Biographies & Memoirs

The Borgias and Their Enemies: 1431-1519

The Borgias and Their Enemies: 1431-1519

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.

Chapter 1: The Crumbling City

Chapter 2: Elections and Celebrations

Chapter 3: A Man of Endless Virility

Chapter 4: Servant of the Servant of God

Chapter 5: Marriages and Alliances

Chapter 6: The French in Rome

Chapter 7: The Conquest of Naples

Chapter 8: The Borgia Bull

Chapter 9: Father and Children

Chapter 10: The Dominican Friar

Chapter 11: Murder

Chapter 12: Another Husband for Lucrezia

Chapter 13: The Unwanted Cardinal's Hat

Chapter 14: Cesare's French Bride

Chapter 15: Conquests

Chapter 16: Jubilee

Chapter 17: Duke of the Romagna

Chapter 18: The Naples Campaign

Chapter 19: The Duke and the Borgia Girl

Chapter 20: Frolics and Festivities

Chapter 21: The New Bride

Chapter 22: Castles and Condottieri

Chapter 23: The Death of the Pope

Chapter 24: Conclaves

Chapter 25: Cesare at Bay

Chapter 26: Duchess of Ferrara

Chapter 27: The End of the Affair

Chapter 28: The Death of the Duchess

Chapter 29: Saints and Sinners

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