THE BORGIAS (Special Nook Edition) THE LIFE OF CESARE BORGIA Bestselling Biography of the Original Crime Family: The Borgias NOOKbook Cesare Borgia [NOOK Book]

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THE BORGIAS (Special Nook Edition) THE LIFE OF CESARE BORGIA | Bestselling Biography of the Original Crime Family: The Borgias NOOKbook Cesare Borgia

The Definitive History and Biography of the Original Crime Family: The Borgias


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"This is no Chronicle of Saints....
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THE BORGIAS (Special Nook Edition) THE LIFE OF CESARE BORGIA | Bestselling Biography of the Original Crime Family: The Borgias NOOKbook Cesare Borgia

The Definitive History and Biography of the Original Crime Family: The Borgias


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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, 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.

But if it be wrong to judge a past epoch collectively by the standards of our own time, how much more is it not wrong to single out individuals for judgement by those same standards, after detaching them for the purpose from the environment in which they had their being? How false must be the conception of them thus obtained! We view the individuals so selected through a microscope of modern focus. They appear monstrous and abnormal, and we straight-way assume them to be monsters and abnormalities, never considering that the fault is in the adjustment of the instrument through which we inspect them, and that until that is corrected others of that same past age, if similarly viewed, must appear similarly distorted."


ABOUT CESARE BORGIA

Cesare Borgia (13 September 1475 or April 1476 – 12 March 1507), Duke of Valentinois, was an Italian condottiero, nobleman, politician, and cardinal. He was the son of Pope Alexander VI of Spain and his long-term mistress Vannozza dei Cattanei. He was the brother of Lucrezia Borgia; Giovanni Borgia (Juan), Duke of Gandia; and Gioffre Borgia (Jofré in Valencian), Prince of Squillace. He was half-brother to Don Pedro Luis de Borja (1460–1481) and Girolama de Borja, children of unknown mothers.
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  • Posted February 26, 2012

    Excellent, a must read.

    This book is very well organized. The research material is used as is and not overly interpeted to project the opinion of the author or editor. The descriptions of the locals, dress, travel and personalities gives the feeling of being there as a witness. Because of this book I will reread 'The Borgias' by A. Dumas which needed a primer. The Special Nook Edition accomplishes this.

    Highly recommend reading before A. Dumas, 'The Borgias'

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    Posted February 16, 2013

    Borgia

    This book was an unsatisfying read. There was very little about Lucrezia Borgia herself and a lot about the Borgia's generally. There also is no publishing date, so it's difficult to figure out the author's references when he uses today as a comparison. The pictures do not appear either, just the captions for them, which were hard to differentiate from the text.

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  • Posted August 16, 2013

    This book was very boring!!! Couldn't even finish it. Too much

    This book was very boring!!! Couldn't even finish it. Too much like a history lecture that puts you to sleep.

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