Light on Lucrezia: A Novel of the Borgias

Light on Lucrezia: A Novel of the Borgias

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by Jean Plaidy
     
 

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Some said she was an elegant seductress. Others swore she was an incestuous murderess. It didn’t matter what they called her. She was the most dangerous and sought-after woman in all of Rome. She was Lucrezia Borgia.
 
Born into Rome’s notorious Borgia family, young Lucrezia led a life colored by violence and betrayal. Now, married for

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Some said she was an elegant seductress. Others swore she was an incestuous murderess. It didn’t matter what they called her. She was the most dangerous and sought-after woman in all of Rome. She was Lucrezia Borgia.
 
Born into Rome’s notorious Borgia family, young Lucrezia led a life colored by violence and betrayal. Now, married for the second time at just eighteen, she hopes for happiness with her handsome husband, Alfonso. But faced with brutal murder, she’s soon torn between her love for her husband and her devotion to her brother Cesare . . . And in the days when the Borgias ruled Italy, no one was safe from the long arm of their power. Even Lucrezia.
 
In this compelling story of a beautiful woman caught up in a tortuous web of fear and love, Jean Plaidy sheds light on the much maligned Lucrezia and vividly brings her to life.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780307887542
Publisher:
Crown/Archetype
Publication date:
01/18/2011
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
553,049
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

JEAN PLAIDY is the pen name of the prolific English author Eleanor Hibbert, also known as Victoria Holt. More than fourteen million copies of her books have been sold worldwide. Light on Lucrezia is the second book in her two-book series of the Borgias. Look for the first novel, Madonna of the Seven Hills, wherever books are sold.

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Light On Lucrezia 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not worthy of Jean Plaidy. I was bored with the characters. I kept waiting for SOMETHING to happen and it never did. The Tudor wives are MUCH more ineteresting and better written too. Don't waste your time or money.
Guest More than 1 year ago
In this first installment about Lucrezia Borgia's life, Plaidy writes about a woman who was born to Roderigo Borgia and Vannozza Catanei. Roderigo Borgia was descended from Spanish nobility. Therefore, the Borgias thought that they were better than everybody else. Their father treated Lucrezia and her three brothers in a very special manner. Some people remarked that Lucrezia and her family were unnaturally close. This relationship bordered on the incestuous. Lucrezia would often compare her husband to her father and brothers, much to her husband's disadvantage. Lucrezia was especially scared of her brother Cesare, even though she loved him. He was known during his day as being very cruel and violent. This relationship with Cesare would damage Lucrezia the most. He would deny Lucrezia happiness many times because of his jealousy. Cesare would also conspire to murder Lucrezia's husband. Furthermore, Cesare murdered his own brother, Giovanni. This was because he was jealous of Giovanni's royal position and they shared the same mistress (their brother Goffredo's wife). When Lucrezia finally falls in love, the reader has a sense that all might turn out right. However, her brother finds a way of ruining that too. An interesting and entertaining book.
MsDollie 7 months ago
The Borgias – 2 Books in 1 Volume I would recommend buying the books individually for reasons outlined below. Madonna of the Seven Hills ** I dislike giving a negative review. However, this was not one of Jean Plaid’s better novels. I found the short sentences to be similar to … See Jane throw the ball. See Spot catch the ball. See Jack watch Jane throw the ball and Spot catch the ball. Too simplistic a style with much redundant verbiage. Honestly, I keep looking at the page number hoping it would end. Skip this book and go directly to Light on Lucrezia instead. Light on Lucrezia **** An easy read, possibly worth reading again. I was fascinated because the timeline is not the same most authors write about.
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Blu3Lotus128 More than 1 year ago
The Borgias were an interesting family and I felt this book did a good job of telling Lucrezia's story. In my opinion, Lucrezia's character was too naive and I didn't quite understand her brother's obsession with her but I did enjoy reading it and would read more books from this author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Too repetitive of first book. Disappointing.