Biographies & Memoirs

Cleopatra: Last Queen of Egypt

Cleopatra: Last Queen of Egypt

The first major biography of the Borgias in thirty years, Christopher Hibbert's latest history brings the family and the world they lived in—the glittering Rome of the Italian Renaissance—to life.

The name Borgia is synonymous with the corruption, nepotism, and greed that were rife in Renaissance Italy. The powerful, voracious Rodrigo Borgia, better known to history as Pope Alexander VI, was the central figure of the dynasty. Two of his seven papal offspring also rose to power and fame—Lucrezia Borgia, his daughter, whose husband was famously murdered by her brother, and that brother, Cesare, who served as the model for Niccolò Machiavelli's The Prince. Notorious for seizing power, wealth, land, and titles through bribery, marriage, and murder, the dynasty's dramatic rise from its Spanish roots to its occupation of the highest position in Renaissance society forms a gripping tale.

Erudite, witty, and always insightful, Hibbert removes the layers of myth around the Borgia family and creates a portrait alive with his superb sense of character and place.

Introduction

Chapter 1: Princess of Egypt

Chapter 2: Queen of Egypt

Chapter 3: Alexandria-next-to-Egypt

Chapter 4: Cleopatra and Julius Caesar

Chapter 5: The New Isis

Chapter 6: Cleopatra and Mark Antony

Chapter 7: Death of a Dream

Chapter 8: Cleopatra’s Children

Chapter 9: History Becomes Legend

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Chronology of Ancient Egypt

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