Poison In The Blood: The Memoirs Of Lucrezia Borgia

Poison In The Blood: The Memoirs Of Lucrezia Borgia

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by M. G. Scarsbrook
     
 

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1497, Renaissance Rome: As the teenage daughter of Pope Alexander VI, Lucrezia Borgia is a young noblewoman immersed in all the glamor of the Vatican Palace.

Yet after a brutal killing shocks the city, Lucrezia learns that a dark truth lies beneath the surface of the Papal Court: in their ruthless quest for power, her father and brother are willing to poison

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1497, Renaissance Rome: As the teenage daughter of Pope Alexander VI, Lucrezia Borgia is a young noblewoman immersed in all the glamor of the Vatican Palace.

Yet after a brutal killing shocks the city, Lucrezia learns that a dark truth lies beneath the surface of the Papal Court: in their ruthless quest for power, her father and brother are willing to poison their enemies.

Her family are murderers.

After discovering that her new husband is next to die, Lucrezia struggles to help him escape from Rome before the assassins strike.

Against a barrage of political intrigues, papal spies, and diabolical tricks, Lucrezia uses all her wits to defy her family and save her husband from assassination.

But as tragedy looms ever closer, and her plans gradually fail, she finds herself confronting an enemy far more sinister than she ever imagined...

INCLUDED INSIDE:
- An exclusive excerpt of M. G. Scarsbrook's novel THE MARLOWE CONSPIRACY, an historical thriller set in Elizabethan England, featuring Christopher Marlowe and William Shakespeare teaming-up to expose a high-level government conspiracy!

Editorial Reviews

Historical Novel Review - Anita Davison
Anyone who enjoys Medieval Italy, love, betrayal and a strong, resourceful heroine on a knife edge, will enjoy this well researched and well written book.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940012214423
Publisher:
Red Herring
Publication date:
03/07/2011
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Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
1 MB

Meet the Author

MATTHEW GRAHAM SCARSBROOK is a prize-winning screenwriter and novelist. He is the author of two historical novels, The Marlowe Conspiracy and Poison In The Blood: The Memoirs Of Lucrezia Borgia. He now lives in the UK and is currently at work on a new detective series.

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Poison In The Blood: The Memoirs Of Lucrezia Borgia 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
TWMANGROVE More than 1 year ago
I love the renaissance period, and the idea of a mystery like this, set amid the world of the Borgias, is practically irresistible. I thoroughly enjoyed the novel's cast of colorful characters - particularly Lucrezia's husband, the gentle, silly Alfonso; and also Machiavelli, the brutally honest but witty political adviser to Lucrezia. The character I loved the most was Lucrezia herself - she is a fun narrator, smart and strong, and could potentially be the spunky heroine of a present-day story. The suspense and drama running through the novel was also well-written. The action moves quickly and the scene setting is vivid. The author clearly has a good understanding of the time period, with an eye for the spectacle and flamboyance that makes the renaissance so appealing. At last, a good, thrilling novel about the Borgias! Well recommended!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I put off reading this book for a long time because I thought I needed to be in a serious mindset to digest a lot of historical facts often weaved into historical fiction novels. This book was anything but boring! It was a surprisingly fast read that had the right amount of romance, suspense and action. History was my least favorite subject in school, but after reading this book, it actually made me want to read more about the Borgias family. I even bought "The Prince" and started to watch The Borgias (Showtime series) because I just couldn't get enough! The supplemental historical information at the end was the perfect bonus to discern the fact from fiction in the novel. I was definitely surprised at some of the facts I read! Who would have guessed the 1500's could be so interesting?!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
historical innaccuracies, a pretty good read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed this book. I was there with Lucrezia and would recommend it!
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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.
AramisGA More than 1 year ago
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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maedchen More than 1 year ago
Wow, I have never had 500+ pages fly by so quickly. With or without a knowledge of the true history of the Borgia family, this book quickly draws the reader in and captures one's attention. Lucrezia is drawn between loyalty to her family and her own happiness and the reader keenly feels the dilemma she faces. Extremely well written and engaging. Anyone with even a modest interest in the renaissance period should put this on their list as a must read.
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Anthracite More than 1 year ago
Poor plot, no character development. Although based on historical events reads like a poorly thought out fantasy.