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The Life & Legend Of Lucrezia Borgia [Kindle Edition]

M. G. Scarsbrook
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Book Description

The most evil woman in history? A pawn of her powerful family? A skilled ruler and a generous patron of the arts? Once described as the 'greatest whore there ever was in Rome', Lucrezia Borgia has captivated historians and artists for centuries with wildly conflicting accounts of her character. This book gathers together all the crucial information needed for a study into the life of Lucrezia, including a detailed timeline, a biographical profile, an extensive description of her life in Rome, and a discussion of the Borgia family's legendary connection to poison.

Optimized for navigation as an eBook, with a table of contents linked to every section, this book also features a broad collection of texts regarding Lucrezia and her notorious family.

- Lucretia Borgia: According To Original Documents and Correspondence of Her Day by Ferdinand Gregorovius
- The Borgias by Alexander Dumas (from 'Celebrated Crimes')
- The Life of Cesare Borgia by Rafael Sabatini
- Lucrezia Borgia, libretto by Felice Romani for the Opera by Gaetano Donizetti (in Italian)
- Encyclopedia Britannica articles (11th edition) on Lucrezia Borgia and Cesare Borgia
- Love Letter From Pietro Bembo to Lucrezia Borgia

- An exclusive excerpt of M. G. Scarsbrook's novel POISON IN THE BLOOD: THE MEMOIRS OF LUCREZIA BORGIA, an historical thriller featuring Lucrezia Borgia fighting to save her husband from assassination by her powerful family.

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About the Author

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.

Product Details

  • File Size: 2549 KB
  • Print Length: 1033 pages
  • Publisher: Red Herring (February 3, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004M8SSRI
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40 of 44 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A clear case of someone making an easy & quick buck... January 5, 2012
By Miim
Format:Kindle Edition
"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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20 of 25 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Life and legend of Lucrezia Borgia May 10, 2011
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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not worth the $0.99! October 8, 2012
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars fascinating woman January 5, 2013
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars History August 4, 2013
By A. May
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The book helped coordinate the 2 shows: 'Borgia' and 'The Borgias.' Info missing in the shows was available in the book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good historical read July 24, 2013
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If historical stories are your cup of tea and you don't mind true fact intertwined in your tale then this isn't too bad
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4.0 out of 5 stars Life & Legend of Lucrezia Borgia May 3, 2013
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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 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very engaging, one is in Rome in 14, 15 century.
Published 4 months ago by Kathy Haramati
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
I thought I may enjoy the book since I found their family fascinating in the SHO series "The Borgia's."
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
A very interesting study of this very interesting lady !!I was born too late !!
Published 7 months ago by Walter James Myles
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Just couldn't get into it. I'll try again later.
Published 10 months ago by Carolyn E. Terry
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Haven't read yet.
Published 10 months ago by kathleen mckinley
2.0 out of 5 stars The life & legend of Lucretia Borgia & her family
It was not what I expected. I think that someone who wished to study this family would have found it more pleasurable.
Published 12 months ago by Jan Veno
2.0 out of 5 stars Reads Like a Textbook
I couldn't get through this one, which is rare for me. Too dry, dull, bland. Might make a good textbook.
Published 15 months ago by Karen Kent
3.0 out of 5 stars Get the facts . . .
. . . and get them in order, pretty complete, and have a handy help to follow wonderful novels like those by Sara Poole (The Poisoner Series -- GREAT), Maryann Phillips, and Sarah... Read more
Published 16 months ago by pjburn
2.0 out of 5 stars Just okay
I was disappointed in this book. I thought it would read like a novel, but it doesn't. I felt I was studying for a final exam. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Mimi
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More About the Author

M. G. Scarsbrook is the author of three novels and the editor of four literary collections.

Since 2011 his books have sold more than 20,000 copies worldwide and been translated into five languages. English editions of his work are sold in paperback, eBook, and audiobook formats at all major online bookstores.

A member of the prestigious Crime Writers' Association and the Society of Authors, he lives in the UK and is working on the next book in the West End Murders series.

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