Madonna of the Seven Hills: A Novel of the Borgias

Madonna of the Seven Hills: A Novel of the Borgias

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by Jean Plaidy
     
 

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The most beautiful woman in Rome, Lucrezia Borgia, was born into a family—and a destiny—she could not hope to escape . . .

Fifteenth-century Rome: The Borgia family is on the rise. Lucrezia’s father, Pope Alexander VI, places his illegitimate daughter and her only brothers, Cesare, Giovanni, and Goffredo, in the jeweled

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The most beautiful woman in Rome, Lucrezia Borgia, was born into a family—and a destiny—she could not hope to escape . . .

Fifteenth-century Rome: The Borgia family is on the rise. Lucrezia’s father, Pope Alexander VI, places his illegitimate daughter and her only brothers, Cesare, Giovanni, and Goffredo, in the jeweled splendor—and scandal—of his court. From the Pope’s affairs with adolescent girls to Cesare’s dangerous jealousy of anyone who inspires Lucrezia’s affections to the ominous birth of a child conceived in secret, no Borgia can elude infamy.

Young Lucrezia gradually accepts her fate as she comes to terms with the delicate nature of her relationships with her father and brothers. The unbreakable bond she shares with them both exhilarates and terrifies her as her innocence begins to fade. Soon she will understand that her family’s love pales next to their quest for power and that she herself is the greatest tool in their political arsenal.
 
From the inimitable pen of Jean Plaidy, this family’s epic legend is replete with passion, intrigue, and murder—and it’s only the beginning.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780307887528
Publisher:
Crown/Archetype
Publication date:
01/18/2011
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
354,549
Product dimensions:
5.15(w) x 7.98(h) x 0.69(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. Madonna of the Seven Hills is the first book in her two-book series of the Borgias. Look for the second novel, Light on Lucrezia, wherever books are sold.

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Madonna of the Seven Hills 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 30 reviews.
miss_dobie More than 1 year ago
An excellent story of the Borgias where all the characters come to life and there's lots of drama and thrills and excitement. However, I would recommend reading this book only after reading Mario Puzo's "The Family" which is much more comprehensive a story on the Borgias.
MsDollie 6 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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Myssteejay More than 1 year ago
Very dramatic and interesting.
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Leads to a second book
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BCYorkieLover More than 1 year ago
This is the first story I have read about The Borgias. It was interesting and Jean Plaidy wrote a wonderful entertaining look at this family. An excellent read for anyone.
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