Excellent! What an impressive read. Well researched and well written. Caveat us the author does take a different position about the subject matter than authors that have come before so be prepared for some startling revelations with strong supporting arguments as to why the Borgia are not what we have thought them to be before.
I really enjoyed learning the truth about the Borgia family. I have watched the tv movie on Netflex and it portrayed them as rumors have lived on about them. So much of what this author says makes much more sense. He also provided background on the times that they were living in.
This book has a completely different take on the Borgia family. Instead of agreeing with the accepted facts of this well known family, the author has dug a little deeper and come up with some believable theories. While even he admits that there will never be any way to prove his version or the universally believed version with definitiveness, he lays out his arguments in a very illuminating fashion.
While it has never been a surprise that many of the stories about the Borgia family were circulated by their enemies and had no basis in truth, even the ones we have supposed to be true could possibly also be rumours.
The author proposes that Cesare and Lucrezia were not his own children but his nephew and niece only. He makes convincing arguments against Lucrezia’s immoral and evil reputation and also submits that the Pope himself was not the depraved and sexual deviant that he was been portrayed as.
I found this a convincing story of the Borgia family, while still full of power hungry individuals and suspicious actions, it tries to weed out the impossible and stick to the reasonable at the same time as detailing the history and practices of the era to bring many of the supposed terrible actions of the family into a different light.
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