The very name Lucrezia Borgia conjures up everything that was sinister and corrupt about the Renaissance: incest, political assassination, papal sexual abuse, poisonous intrigue, unscrupulous power grabs. Yet, as best-selling biographer Sarah Bradford reveals in this breathtaking new portrait, the truth is far more fascinating than the myth. Neither a vicious monster nor a seductive pawn, Lucrezia Borgia was a shrewd, determined woman who used her beauty and intelligence to secure a key role in the political struggles of her day. Drawing from a trove of contemporary documents and fascinating firsthand accounts, Bradford brings to life the art, the pageantry, and the dangerous politics of the Renaissance world Lucrezia Borgia helped to create.More
"A lively view of Lucrezia, capturing the glamour and tragedy of her story." (Wall Street Journal)
"What all biographies should aspire to be: meticulously researched and exquisitely written....a tender and intimate account of a misunderstood and passionate woman." (Elle)
"Bradford's zest for this era is contagious....makes clear the practical intelligence that proved the foundation for Lucrezia's remarkable life." - USA Today
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