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 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 7: The Conquest of Naples
Chapter 9: Father and Children
Chapter 10: The Dominican Friar
Chapter 12: Another Husband for Lucrezia
Chapter 13: The Unwanted Cardinal's Hat
Chapter 14: Cesare's French Bride
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 22: Castles and Condottieri
Chapter 23: The Death of the Pope
Chapter 26: Duchess of Ferrara
Chapter 27: The End of the Affair
Chapter 28: The Death of the Duchess
Chapter 29: Saints and Sinners