The Borgias: The Hidden History

The Borgias: The Hidden History

by G. J. Meyer
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The Borgias: The Hidden History by G. J. Meyer

The startling truth behind one of the most notorious dynasties in history is revealed in a remarkable new account by the acclaimed author of The Tudors and A World Undone. Sweeping aside the gossip, slander, and distortion that have shrouded the Borgias for centuries, G. J. Meyer offers an unprecedented portrait of the infamous Renaissance family and their storied milieu.
 
THE BORGIAS
 
They burst out of obscurity in Spain not only to capture the great prize of the papacy, but to do so twice. Throughout a tumultuous half-century—as popes, statesmen, warriors, lovers, and breathtakingly ambitious political adventurers—they held center stage in the glorious and blood-drenched pageant known to us as the Italian Renaissance, standing at the epicenter of the power games in which Europe’s kings and Italy’s warlords gambled for life-and-death stakes.
 
Five centuries after their fall—a fall even more sudden than their rise to the heights of power—they remain immutable symbols of the depths to which humanity can descend: Rodrigo Borgia, who bought the papal crown and prostituted the Roman Church; Cesare Borgia, who became first a teenage cardinal and then the most treacherous cutthroat of a violent time; Lucrezia Borgia, who was as shockingly immoral as she was beautiful. These have long been stock figures in the dark chronicle of European villainy, their name synonymous with unspeakable evil.
 
But did these Borgias of legend actually exist? Grounding his narrative in exhaustive research and drawing from rarely examined key sources, Meyer brings fascinating new insight to the real people within the age-encrusted myth. Equally illuminating is the light he shines on the brilliant circles in which the Borgias moved and the thrilling era they helped to shape, a time of wars and political convulsions that reverberate to the present day, when Western civilization simultaneously wallowed in appalling brutality and soared to extraordinary heights.
 
Stunning in scope, rich in telling detail, G. J. Meyer’s The Borgias is an indelible work sure to become the new standard on a family and a world that continue to enthrall.

Praise for The Borgias
 
“A vivid and at times startling reappraisal of one of the most notorious dynasties in history . . . If you thought you knew the Borgias, this book will surprise you.”—Tracy Borman, author of Queen of the Conqueror and Elizabeth’s Women
 
“The mention of the Borgia family often conjures up images of a ruthless drive for power via assassination, serpentine plots, and sexual debauchery. . . . [G. J. Meyer] convincingly looks past the mythology to present a more nuanced portrait.”Booklist
 
“Meyer brings his considerable skills to another infamous Renaissance family, the Borgias [and] a fresh look into the machinations of power in Renaissance Italy. . . . [He] makes a convincing case that the Borgias have been given a raw deal.”Historical Novels Review
 
“Fascinating . . . a gripping history of a tempestuous time and an infamous family.”—Shelf Awareness


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780345526939
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/02/2013
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 512
Sales rank: 146,711
File size: 8 MB

About the Author

G. J. Meyer is the author of two popular works of history, The Tudors and A World Undone: The Story of the Great War, as well as Executive Blues and The Memphis Murders. He received an M.A. from the University of Minnesota, where he was a Woodrow Wilson Fellow, and later was awarded Harvard University’s Nieman Fellowship in Journalism. He has taught at colleges in Des Moines, St. Louis, and New York, and now lives in Wiltshire, England.

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I thought this might be a difficult read due to long history and all involved with this era and was wrong. Mr. Meyer did great research and story development. A very interesting read. I highly recommend.
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Gender: Female. Looks: Black hair, brown eyes, pale skin. Personality: Meet me. Hight: 5, 6. Age: 16. Crush/BF: J******n. Godly Parent: Nyx. Weapon: Stygion Iron Daggar. Powers: Shadow travel, can sumon black balls of fire, can summon shadows, she can blend in with shadows. Other: Ask.
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Im eight. Parent poisiden
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September: Is this it result one. Zero: Archangel result one or two.
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Name:Skylar Grace Payton ~ Gender:Female ~ Age:12 years ~ Apperance:[Hair]Red&Ombra [Hight]4`6``[Eye]Neon yellow [Apparel] Top-Grey Tank top that says 'Sarcastic comment loading please wait.' Bottem- she has blue Shorts Shoes-plain Gym shoes. Other- 2 gold rings (Daggers) Sun Necklace (Bow and Arrow.) ~ Peesonality: Sarcastic,Fun-Loving,and Playful girl ,but, She deep and protective. ~ Likes:Trees,Swiming,VolleyBall. ~ Dislikes:Perverts and other stuff ~ Crush:None of your chiz ~ BoyFriend:Nope ~ Mortal Parent: Annie Payton ~ Immortal Parent: Apollo ~ BirthDate:July 29th ~ Wepons:2 Hook knife Daggers. 1 Bow and 40 arrows. 1 Pocket knife ~&star &star &star~
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Name:Holly Willow Seibt (See-bt) (Willow is her middle name, but she doesn't like her first name, Holly. <br> Age:12 <br> Gender:&female <br> Godly Parent:Apollo <br> Mortal Parent:Katy Seibt <br> Description:Willow has curly shoulder length brown hair, a few freckles, and pale gray-green eyes. She's about 5'1" and wears a light aqua t-shirt, kitteh leggings, pink running shoes, and her hair in a ponytail. <br> Personality:sweet and kind, a jokester, except on the battle field. Then, she is very serious and is not afraid of larger opponents. <br> Weapon(s) of Choice:bow and arrows and dagger <br> Life Goal:to not have to worry about monsters and just relax and raise a family when she gets older. <br> Likes:reading, writing, drawing, singing, unicorns, koalas, horse back riding, and taekwondo. <br> Dislikes:mean people, monsters, people who say unicorns are for babies, and airplanes. <br> Crush/Boyfriend:maybe.../no. <br> History:very long, very sad, and envolves people dying. It ain't pretty. And Willow doesnt like to talk about it. Maybe another time. <br> Anything else just ask me!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Full name- If you must know, it is Marycol Twilah Heart. <br> Nick-Names- Ugh! Mair, Mary, Soul, Valley Girl, Aw-Sh<_>it-It's-Her-Run!, Rogue... <br> Age- Fifteen and a half. Half, I say! <br> Birthdate- Uhm... Valentines Day in my first life; Halloween now. <br> Appearence- Why do you guys care? Oh, fine! Ugh... first off, I'm white. And by 'white,' I mean the color of paper. I be paaaalllleeee! Tee-hee... Uh, I'm kinda on the short side, being five feet even. Yay? <br> Meh hair ish pitch black {naturally} and straight. I have Zooey DeChanel bangs, and navy blue/violet streaks outline my face. Mah hair goes to my mid ribs and Is. Never. Up. My eyes are dark hazel-ish with dark purple fleckles {yes, fleckles} scattered near the pupils. <p> GP- Hades... When you see my face, hope it gives you Hell. <br> Powers- I can control heat, fire and energy, death, life, precious gems and metal... When in battle and I need immortal back-up, I call to my Skele-drones. <br> Weapons- A diamond scythe that was a gift from my father, a Celestial bronse dagger that i keep in my combat boots, and nun-chucks. I have others, but I'm lazy. <br> Persona- Due to a rough chidhood, I'm hard to talk to and get along with. I'm not very talkative unless you are my friend, and seem kind of frightening. <br> Friends- Seth, Max. That is all. <br> Crush/Boyfriend- No/No <br> History- Long, sad, long. Ask me if I trust you. <br> Other- Not really. Bai!
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Name-Wouldn't you like to know? <p> Gender-Of the female species. Be careful. <p> Age-14 1/2 <p> Appearance- Hair: mid-back length. Naturally straight, but gets curly in humidity. Eyes: They change. A lot. They're either silver, light blue, dark blue, aqua, or teal. Build: Short, 5'2". Flexible. Broad shouldered, small waisted, and wide hipped. Other: Dimples. High cheek bones. <p> Godly Parent(s)- Athena. <p> Personality- Funny, most of the time. Emotional. Quite friendly. Bubbly and bright. Random. I don't give up on anything or anyone. First impression of me is usually shy. Lovable. Accepting. Forgiving. I do have a smartas<_>s side. It'd be better in your case if you don't make me mad. <p> Likes- Talking. Making new friends. Hanging with friends. Reading. Shopping. Animals. Cappuccino. Running. Volleyball. Singing. Male friends. Female friends. Church family. <p> Dislikes- Rude people. Racist people. Improper grammar. Uninteresting and boring people. <p> Status- Currently a single pringle. Complicated situation. You'll have to ask me about it before you fall in love with me. <p> Have questions? Ask me at result two.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Age:16 ...... Crush:none for now......... sexuality:bi ( love doednt know its boundaries ........... looks:long blonde hair, blue bright eyes, a bit tan,5"6', and curvy body...... anything else just ask ...... godly parent: Aphrodite..... mortal dad .....
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Name: u should know. Age: 16 (febuary 24) Looks: 5'4 with shoulder length brown hair and bright blue eyes Wepon: knives and my axe(my mom gave me my axe for protection) GP: my mom was an angel and my dad is posiden Dislikes: mean people or jerks. Likes: fish and anyone nice Anything else just ask me. ^_^
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NAME: Henri <br> <p> GODLY PARENT: Nike <br> <p> SIBLINGS: MOMS SIDE: Sara ~ DADS SIDE: unknown <br> <p> AGE: 15, 16 on August 25 (I messed up the whole time on this. I only got the year right, darn it! I had Henri's character all planed out before I came here!) <br> <p> GENDER: &male <br> <p> DESCRIPTION: tallish, slender, very very fast. His skin is very lightly tanned, and his hair is blond. His eyes are amber with flecks of gold. He wears a camp t-shirt with black bastketball shorts, or neon green shirt with the nike swoosh. His shoes are black and gray nike running shoes. <br> <p> WEAPONS: twin chestial bronze light swords, strapped across his back in an 'X' shape. <br> <p> POWERS: speed, endurance. <br> <p> FRIENDS: Sara, Sayaka, Marlin <br> <p> CRUSH//GIRLFRIEND: yes//no <br> <p> FATAL FLAW: he is a person who takes a lot of risks... <br> <p> OTHER: ask him at camp! See ya all later! <br> <p> ~Henr&star
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Age: 14/ height: 5'4"/ weight: 95 pounds/ godly parent: none/ appearance: wears a skin tight black shirt and a skin tight short shorts beneath a whit button down uniform ending in a short skirt with a belt and brown boots. She has shoulder length straight green hair with a single strand that loops in the front of her face. Her eyes are an azure blue with her build being short and petite/ powers: absolutely none/ weapons: twin daggers, a sword and a spear/ personnality: she generally acts tough but deep inside she cares deeply for everyone around her. She is fiercly loyal and jealously guards her friends. She likes food, going for walks and being around those she deems 'friend'. She hates spiders, the dark and girly girls./ history: satyrs are not all common anymore for some reason(when was the last time you saw one RPed?) Wether they have gone to search for pan or fight for the environment. Hestia, wanting to help, created eclair to be a companion and guardian of the god's children. There was a debate because gods like ares took it as an insult, claiming hestia was telling the gods their children couldnt defend themselves. (Which is obviously not the case.) In the end, it was agreed she could be used in trial. She is however, not to be given any powers or to become as powerful as a demigod. She must also resort to mortal means of healing. She has a good relationship with hestia. Though they arent related, she looks up to hestia as a mother, although like sny teenager will sometimes rebel./ anything else ask.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Nop. I am a pyromaniac dragon. I do as I please, so don't tell me this RP is for demigods. I come on mostly at night. <p> SINGLE! WOOHOO! Unless you mind getting killed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hullo, this is Sable, nobody cares, I'm some plain-looking eleven year old in this rp, and I still haven't been claimed, yet somehow I got in, so there's something. Hurrah.
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Im 13 im a wolf evedentally and anything els ask
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Name: &#9818 or King----------------------------------<p> Age: 16----------------------------------------------------<p> GP (God Parent): Themis (Goddess of Order)--------<p> Likes: Respectful people. People who follow the<br> rules (sorry blame my mother!). Icecream, and people<br> I don't dislike!---------------------------------------------<p> Dislikes: No<_>obs, glory hogs, godmodders,<br> (PLEASE TELL ME IF I GODMODD!!!), people who<br> make fun of my name, anything l don't like!----------<p> Weapons: I can't use any weapons, because l haven't<br> trained yet! So no weapons yet!------------------------<p> Powers: I haven't discovered it yet!--------------------<p> Looks: I have black hair, black eyes, and I'm 5"7. I<br> have a wimpy four pack that only shows if l flex<br> really hard, l am tan (Hawaii does that to you), and<br> always where darker colored clothes.-----------------<p> Personality: Usually friendly, but can get short<br> tempered really fast.--------------------------------------<p> Friends: none (maybe Sara?)----------------------------<p> Past: I only tell my close friends------------------------<p> Other: I don't have anything else.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Apperance: Black hair Red eyes usually wears a black MMA shirt ripped jean Gf/Crush..... Weapons:Sword with a dagger Friends:? Parent:Hades Powers:Can control fire, Raise the undead and a few other things. Anything else just ask
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
((Name))Sam Patrick Pank ((GP))Hermes ((Gender))Male ((Crush/Relashionship))Izzy ((Powerz))Nupe ((Other?)) Look in privious bio ((Still missing somtin?)) Ask!
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Name: Quite the Enigma, eh? <p> I'll say it again, Quite the Enigma, eh? <p> GP: He'll probably find out someday....Meh... <p> Age: Between 14-16. Mhmm. <p> Crush/GF: None. Not interested. Don't try ANYTHING....You have been warned.... <p> Powers: If he's not wearing gloves, and you touch his hand, you'll fall asleep on the spot. He can't control it. It's a fact of his biology. <p> Persona: Kind of a loner, but if you walk up to him, he'll talk. Kinda shy, overprotective, recently broke from being a Pascifyst(?) And he gets hyper easily. He drinks roughly ten highly caffinated Teas a day......Oh. He gets embarrased. VERY easily.....You have been warned.... <p> Appearance: 5'6, Black choppy hair (With added white streaks. He thought it looked cool at the time. Not so sure, now.) Bloodshot dark gray eyes, not muscular. At all. He has NO training at all, so, what do you expect? Some sort of Hercules guy? Nope. And far from it... <p> Clothing: Oftentimes, he usually wears this; A black sweatshirt, and under that a Doctor Who T-shirt that says 'Don't blink. Don't even blink. They are fast, faster than you can believe. Don't turn your back. Don't look away, and don't blink. Good luck.' And some jeans and sneakers. And black gloves. Personal grooming doesn't really matter, to him. <p> History: He doesn't really remember the Early days...His brother, Bolin, can tell you more. Basically, he and his brother were adopted from Venice Italy, raised in L.A., and eventually came here, after a chimera attack... <p> Weapon: A halbird. Though he doesn't really know how to use it. <p> Fatal Flaw: He doesn't trust people easily.... <p> Likes: Daytime, horses, music, black, being alone, (Ooc: People with good GRAMARRRR) L.A., Chatty people, Godzilla, people who know Italian. <p> Dislikes: The moon, The Night in general, Tired people, people yawning, people who try to pry into his past, people who have amnesia....He doesn't know why he hates them so much, but he does, and that's good enough. Oh! And people yelling at him in Japanese. (That means you, Sara.) <p> Friends: Ehh....Haven't really....got any... <p> Biological Family: His only known Biological family member is Bolin.... <p> Signature (In case of imposters.): &real<_>eal &infin Saepio &#19998 &starf <p> Other: He knows a fair amount of Italian, He drinks a lot of caffene to avoid sleep, he says 'glice' sometimes.... <p> Anthem: Transcendence by Lindsey Stirling, Moon Trance by Lindsey Stirling.... <p> Read Bolin's bio at 'qe' res one. His bio got locked out...
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<p> Name: Ryan Cooper Dahl </p> <p> Gender: Male </p> <p> age: 14 </p> <p> Godly Parent: Hades </p> <p> Crush: Heartbroken at the moment.. </p> <p> Weapon: A pocket knife that can turn into a sythe, infinity bow, long sword, short sword, dagger, shield. Made of Onyx, the moust powerful and deadly material stairt from Hades Garden and the mines of tartaurus. Storng enough to kill minor minor gods and mortals. Uses the sythe most of the time. </p> <p> Power: Not really a power, but black electricity comes out of his eyes and into a weapon hes using, super charging it and causing it to have more knockback. </p> <p> Head: Black spiky and choppy hair. Green eyes. </p> <p> Clothes: He usually wears a CHB shirt with ripped jeans. </p> <p> Persona: Kind, ferice, tempermental, smart and genrous. </p> <p> History: NA </p>