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Poison In The Blood: The Memoirs Of Lucrezia Borgia

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  • Posted March 16, 2011

    Fast Read!

    The pacing of this novel is fast. Renaissance Rome and the extravagant Papal Court, really does lend itself to this sort of action-packed thriller. Lucrezia begins as a rather sheltered young lady, and the author successfully captures the seventeen-year-old narrator's youth and innocence. Family loyalty is all that matters to her and she ignores rumors of her father and brother's bloodthirsty antics. She is a mouse in a lion's den. This all changes, when someone close to Lucrezia is suddenly murdered, and papal officials try to cover-up the killing. She investigates on her own, and as she uncovers the twisted secrets hidden beneath the Borgia's facade of papal purity, she comes into direct conflict with her own family - very daunting when her brother is leader of an army, and her father is the most powerful man in the world. The story is well-researched and the author's appreciation for the historical period is obvious. The time and place are set gorgeously, fueled by historically accurate details and an atmospheric tone. Rome itself becomes a character, full of spies, palaces and slums, crumbling ruins and secret passageways. My favorite scene? Either Lucrezia's sumptuous wedding banquet or Cesare Borgia's army parading through Rome with full pomp and spectacle. The medieval streets seemed to come alive right before me. The humor in this novel was also a nice surprise - it balanced out the darker subject matter. Lucrezia and Cesare have a rather mordant and witty banter, and her husband suffers from an amusing case of spoonerisms! But best of all was Machiavelli. He plays a no-nonsense counselor to Lucrezia, and the chapters where he frankly teaches her political shenanigans were some of the most amusing in the novel! The only reason I gave it 4 not 5 stars, was that one or two scenes were a little on the racy side for my tastes (sorry to sound prudish!) But overall I found it a satisfying read, especially for anyone who like Italy or European history.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 13, 2012

    A quick read

    This book was a quick read and hard to put down. I enjoyed the ride. More amazing is that the relentless twists and turns of deception and ruthlessness were based on real people.

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  • Posted January 11, 2012

    Awesome book

    History mixed with fiction. A must read for all adults. A very touching novel. would recommend M.G. Scarsbrook's work to all.

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