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Vivacious Sancha of Aragon arrives in Rome newly wed to a member of the notorious Borgia dynasty. Surrounded by the city's opulence and political corruption, she befriends her glamorous and deceitful sister-in-law, Lucrezia, whose jealousy is as legendary as her beauty. Some say Lucrezia has poisoned her rivals, particularly those to whom her handsome brother, Cesare, has given his heart. So when Sancha falls under Cesare's irresistible spell, she must hide her secret or lose her life. Caught in the Borgias' ...

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Overview

Vivacious Sancha of Aragon arrives in Rome newly wed to a member of the notorious Borgia dynasty. Surrounded by the city's opulence and political corruption, she befriends her glamorous and deceitful sister-in-law, Lucrezia, whose jealousy is as legendary as her beauty. Some say Lucrezia has poisoned her rivals, particularly those to whom her handsome brother, Cesare, has given his heart. So when Sancha falls under Cesare's irresistible spell, she must hide her secret or lose her life. Caught in the Borgias' sinister web, she summons her courage and uses her cunning to outwit them at their own game. Vividly interweaving historical detail with fiction, The Borgia Bride is a richly compelling tale of conspiracy, sexual intrigue, loyalty, and drama.

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"From sexual passion to mortal danger, the dramatic shift of real historical events will keep the reader turning the pages."

—-Philippa Gregory, author of The Other Boleyn Girl

Publishers Weekly
Against the backdrop of 15th-century Italian internecine feuds, debauchery and Vatican corruption, Kalogridis's latest historical novel (after The Burning Times) chronicles with compelling sweep the story of the ravishing and iron-willed Sancha de Aragon, princess of Naples. Illegitimate daughter to the coldhearted duke of Calabria (briefly king of Naples), she is used to establish ties to the feared and influential House of Borgia when her father betroths her to the younger scion, Jofre. Much to the dismay of her beloved younger brother Alfonso, Sancha is sent from Naples to rule with Prince Jofre in remote Squillace. War with the French will later briefly return her to Naples, but rumors of her beauty reach her lecherous father-in-law, Pope Alexander VI, who recalls her and Jofre to opulent Rome. There, she avoids the pope's advances-and her jealous sister-in-law Lucrezia's animosity-but falls into a steamy affair with her brother-in-law, the dashing Cesare, cardinal of Valencia. Cesare becomes furious when she refuses to leave Jofre, and he sets out on a warpath that includes her brother Alfonso, who has also married into the Borgia clan-to Lucrezia. Kalogridis spins a dramatic tale from a heady mix of royal power plays and passion. Agent, Russell Galen. (June) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312341381
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 5/1/2005
  • Pages: 528
  • Sales rank: 297,818
  • Product dimensions: 5.49 (w) x 8.27 (h) x 0.91 (d)

Meet the Author

Jeanne Kalogridis lives with her partner on the West Coast, where they share a house with two dogs. She is the author of The Scarlet Contessa, The Devil’s Queen, and other dark fantasy and historical novels. Born in Florida, Kalogridis has a B.A. in Russian and a master’s in linguistics, and taught English as a second language at The American University for eight years before retiring to write full-time.

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Reading Group Guide

A story of romance and courage, of danger and desire, set against the rich terrain of Renaissance Italy, for the readers of The Birth of Venus and The Other Boleyn Girl.

Vivacious Sancha of Aragon arrives in Rome newly wed to a member of the notorious Borgia dynasty. Surrounded by opulence and corruption, she befriends her glamorous and seductive sister-in-law, Lucrezia Borgia, whose jealousy is as legendary as her beauty. Some say she has poisoned her rivals, particularly those to whom her handsome brother Cesare has given his heart. So when Sancha falls under Cesare’s irresistible spell, she must hide her secret or lose her life. Caught in their sinister web, she must summon her courage and use her cunning to outwit them at their own game. The Borgia Bride is based on a true figure and weaves real history and fiction to create a tale seething with con-spiracy, sexual intrigue, and drama.

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  • Posted February 14, 2010

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    An Excellent Read That Will Not Disappoint!

    I had had this book on my shelf for a bit and decided it was time to read it. I'm glad I did. This novel follows the life of a Bride to the powerful Borgia family. Ms. Kalogridis' summary of the book states:


    "...THE BORGIA BRIDE is a sumptuous historical novel of passion, betrayal, scheming and incest, set in the Vatican during the 15th century, one of the most exciting, violent and also sensual times of European history. The plot and characters are based on actual historical personages and events..."


    I agree that this book is, to my mind, unique. I have not read many books that focus on the political turmoil of the 15th century in Italy. Oddly enough I have always thought that it was Lucrezia Borgia who had the reputation for using the family recipe for poison. Read this book for another theory! I sailed through the first part of this book - reading late into the night. Mid story slowed a bit for me - but the pace picked up again for a rousing final quarter of the book. The characters in The Borgia Bride are well crafted and carried through a plot that is well thought out expertly crafted with many unusual twists and turns.


    This book makes me want to read all of Ms. Kalodridis' titles. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and would have gone for 5 stars - except for the lag midway through. I don;t think that you would regret reading this fine novel - it's appeal would, obviously, be for anyone who enjoys historical fiction - especially for 15th century Italy - but it would also please any lover of well crafted, fast paced fiction!



    Ms. Kalogridis has an excellent website too - have a look : http://jeannekalogridis.com/

    5 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 31, 2010

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    Twisted, captivating & fascinating!

    Truly one of the most interesting & twisted historical novels I have ever read! It was a little slow to get started but once there I was engrossed. I finished it last night & feel like I am going through withdrawal. The characters were diverse, the historical aspect fascinating, and even more interesting to know that there was a bit of fact mingled in with the fiction. Can't wait to read more from this author!

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 25, 2010

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    A fascinating trip to the heart of corruption at the Vatican during 15th-century Italy

    It started off just a little bit slow but turned out to be very captivating. The story of The Borgia family is told from the perspective of Sancha of Aragon. Chills, thrills, corruption, renaissance, the Vatican.. Definitely a great read for those who are interested in a bit of history coupled with entertainment.

    *However, the ebook edition here does have some formatting issues, as of this date but I contacted B&N and they are working to resolve the problem. It is still readable by all means, just a little distracting when you have T's or 1's in place of I's and r's for t's - especially more towards the end.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 11, 2009

    Fabulous!

    If you like historical fiction, especially with strong women characters, you will love this book. It paints a really full picture of the Borgia family, especially Lucrezia and Cesare. I went to sleep at night thinking about them and woke up in the morning thinking about them. In the shower, driving to work, there they were. A fascinating read.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 23, 2009

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    Good HIstory

    This author has researched certain families that were alive influential in Italy's history during the 1500's and has made their stories come alive through this book. She has captivated the essence of their lives while intertwining fiction to make the story passionate and dramatic. Major facts of the book can be researched, and are, in fact true. The fiction in the book would mainly be conversations and maybe day-to-day events. This is a must read for the individual who is interested in learning some history, but at the same time looking for a good book to read.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 18, 2011

    A little graphic

    I was surprised to find more than a couple sex scenes some of which were rather violent. This isn't a happy and sunny book. It's got lots of sex, violence and betrayal. But, all that being said, the characters are interesting, the plot is engaging and length is nice. It wasn't too short but it wasn't excesdively wrong either. I would have loved a list of references to know where the author's information came from though.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 26, 2011

    A Page Turner!

    If you are a fan of historical fiction, fraught with intrigue, double cross and who's doing what to whom, then do not miss this book! I read it as a follow up to Mario Puzzo's "The Family" and was not disappointed! Same story of the Borgia family told from a different perspective but definitely could not put this down!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 15, 2009

    WOW!

    This is the first book I've read by Jeanne Kalogridis...WOW! I'll be reading everything she writes. I'm a big historical fiction fan and really liked this one...didn't want to put it down!

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 22, 2012

    Wow.

    This book evoked many emotions from me. I was left with such an eerie feeling after finishing it. It was engaging, I couldn't put it down. The Borgia Bride is much different than the other historical fiction novels i've read and loved. It truly brings out the darkness you would expect fromt he Borgia era.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 11, 2011

    no chocolate for the Borgia's!

    How can you trust anything here when she states they were eating chocolate when the didn't HAVE chocolate in Italy at that time?
    What else here is false?
    I know it it fiction, but it is not supposed to be fantasy!

    1 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 21, 2014

    Jonathan

    That was random

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 21, 2014

    Crystal

    (Meanie Aqua took my nook again) (but it is two people)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 16, 2014

    Cale Fox

    The invisible ghost boy walks in and leans against the wall next to the doorway, silently watching over the infirmary

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 18, 2014

    Connor

    Yawnsm im joining this camp now.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 19, 2014

    Carson

    He gave a small sigh, but padded out to see what Carrie wanted.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 16, 2014

    Zach to chiron

    How is she?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 18, 2014

    Jon to chiron

    L justvso you know there is a dead body on your floor and it chest is covered in dried blood cause of a sword that is still there and the floor around the body is is aldo covere in dried blood

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 19, 2014

    Carrie

    *walks in and looks at jaz.* how is she doing? Carson camp please

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 17, 2014

    Izzy one

    I have holes in each hand that are steadily bleeding. I have deep cut by my ribs and my my ribs are broke. Im have a puncture lung and my throat has a large cut that travels to my chin and then contiunes into my hair. If i dont get help ill blee to death.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 10, 2014

    Hope

    Walks in and watches jaz.

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