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Blood and Beauty: The Borgias

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

Love this book!

I am reading this book now. I only wish I didn't work so I could stay home and just read. It is fabulous. I have read many of Sarah Dunant's books and liked them very much.

posted by 17581710 on August 22, 2013

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18 out of 30 people found this review helpful.

The two 5 star ratings on 7/16 were from nookie/texters. So sad

The two 5 star ratings on 7/16 were from nookie/texters. So sad. They have no life-can't seem to talk to each other in real time. Quit giving ratings - you are throwing the entire book review process into the trash. Everyone else - please flag all texting postings -...
The two 5 star ratings on 7/16 were from nookie/texters. So sad. They have no life-can't seem to talk to each other in real time. Quit giving ratings - you are throwing the entire book review process into the trash. Everyone else - please flag all texting postings - report as inappropriate on every book review you look at - report as not helpful so the review goes to the bottom of the page - do something - notify Barnes & Noble. Get their attention that the review process is warped - most of the books reviewed are not equal to the 5 star or 1 star rating the texters give out. Nook people - at least read the book or even an excerpt and then give a rating.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 25, 2013

    Excellent but...

    I am a big fan of Sarah Dunant, I have her three other Italian historical fiction novels in hardback (BIG fan of The Birth of Venus, in particular) ... I was really looking forward to this one. It was good, but somehow not as compelling as some of her other work. At times I found myself almost slogging through pages just to get to something interesting. I will say I did appreciate the portrayal of Lucrezia, she definitely comes off more sympathetic than history portrays her (and we all know history is written by the victors...).

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 2, 2014

    Borgias

    This was a very interesting take on the story of this infamous family. So much mystery surrounds the truth of the actions of this family, but I found this book intriguing. I think it was well done and drew the reader in.

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  • Posted January 31, 2014

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    ENLIGHTENING I was not surprised by a ¿bad Pope¿ or by the ¿Borg

    ENLIGHTENING
    I was not surprised by a “bad Pope” or by the “Borgias” being associated with boundless ambition, greed, corruption and political intrigue. However, I was surprised by the innocence and faith of Lucrezia Borgia – a name I had also associated with the previous characteristics. I was also surprised at the degree of hypocrisy and malevolence of the church and particularly of the supreme head of the church and successor of Peter the Apostle, Pope Alexander VI. It is difficult today to understand how the fifteenth mind could reconcile the doctrines of the church and the thousands killed as heretics to maintain the sanctity of doctrine in light of a Pope that touted his illegitimate children and mistresses, replaced Cardinals and Bishops at will (and often with children), and used murder as a tool to consolidate his position or amass greater personal lands and fortune. Characterization of Pope Alexander VI and Lucrezia Borgia is good, and characterization of Cesare Borgia is excellent. However, the biggest draw for me was the depiction of the turmoil of the Italian states, the major players, and the mores of the times.

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