more proper title would have been the life & times of the Borgia Family as it, like most books on the Borgia's is mostly about Pope Alexander (The clan father Rodrigo) & Ceasere Borgia. Further the author many times uses excerpts from writers of the times of later & never translates them (most of which are in Latin). I know a number of languages, but not Latin!
If you have never read a book on the Borgia's, you may enjoy the book, belter yet if you can read Latin. If you've read about the Borgia's & wanted something on Lucrezia... Don't bother!
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This huge book is an all-inclusive historical fest on Lucrezia Borgia, her family and her life. This one-of-a-kind work begins by whetting our appetite with historical facts and complementary timeline. At over 600 pages, The Life and Legend of Lucrezia Borgia is a fantastic non-fiction collection of research and texts written in such an interesting, yet historically accurate style. This biography indulges the reader with enticing detailed information that encompasses both facts and mundane curiosities about the lady herself-a pure treat for any lover of history!

Also part of this book is a complete section on Lucrezia Borgia with original documents and correspondence from her days, which I was delighted to read. It includes letters and book extracts that detail her life. These are divided in sections that tell all on her father, mother, her first home, her education, her betrothals...everything until her death! One document I particularly loved was the love letter from Pietro Bembo dated: Venice October 18, 1503.

Another fantastic historical book found within this great compilation is Pere Dumas' THE BORGIAS- a whole 16 chapters filled with more detailed info on this notorious family. There is also a note at the beginning of this particular book stressing the violence it contains. Dumas really does not `mince' his words. He wrote the history as gruesome as it was.
And-For anyone obsessed with Cesare Borgia's history, Raphael Sabatini writes: The Life of Cesare Borgia. This is a full history, which includes the criticisms and opinions of the author as well. This historical book contains four books in itself and is a most complete work of history that includes every treachery and betrayal committed by this man and his clan. It's also part of this grand book!
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Lucrezia Borgia is a fascinating woman. I never tire of reading of her life and such a complicated and strong woman! Depending on each author, your feelings about her may waiver, but you have to admire her strength and ability to survive a life time of challenges and unkind situations.
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I enjoy history and I think its important to say that first. This is a big read and to me it was an adventure into a time long past. Not too sure if the ordinary reader would find it to their liking as there are names and episodes that seem to go on and on. It was also an eye opening into the many characters of the Catholic Church. I also read the history of its popes.....so I know this incredible tale is true. I recommend it to that certain type of reader that wants adventure, mystery, murder, and even a bit of religious truth often hidden and for a real good reason.
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