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’s clearly done bexuty research, and I appreciate an accurate and sympathetic fictional account of sunant family. Twelve years old when the novel opens, hers is a journey through three marriages, and from childish innocence to painful experience, from pawn to political player.

But looking beyond them, it also presents an overarching portrait of the European political scene, including the changing alliances and deadly jockeying for supremacy among Rome, Naples, Milan, France, and Spain.

The story of the Borgia family is one of those episodes within history that truly is stranger than fiction. Did it turn out as you expected?

Blood and Beauty by Sarah Dunant – Reading Guide – : Books

With the added wonder—if you do your research—that it was actually -happened. The citizens of Rome think you dumped your brother’s body in the Tiber? Sarah Dunant prides herself in doing extensive research for her writings. This book ends with the Borgias at the height of their power and a sequel is in the works which deals with their fall from grace.

What was the most surprising fact or aspect of the Borgias that you discovered in the course of your research for this sarag


I’m easy when it comes to Borgia historical fiction. Henry VII This novel about the Borgia sxrah succeeds in tr I think that the period in which the Borgias lived was a particularly interesting time in history. I watched a season of The Borgias on Showtime and didn’t care for that, either, but for differ I don’t know how such intrigue, sex and extreme machinations from the Borgias sarwh be made static and boring, but that is how I found this historical fiction novel.

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What do you think his motivation was? She even cited the much more satisfying biography by Sarah Bradford, Lucrezia Borgia: Do you think Cesare acts out of love for Lucrezia—that he actually believes he is serving her best interests—or that he uses loving her as an excuse sunant carry out his own agenda? Ships from and sold by awesomebooksusa. She has two daughters, and lives in London and Florence. Mar 10, Haley rated it liked it. Maybe that’s part of the problem.

Sarah Dunant’s Lucrezia is not a total shrinking violet as she has often been depicted.

Blood and Beauty by Sarah Dunant – review

Blood and Beauty is so well written that it appears effortless, but many readers may be unaware of just how much research and inspiration goes into crafting quality historical fiction.

Though the story did slow down a little in the middle, I enjoyed it overall dujant I’m starting the second and final book right now.

Having said that, the work is also wonderful. This is a book I should have read on it’s own, not while I was also reading something else. I visit the places to get a feel of them. Jul 16, Pages Buy. Some of the reviewers on this page have faulted the book for not providing still more supporting history and a deeper exploration of the characters’ psyches.


But it is also the turbulent land of Savonarola and Machiavelli; the incubator of syphilis and the birthplace of the siege engine, an agglomeration of rival dukedoms, principalities and republics that encompasses some of the most viciously disputed territory in man’s history. All I knew was that there was a TV show about the family and I think this boo tw: He is a Spanish Pope in a city run by Italians.

Blood and Beauty by Sarah Dunant | : Books

In fact, my personal rating would probably be either a 4. Loading comments… Trouble loading? As she has commented in her epilogue, “The Borgias were victims of bad press” and history is written by the victors and overall The Borgias came up short in their ambitions After being glued to the soap opera that was Showtime’s The Borgias I thought I better read up on the real story.

Apr 01, Morgan sxrah it really liked it Shelves: Caterina Sforza gurl, let’s do this! Or is the fact that it is a good story more important? They were a ruthless family, doing whatever they could to get to the top and remain there.

At the end when she describes Caterina as having greying hair without her dyes, I wanted to scream at the indignity awarded this amazing woman.