The Borgias
Jean Plaidy
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For the first time in one volume, Jean Plaidy s duet of Borgia novels brings to life the infamous, reckless, and passionate family in an unforgettable historical saga.Madonna of the Seven Hills Fifteenth century Rome the Borgia family is on the rise Lucrezia s father is named Pope Alexander VI, and he places his daughter and her brothers Cesare, Giovanni, and GoffredoFor the first time in one volume, Jean Plaidy s duet of Borgia novels brings to life the infamous, reckless, and passionate family in an unforgettable historical saga.Madonna of the Seven Hills Fifteenth century Rome the Borgia family is on the rise Lucrezia s father is named Pope Alexander VI, and he places his daughter and her brothers Cesare, Giovanni, and Goffredo in the jeweled splendor and scandal of his court From the Pope s affairs with adolescent girls, to Cesare s dangerous jealousy of anyone who inspires Lucrezia s affections, to the ominous birth of a child conceived in secret, no Borgia can elude infamy.Light on Lucrezia Some said she was an elegant seductress Others swore she was an incestuous murderess She was the most dangerous and sought after woman in all of Rome Lucrezia Borgia s young life has been colored by violence and betrayal Now, married for the second time at just eighteen she hopes for happiness with her handsome husband Alfonso But faced with brutal murder, she s soon torn between her love for her husband and her devotion to her brother Cesare And in the days when the Borgias ruled Italy, no one was safe from the long arm of their power Not even Lucrezia.
  • Title: The Borgias
  • Author: Jean Plaidy
  • ISBN: 9780307956866
  • Page: 196
  • Format: Paperback

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Rio (Lynne) Aug 17, 2019 - 17:05 PM
Book 1 "Madonna of The Seven Hills" I'm giving part one 4 stars. It covered Lucrezia's childhood, first marriage to Giovanni Sforza and the birth of her bastard son. I am glad this was released as 2 for 1 book, because Lucrezia's life cannot be told by 1 marriage. Book 2 Light On LucreziaBook 2 gets 3 stars. It covers Lucrezia's 2nd and 3rd marriage.These books are a great basic read to get to know The Borgias. Even though they weren't deep, I enjoyed getting to know the basic facts and recommen [...]
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Elizabeth D Aug 17, 2019 - 17:05 PM
This book was alright but disappointing. It is worth a read if you are a historical fiction lover or fan of the Borgias/time period. However, right about the time that Alexander left the story, the book tanked. It became nothing but endless descriptions of how slender, fair, graceful, innocent and serene Lucrezia was. If I had to read one more mention of Lucrezia's hair washing habits I was going to scream. Plus, the affairs Lucrezia engaged in while in Ferrara were boring and half-heartedly wri [...]
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Sharon Aug 17, 2019 - 17:05 PM
These two volumes (Madonna of the Seven Hills and Light on Lucrezia) are combined in one book. It spans the fifteenth century during the reign of Pope Alexander VI (Borgia.) The second book continues after his death. The stories are told through the eyes of Lucrezia. It is a rather tragic story during a troubled time in history. It is not a happy, entertaining story, yet very well done.
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Jessica Aug 17, 2019 - 17:05 PM
What I enjoyed about this book (really two books in one) is that it took a sympathetic view towards Lucrezia Borgia, as a victim of her family's plotting and murderous schemes. However, Lucrezia's passivity and saintlike forgiveness annoyed me at times, such as her mourning her brother Cesare even after (view spoiler)[he had her beloved second husband killed (hide spoiler)]. Her family was so vengeful and so dysfunctional that I had a hard time understanding why she remained so attached to them. [...]
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Sarah Aug 17, 2019 - 17:05 PM
When it comes to historical fiction, you can do far worse than Jean Plaidy. Her writing makes it easy to sink right into the narrative and swim around in it until your eyes get tired. If you can find a 2-in-1 of Plaidy's, count yourself fortunate, and buy it.The story of Lucrezia Borgia (the historical account, not this novel) is chock-full of drama and unbelievable circumstances. A pope who openly acknowledged at least three children, then treated them like Rome's princes and princess? A woman [...]
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Sam Aug 17, 2019 - 17:05 PM
This was fairly slow-going, but since it was two books in one, I suppose that's my excuse for taking an age to finish. Both books cover the lives of the notorious Borgia family, but are centred around Lucrezia. Perhaps surprisingly, she is painted in a fairly sympathetic light; given the original publication dates of these two novels, that was a divergence from the popular culture depiction of her being just as murderous and evil as her brother Cesare.The first book, Madonna of the Seven Hills, [...]
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Laura Aug 17, 2019 - 17:05 PM
Jean Plaidy writes a fascinating account of the Middle Ages in Italy in these two novels. I was surprised how much I enjoyed this book and looked forward to reading it at bedtime. The story is written in the third person, so the characters remain at a distance, and I felt no emotional attachment to any of them. Yet, I was interested in their stories. This book is rather like a soap opera but is quite intriguing. If you enjoy reading historical fiction, you may find this fun to read. It is not de [...]
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Jean Aug 17, 2019 - 17:05 PM
Jean Plaidy has thrilled me for many many years.I found my first Jean Plaidy books many many years ago , while still in school.Never have I read one which was worth less than five gold stars , both for literary value and the immense effort the author makes to provide an authentic historical framework for the story line.
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Moonie Aug 17, 2019 - 17:05 PM
I am reluctantly giving it 4 stars but would have preferred if there was an option for 3 1/2. Longer than necessary, and at times reads more as a history book rather than historical fiction. Overall I liked it and particularly the depiction of Lucrezia as more of an 'innocent victim' than the usual painting of her as a manipulative and incestuous monster.
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Gordon Gauss Aug 17, 2019 - 17:05 PM
I have abandoned this book. I knew of the history of the Borgias and thought it might be interesting to read more but this is not an enjoyable or challenging book to read. It's pretty "creepy" to be honest.
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Jada Aug 17, 2019 - 17:05 PM
Mostly I remember about this book is endless description of Lucretia long blond hair
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Dhaverma Aug 17, 2019 - 17:05 PM
Having such a hard time reading this that I'm not going to finish it. Too much violence and icky stuff.
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Susan L Laster Aug 17, 2019 - 17:05 PM
SurprisingI found myself fascinated by this book. It is So different than the show that has been on. But I couldn't put it down. It was a surprisingly enjoyable book.
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Heather Reid Aug 17, 2019 - 17:05 PM
I have read better Plaidy novels. I found the first novel here to be satisfactory but the second to be a waste of time.
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Cindy Aug 17, 2019 - 17:05 PM
I loved this book about the Borgia dynasty! I got hooked on the Showtime version, then decided to read something that had some history involved in the story, so I looked for Jean Plaidy. I have read some of her books about the Tudors and loved her writing. This book is actually 2 novels in one volume. It seems to be a very sad life for Lucrezia Borgia because she never comes to have any complete happiness in any long amount of time. Her father, Pope Alexander, was a strong rock in her life, as w [...]
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Elli Aug 17, 2019 - 17:05 PM
Even though I have not finished this set yet, I am to quote Jean Plaidy's attitude which I think is so important if you are going tyo be a student of the Renaissance in any form or shape. "I hope that my readers will near in mind the proverb Altri tempi, altri costume, and adjust their mental visions to the fifteenth century when Popes took their vows of celibacy merely as a form, and when murder was so commonplace that an old Tiber boatman on seeing the body of the Pope's own son thrown into th [...]
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Victoria Aug 17, 2019 - 17:05 PM
I did enjoy this book but it began to drag slightly towards the end. I think maybe reading both volumes in one sitting is too much. I enjoyed the story of Lucrezia Borgia. Jean Plaidy developed the characters really well. Cesare was such a dangerous and quite wicked person. The love Lucrezia bore him was incomparable to any other. Her father, pope Alexander vi was very much a godlike being. Lucrezia would have forgiven her brother and her father absolutely any crime. Her character was a very lov [...]
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Melissa Aug 17, 2019 - 17:05 PM
I admittedly don't know much about the Borgias other than what is common knowledge so this book was really interesting to me. It was mostly about Lucrezia, but told from several points of view so you get more of a picture of what's going on than just from her perspective. I loved that even from when they were children you got the sense that Cesare was going to be just a terrible terrible person. What I found most fascinating was how Plaidy chose to paint Lucrezia in such an innocent light. She w [...]
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Kimber Hellmers Aug 17, 2019 - 17:05 PM
This book took F O R E V E R to read and was totally worth it! No matter how sympathetic the slant, this was an amazing and thought provoking take on the Borgia reign and Lucrezia herself. I’ve been fascinated by the Borgias since I read The Prince years ago, and not it all makes sense. Jean Plaidy give the reader the opportunity to love and hate this family at the same time. There is so much to their history and their individual stories, and this was a fantastic opportunity to follow them all [...]
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Savina Aug 17, 2019 - 17:05 PM
I first became interested in the Borgia family after coming across the Showtime series 'The Borgias' on Netflix, staring Jeremy Irons as Roderigo Borgia, that aired in 2011 and lasted 29 episodes. This series, as I came to learn, was not historically accurate. Netflix did an original series called 'Borgia' and I watched that after which was a bit more accurate. After watching these two series, I wanted to learn the history behind this family and this was one of the books that came up in my searc [...]
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Vicki Seamons Aug 17, 2019 - 17:05 PM
These books were first written in 1958, so you have to get use to the style that it was written in. I have read several of Jean Plaidy's novels and find them chocked full of history and to be very entertaining at the same time.In "Madonna of the Seven Hills" the Borgia family is on the rise in the 15th century. Lucrezia's father is named Pope Alexander VI (that sets the tone!) and he places his daughter and her brother's in his court. The Pope has scandelous affairs with young girls, her brother [...]
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Paul Burnette Aug 17, 2019 - 17:05 PM
Multiple narrators, as Plaidy aims, help us to understand and thus regard this ruthless and beautiful family as human beings, not the monsters depicted by their contemporary and many subsequent biographers. And though Plaidy opens wide the windows into Roderigo (Pope Alexander I), his sons Giovanni and Cesare, and all their allies and enemies, the story centers on his daughter Lucrezia as she becomes a woman and as she comes to understand her family and herself. She suffers greatly, loves greatl [...]
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Billye Aug 17, 2019 - 17:05 PM
The story of Lucrezia Borgia, who was the illegitimate daughter of Pope alexander 6th in 1450. Her illegitimate brother, Caesar was very powerful in rome of 1450's and Pope Alexander was very promiscuous and powerful and gave positions in the church and army to many Borgias. They were very corrupt. Lucrezia and Caesar and Pope alexander were very close and she was controlled by the two men. They poisoned many enemies including Lucrezia's husbands. It was a very interesing historical novel. The f [...]
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Ashlee Aug 17, 2019 - 17:05 PM
First book I've read about the Borgia Family. I thoroughly enjoyed both of these books. It was a very good account of Lucrezia Borgia growing up and growing old (even though she died at 39).I really love Jean Plaidy's books and her writing. I have yet to read one of her books that didn't pull me in at the beginning and keep me interested throughout the book. She is wonderful at combining history and fiction, while making things feel and read contemporary.These 2 books both follow the life of Luc [...]
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Angela Aug 17, 2019 - 17:05 PM
This writing style, in a word, is weird.I feel like someone wants to tell me the story from a certain character's perspective, primarily Lucrezia, but that it jumped to other characters, so not exactly. Is this some attempt at second-and-a-half person pov?The Borgias are an interesting lot. Their story, even in a fictional bend, is very worth telling.But the exposition juxtaposed with the conversations.ry oddly done. Toward the end of the second volume, I couldn't tell why some characters were b [...]
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Michaela Aug 17, 2019 - 17:05 PM
Though parts of this double novel seemed too lengthy, I enjoyed it. It hasn't been a favorite read, but it was not a waste of time. I think I may have liked it better had I read this as two separate books with some time between spent reading another. I found parts of it to be too formal and almost restrained, and I just wanted it to be more exciting; I realize, knowing the subject matter, that this may sound incongruous, but I found it somewhat lacking. That said, it was a well-written story.
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Tammy Aug 17, 2019 - 17:05 PM
I really liked this book, and I really liked Lucrezia. My problem is with the historical aspect. She was so sweet and kind in this book, and yet, why such awful "rumors" about her? I realize this is a fictional account but she was nothing like what people think of her as being. I did get frustrated her when she would always forgive her evil brother. I just didn't understand that. He killed so many people she loved and yet she never held him accountable. I plan to read more books by this author.
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Denise Aug 17, 2019 - 17:05 PM
Good book. Pretty much went over what I've read about Lucrezia and the Borgia family before. Was she evil or just the product of a controlling family? Did she truly love any of her three husbands? Did her older brother Cesare love her so much that he was entertaining thoughts of making Lucrezia his own or has history maligned her and the whole family with the evil "spin" of the day?I'd suggest you read this book and move on to other books offering more researched information to gain a better pic [...]
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Marty Aug 17, 2019 - 17:05 PM
: Two novels in one volume (Madonna of the Hills and Light on Lucrezia) by Jean Plaidy (author’s real name: Eleanor Hibbert AKA Victoria Holt) I always thought Lucrezia Borgia was a master poisoner and all-round evil person. This book (or two books) makes her into a total pawn in the manipulations of her father (Pope Alexander VI) and her two brothers they are Evil!! Good but very long (almost 700 pages!!) Lots of people killed, tortured, and otherwise violently handled.
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Gina Minard-Rivera Aug 17, 2019 - 17:05 PM
Well paced but rushed endingThis volume of two books was interesting and blended nice descriptions of the times well offering s well placed story. It seemed balanced, not being heavily influenced by the sensationalism that TV series and other venues have succumbed. However, towards the end it did seemed rushed to tie everything together, the piece that caused me to rate this with four stars.
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The Borgias By Jean Plaidy For the first time in one volume, Jean Plaidy s duet of Borgia novels brings to life the infamous, reckless, and passionate family in an unforgettable historical saga.Madonna of the Seven Hills Fifteenth century Rome the Borgia family is on the rise Lucrezia s father is named Pope Alexander VI, and he places his daughter and her brothers Cesare, Giovanni, and GoffredoFor the first time in one volume, Jean Plaidy s duet of Borgia novels brings to life the infamous, reckless, and passionate family in an unforgettable historical saga.Madonna of the Seven Hills Fifteenth century Rome the Borgia family is on the rise Lucrezia s father is named Pope Alexander VI, and he places his daughter and her brothers Cesare, Giovanni, and Goffredo in the jeweled splendor and scandal of his court From the Pope s affairs with adolescent girls, to Cesare s dangerous jealousy of anyone who inspires Lucrezia s affections, to the ominous birth of a child conceived in secret, no Borgia can elude infamy.Light on Lucrezia Some said she was an elegant seductress Others swore she was an incestuous murderess She was the most dangerous and sought after woman in all of Rome Lucrezia Borgia s young life has been colored by violence and betrayal Now, married for the second time at just eighteen she hopes for happiness with her handsome husband Alfonso But faced with brutal murder, she s soon torn between her love for her husband and her devotion to her brother Cesare And in the days when the Borgias ruled Italy, no one was safe from the long arm of their power Not even Lucrezia.

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