The Life of Cesare Borgia

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This is no Chronicle of Saints. Nor yet is it a History of Devils. It is a record of certain very human, strenuous men in a very human, strenuous age; a lustful, flamboyant age; an age red with blood and pale with passion at white-heat; an age of steel and velvet, of vivid colour, dazzling light and impenetrable shadow; an age of swift movement, pitiless violence and high endeavour, of sharp antitheses and amazing contrasts.
To judge it from the standpoint of this calm, ...
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Overview

This is no Chronicle of Saints. Nor yet is it a History of Devils. It is a record of certain very human, strenuous men in a very human, strenuous age; a lustful, flamboyant age; an age red with blood and pale with passion at white-heat; an age of steel and velvet, of vivid colour, dazzling light and impenetrable shadow; an age of swift movement, pitiless violence and high endeavour, of sharp antitheses and amazing contrasts.
To judge it from the standpoint of this calm, deliberate, and correct century--as we conceive our own to be--is for sedate middle-age to judge from its own standpoint the reckless, hot, passionate, lustful humours of youth, of youth that errs grievously and achieves greatly.
So to judge that epoch collectively is manifestly wrong, a hopeless procedure if it be our aim to understand it and to be in sympathy with it, as it becomes broad-minded age to be tolerantly in sympathy with the youth whose follies it perceives. Life is an ephemeral business, and we waste too much of it in judging where it would beseem us better to accept, that we ourselves may come to be accepted by such future ages as may pursue the study of us.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781480286429
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
  • Publication date: 11/10/2012
  • Pages: 230
  • Sales rank: 1,197,681
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.48 (d)

Meet the Author

Rafael Sabatini (29 April 1875 - 13 February 1950) was an Italian/English writer of novels of romance and adventure. Rafael Sabatini was born in Iesi, Italy, to an English mother (Anna Trafford) and Italian father. His parents were opera singers who became teachers.
His only son, Rafael-Angelo (nicknamed Binkie), was killed in a car crash on 1 April 1927. In 1931, he and his wife Ruth divorced. Later that year he moved from London to Hay-on-Wye. In 1935 he married the sculptor Christine Goad, his former sister-in-law. They suffered further tragedy when Christine's son, Lancelot, was killed in a flying accident. On the day he received his RAF wings, he flew his aeroplane over their house, but the plane went out of control and crashed in flames before their eyes.

By the 1940s, illness forced the writer to slow his prolific method of composition. However, he did write several additional works even during that time. He died on 13 February 1950 in Switzerland. He is buried at Adelboden, Switzerland. On his headstone his wife had written, "He was born with a gift of laughter and a sense that the world was mad", the first line of Scaramouche.

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  • Posted October 2, 2013

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    Pro's Factual, well-laid-out, enthusiastic & at times amusin

    Pro's
    Factual, well-laid-out, enthusiastic & at times amusingly sarcastic. Sabatini challenges the many flaws in seemingly reliable Borgia sources. The author is dedicated to defending the real Borgia story, featuring fantastic examples of Cesare's true grandeur. As a history buff, the TRUTH and those who seek it & seek to spread it is what I appreciate. It's a fairly good simplistic addition to any Borgia collection.

    Con's
    A bit dry at times, and the insults upon false-sources get repetitive. The focus is more on reasons for discrediting old sources rather than explaining Cesare's life. The book is great up until the last few chapters, I expected so much more there. The story is fairly well-detailed until that point. The end is abrupt with an overly-dramatized image of Cesare's unknowable last moments, and just teeters off, leaving the reader wanting more. There's no wrap-up, no final reiteration on the book's entire thesis.

    If you'd like much more detail on Cesare's story, I highly, intensely recommend John Leslie Garner, "Caesar Borgia, a study of the Renaissance."

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 25, 2012

    Hard to read

    I am having difficulty getting interested enough to read this book. The author is very concerned with proving Cesare Borgia's innocence of the crime of fratricide. I haven't finished it yet and don't know if I will.

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    Posted February 29, 2012

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