The Borgia Confessions: A Novel

The Borgia Confessions: A Novel

by Alyssa Palombo


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'Under Palombo’s skillful hand, the entangled world of the Borgias comes vividly to life, exposing the dark facets of class structure and the all-consuming greed that comes with ambition—and love." - Heather Webb, internationally bestselling author of Last Christmas in Paris and Meet Me in Monaco

During the sweltering Roman summer of 1492, Rodrigo Borgia has risen to power as pope. Rodrigo’s eldest son Cesare, forced to follow his father into the church and newly made the Archbishop of Valencia, chafes at his ecclesiastical role and fumes with jealousy and resentment at the way that his foolish brother has been chosen for the military greatness he desired.

Maddalena Moretti comes from the countryside, where she has seen how the whims of powerful men wreak havoc on the lives of ordinary people. But now, employed as a servant in the Vatican Palace, she cannot help but be entranced by Cesare Borgia’s handsome face and manner and finds her faith and conviction crumbling in her want of him.

As war rages and shifting alliances challenge the pope’s authority, Maddalena and Cesare's lives grow inexplicably entwined. Maddalena becomes a keeper of dangerous Borgia secrets, and must decide if she is willing to be a pawn in the power games of the man she loves. And as jealousy and betrayal threaten to tear apart the Borgia family from within, Cesare is forced to reckon with his seemingly limitless ambition.

Alyssa Palombo's captivating new novel, The Borgia Confessions, is a story of passion, politics, and class, set against the rise and fall of one of Italy's most infamous families—the Borgias.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781250191205
Publisher: St. Martin''s Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/11/2020
Pages: 432
Sales rank: 90,813
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

ALYSSA PALOMBO is the author of The Violinist of Venice, The Most Beautiful Woman in Florence, and The Spellbook of Katrina Van Tassel. She is a graduate of Canisius College with degrees in English and creative writing, respectively. A passionate music lover, she is a classically trained musician as well as a big fan of heavy metal. When not writing, she can be found reading, hanging out with her friends (and her dog!), or traveling. She lives in Buffalo, New York, where she is always at work on a new novel.

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The Borgia Confessions: A Novel 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
bookluvr35SL 24 hours ago
This book is told from the alternating viewpoints of Cesare Borgia, eldest son of Rodrigo Borgia, and Maddalena Moretti who is a servant at the Vatican. As Rodrigo Borgia rises to power to become Pope, he forces Cesare to become the Archbishop of Valencia. Cesare is resentful of his younger brother Juan who lives the life he wishes he had. When he meets Maddalena, there was an instant attraction. Maddalena must reconcile her desire to remain a pure devout Catholic with her illicit love for Cesare and unwavering devotion to the Borgia family. This book was fascinating. Maddalena was a fictional character, but it helped give depth to the story and to Cesare's character. This story kept me captivated from beginning to end. I did think the end was a little abrupt. I guess I just wanted a litte more closure for the Maddalena & Cesare. This book is definitely a must-read for all historical fiction fans.
andreajanelreads 11 days ago
The publisher and Netgalley provided me with an ARC of this title in exchange for an honest review. Lucrezia and Cesare Borgia are the children of a man with limitless ambition. He is determined to ascend to the title of Pope, and become the most powerful man in the Western world. His children are tools to fuel his ruthless ambition, and his desire for an enduring legacy. They become pawns in his grand schemes, their own desires and needs sabotaged and drowned by his avarice. Cesare has no desire to become a man of the church. He wants to become a soldier, and is jealous of his indolent brother's fortune. Lucrezia wants to be recognized for her sharp wit - but in a world that values women for their jeweled appearance, her intellect is unwelcome. Maddalena is a young widow who becomes a servant in the Borgia household. She is irrevocably drawn to Cesare, despite the warnings clamoring in her conscience. Soon, their lives become inextricably entwined, and mired in secrets that could topple and empire. I loved this dark exploration of the Borgia family and the forces that painted them as forever infamous.
marongm8 13 days ago
This book was received as an ARC from St. Martin's Press - St. Martin's Griffin in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own. I was intensely focused on this book because it involved a conspiracy I am passionate about knowing a family member that was a victim. Seeing a movie such as Spotlight and reading many stories in the paper and memoirs relating to this, I had to preview this book. The Borgia Confessions tells the story of Cesare the oldest son of Rodrigo Borgia, the pope of Rome. Knowing he has to continue the family tradition and follow in his father's footsteps, Cesare is faced with a risen war to dethrone the authority of the pope and choose between Maddalena the newly appointed servant at the Vatican that has fallen in love with Cesare or to stop this war and bring Rome to peace by reconciling his power and the family value. This book had so much Historical value in conjunction with a lot of Romance and Drama that is sure to make a lot of readers very excited. We will consider adding this title to our Historical Fiction collection at the library. That is why we give this book 5 stars.
Gwendalyn_books_ 13 days ago
Thank you NetGalley and St Martin’s Griffin for this ARC and in return I am submitting my unbiased and voluntary review and opinion. A captivating historical fiction story about the notorious Borgia family, who ruled Christendom in the late 1400s A masterly written story of passion, politics, and class deferences. In the summer of 1492, the infamous, Rodrigo Borgia has risen to power as pope. Rodrigo's eldest son Cesare, is now forced to follow in his fathers footsteps and into the church. Against his wanting, he has been newly taken the position of the Archbishop of Valencia. Jealous chafes at his ecclesiastical role he fumes resentment at the way toward his foolish brother His father chosen his brother for has been the military greatness. Something that Rodrigo Borgia has secretly desired for himself. Maddalena Moretti comes from the countryside, and now she is employed as a servant in the Vatican Palace, she cannot help but be entranced by uCesare Borgia's handsome face and manner and finds her faith and conviction crumbling in her want of him.. The book is intriguing alternating chapters between two main protagonist and their individual perspectives, the author definitely keeps you invested in this powerful portrayal the of The Borgia Family. The Borgia Confessions by Alyssa Palombo is a thrilling, intricate, and entertaining historical fiction novel of greed, and lust for power, when ambition contrasted greatly from hope, loss, and love.
PatriciaFairweatherRomero 13 days ago
This is my favorite type of historical fiction. The players are real and the facts are real. Palombo has taken the players and the facts and woven them together with what could have happened and created a book I couldn't put down. Rome, in 1492, Rodrigo Borgia has been named Pope Alexander. Never mind how he got the job when he had multiple illegitimate children and a mistress living next door. The Borgia family was known for being greedy, ambitious to a fault, and eliminating the competition as this mockery of a pope is intent on one thing. Making sure his children, as well as himself, are all-powerful and wealthy is the goal. There have been many attempts to explain the Borgias. And while Lucretia is in reality not such an awful person, she has been painted with an ugly brush as a lover of both her brother and her father. Although I nor the author saw any evidence of that. There was not one redeeming character in this story. They were all equally easy to hate. Even so, the writing was superb and the story, while not pretty, was fair and informative. I loved it and would have no problem recommending it. NetGalley/February 11th, 2020 by St. Martin's Griffin
Rachel_Denise01 13 days ago
The Borgia Confessions by Alyssa Palombo is a thrilling, intricate, and intriguing historical fiction novel that rotates between Cesare Borgia and one of the maids that worked for the family, and eventually his lover, Maddalena Moretti. While the character of Moretti is fictional, the author used that perspective to give the reader a further look into the thought process and steps leading up to the “creation” of what we know of Cesare Borgia. It gave us wonderful insights into his family, and what we would think would have been going on during that time. The novel spans from 1492-1498. I find the timeframe and how she ended the book, appropriate, fascinating, and perfect. I would love to read a follow up in the next step of Cesare’s life. Fabulous read 5/5 stars.