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Product Details

  • Paperback: 672 pages
  • Publisher: Broadway Books (July 5, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307956865
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307956866
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 1.5 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #659,619 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

JEAN PLAIDY is the pen name of the prolific English author Eleanor Hibbert, also known as Victoria Holt. More than fourteen million copies of her books have been sold worldwide. 

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If you enjoy historical fiction, then this book is for you!
Fizbenny
Well-drawn characters, this is a fact-based novel of the lives of the Borgia family.
Lynne
The story is taking a long time to develop and it is not calling me to read it.
Luann Lupton

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By karsiyaka on November 27, 2013
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I bought this book after reading "The Serpent and the Pearl" by Kate Quinn. Although that book is very entertaining and is well-written, I was disappointed because "The Serpent and the Pearl" is mostly a fictional romance novel and is about Gulia Farnese, the mistress of Rodrigo Borgia, instead of the Borgias. The contrast between these two books is like day and night. Reading this book, not only one doesn't want to put the book down wanting to know what is coming next because the author did such a good job, but one can't help but to admire how much research she did on her subject matter to be able to write about so many historical events and so many characters in the book in such detail. In most historical fictions, the story line revolves around up to six main characters. On the other hand, I had to make a flow chart to be able to keep tract of the characters and their family connections in the book while reading it.

"The Borgias" actually is two books in one, " Madonna of the Hills" and "Light on Lucrezia", and is over six hundred pages long full of historical details to the point one feels traveling back in time watching as the events unfold. The book does such a fantastic job of describing the psychological profile of the people in the book, so one can understand their motivations behind what they do. Also this is one of very few books which emphasizes the dark side of fame, power and wealth.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Fizbenny on June 24, 2013
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These 2 books were originally released in the 1950's, but you can't tell by reading them. They seem to be very contemporary, but without the political over-tones you get in so many of today's novels. The Borgia's were a very fascinating family, made even more so by Ms. Plaidy's authorship. If you enjoy historical fiction, then this book is for you!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Corky920 on May 29, 2014
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What can I say, I loved this book! I couldn't put it down. Jean Plaidy is a really good writer. This is only the second book I've read of hers and I have enjoyed it! I was memorized by the Borgias. They had a strange family love relationship with each other, I will admit. And it did, at times, leave me scratching my head thinking "Odd. Just odd". But the family itself was one of the most ambitious families I have ever read, always wanting more and getting rid of those who were in their way. Now, I don't want to give anything away and ruin the book so I won't go into too much detail, but if you like historical novels this is definitely for you. Especially, if your not too familiar with Italian history and looking for something a little different.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By RuthE on September 25, 2013
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I thoroughly enjoyed reading again these two novels. They are informative, more simply written then I would have remembered. They give a huge picture into the life at the time of the Borgias, an interesting period of time and amazing the deviousness and wickedness of the Pope and his son. Anyone who enjoys history, colour and events of the past are in for a decent read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lynne on June 17, 2014
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If you watched "The Borgias" on TV or on Netflix, you will enjoy this 2-novel history of The Borgias by Jean Plaidy. Well-drawn characters, this is a fact-based novel of the lives of the Borgia family. This book tends to dispel some overblown myths -Lucrezia and Poison - and places each person in well-described historical reference to the times.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By M. Leister on August 20, 2013
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As a fan of Showtime's The Borgias, I bought this book hoping for closure when I read a review saying it was close to the show's plot. And it did start out similar to the show, enough that I thought Neil Jordan may have been inspired by this book which was written in the 1950s. However, the book fell into total boredom long before it ended and I kept thinking, "isn't she dead yet?"

For those who are wondering, this book will not give Cesare and Lucrezia fans what they want. It mentions, repeatedly how they grew up together and are close and no one understands, like other siblings didn't grow upt together, but there is no incest and Lucrezia goes bafflingly between adoring him, hating him and fearing him.

Lucrezia herself is described by others as a sweet little idiot and that is really all she is portrayed to be. The few glimpses inside her head show she hasn't a thought in it, yet others speculate that she is playing a game. No one seems to know who or what she is, including the author who never makes an attempt at a guess.

Characters fade away with little explanation, maybe they are given a final mention, but mostly they are just gone. In the end Lucrezia is simply gone, the final sentence declaring her dead.

I really know nothing of the real Lucrezia, but I doubt she was as dull, helpless and moronic as the one in this book. Frankly, no one could be that bad.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By L. Fisette on January 26, 2014
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The story of one woman's tragic struggle to live a peaceful and happy life. As a Borgia, she was destined to be surrounded by violence and death.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Susan M. Kane on August 6, 2013
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Got hooked on "The Borgias" from the 3 year-running series on Showtime. Really sad it was cancelled but I started reading the historical accounts and novels so I can continue to enjoy the characters - now they have faces!
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