The Vatican Princess: A Novel of Lucrezia Borgia

The Vatican Princess: A Novel of Lucrezia Borgia C.W. Gortner
  • Title: The Vatican Princess: A Novel of Lucrezia Borgia
  • Author: C.W. Gortner
  • ISBN: 9780345533975
  • Page: 324
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The Vatican Princess: A Novel of Lucrezia Borgia C.W. Gortner The Vatican Princess A Novel of Lucrezia Borgia For fans of Philippa Gregory and Alison Weir a gripping novel that follows the extraordinary life of young Lucrezia Borgia the legendary Renaissance Pope Alexander s beautiful daughter Was she the h
    For fans of Philippa Gregory and Alison Weir, a gripping novel that follows the extraordinary life of young Lucrezia Borgia, the legendary Renaissance Pope Alexander s beautiful daughter Was she the heartless seductress of legend Or merely an unsuspecting pawn in a familial web, forced to choose between loyalty and her own survival Glamorous and predatory, the Borgias beFor fans of Philippa Gregory and Alison Weir, a gripping novel that follows the extraordinary life of young Lucrezia Borgia, the legendary Renaissance Pope Alexander s beautiful daughter Was she the heartless seductress of legend Or merely an unsuspecting pawn in a familial web, forced to choose between loyalty and her own survival Glamorous and predatory, the Borgias became Italy s most ruthless and powerful family, electrifying and terrorizing their 15th century Renaissance world.To this day, Lucrezia Borgia is known as one of history s most notorious villainesses, accused of incest and luring men to doom with her arsenal of poison.International bestselling author C.W Gortner s new novel delves beyond the myth to depict Lucrezia in her own voice, from her pampered childhood in the palaces of Rome to her ill fated, scandalous arranged marriages and complex relationship with her adored father and her rival brothers brutal Juan and enigmatic Cesare.This is the dramatic, untold story of a papal princess who came of age in an era of savage intrigue and unparalleled splendor, and whose courage led her to overcome the fate imposed on her by her Borgia blood.
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    1. Bestselling author C.W Gortner holds an MFA in Writing, with an emphasis in Renaissance Studies Raised in Spain and half Spanish by birth, he currently lives in Northern California His books have been translated in over 20 languages to date He welcomes readers and is always available for reader group chats Please visit him at cwgortner for information.


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    1. History has not been kind to the Borgias, much of which is well deserved It is very sad, however, that Lucrezia got sucked into the mix It is difficult remembering that she was only 13 20 yrs old when the events of this novel occured This poor girl endured tragedy in her adolescence than most people experience in a lifetime Gortner, again, does a brilliant job in personalizing his characters and bringing them to life 4.5 stars.

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    2. Infamy is merely an accident of fate but infamy is no accident It is a poison in our blood It is the price of being a Borgia First and last lines of the shiver inducing prologue in Christopher W Gortner s sumptuous THE VATICAN PRINCESS, a dark, troubling, sumptuous character dive into one of Gortner s most unique heroines What struck me about Lucrezia Borgia as opposed to any of his other ladies Juana la Loca, Catherine de Medici, Isabella of Castile is that for the most part, they viewed thems [...]

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    3. The Borgias are one of history s most notorious families Rodrigo Borgia, eventually the corrupt Pope Alexander VI, was the patriarch, father of several illegitimate children including sons Giovanni Juan and Cesare, whose sibling rivalry may have turned murderous His daughter Lucrezia was known for her seductive but toxic beauty The Borgias inspired their contemporary Niccol Machiavelli s book, The Prince, and have provided ample material to creative artists ever since, to everyone from Victor Hu [...]

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    4. Lucrezia Borgia was the daughter of Rodrigo Borgia, later known as Pope Alexander VI The Borgias are a much talked about historical family, mostly due to the political intrigue and corruption surrounding Rodrigo s Papal court Yet this novel shows the family through Lucrezia s eyes, not Rodrigo s Therefore we are granted the blunt perspective of a young girl growing to womanhood during turbulent times I appreciated the honesty that Lucrezia s voice brought to the tale.I have read novels about the [...]

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    5. This was an intensely enthralling read that transported me into the psyche of the protagonist The novel is written from the perspective of Lucrezia Borgia in the first person I m usually not a fan of first person narration, but it works surprisingly well in this novel, not to mention that the narrator is a male speaking in a female voice There are a few graphic violent scenes that might not appeal to some readers.The author successfully spins a possible theory and gripping plot about the much ma [...]

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    6. This was a very good book I shall give a full review at a later date Be Blessed.Diamond

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    7. 3.5 Stars I m not a big fan of the Borgias, but I love Gortner s books, so I had faith that he would find a way to make Lucrezia s story fresh and vibrant for me However, it took me a while to get into this one, and I was worried I would not be able to recommend The Vatican Princess I found it to follow the plotline of the first season of Showtime s The Borgias pretty closely, and I felt like I was just going over the same old ground But about halfway through, Lucrezia starts becoming of an act [...]

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    8. Find this and other reviews at flashlightcommentary.I didn t set out to read C.W Gortner s The Vatican Princess because I love the Borgias I appreciate their role in politics, but I ve never been particularly enad with their legendary drama Truth be told, my interest in the novel was inspired by the author who penned it Gortner s books hold a treasured place in my personal library and I couldn t resist adding another of his volumes to my collection.Historically speaking, I m accustomed to seeing [...]

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    9. A captivating novel that weaves a coming of age story, politics, history, and drama of the puzzling Lucrezia Borgia The book covers a snapshot of Lucrezia s life During these 7 years, the author concentrates on the brutal relationships with the men in her life I think all of the Borgia s scandalous rumors are in the novel jealousy, revenge, blackmailing, lies, nepotism, drunkenness, murders, rape, incest, spying and I ve heard this isn t Gortner best but I liked it Hope to read his other books. [...]

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    10. C.W Gortner is one of my favorite historical fiction writers He always picks really unique women in history to write about and he always captures the essence of their story in a unique way.Being a male author writing about women in history isn t an easy deal especially I know when I pick up the first book I read by him, I was skeptical because how can a man understand what a women is going through But I was completely blown away with how well Gortner connected to the historic figures and created [...]

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    11. Delivered, as expected, a tale of the Borgias, focusing on Lucrezia, following her character from an innocent girl of around age 12 to a mature woman Lucrezia here is in line with the current idea of the historical character, rather than the conniving poisoner I grew up with She ll be somewhat familiar to watchers of TV s The Borgias Perhaps the book also seemed quite familiar to me as I read this one, which covers much of the same territory, not too long ago review show But a bit of familiarity [...]

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    12. Lucrezia and her family have always been a favorite subject of mine to read I will never pass up a historical novel about the Borgias So when I discovered that one of my favorite authors C W Gortner wrote a Borgia novel, you can imagine my hysterical excitement Needless to say, I was not at all disappointed I really and truly loved this novel.As you know from the synopsis, the story revolves around Lucrezia Borgia This novel brought to us a poignant look at her life She was not a villain, as por [...]

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    13. Actually 2.5 starsC.W Gortner is one of my favorite authors of all time Ever since he wowed me in The Last Queen, on every release day of his novels, I always go to my local Barnes and Nobles right on opening time and purchase his newest selection, often before they even have time to put the book on the shelves His books have always been a NEED rather than a WANT for me After I bought The Queen s Vow in 2012, I went on his website on the news section, which I check regularly, and saw that he had [...]

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    14. Tolle spannende Geschichte.

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    15. The Vatican Princess A Novel of Lucrezia Borgia by CW Gortner is a roller coaster ride through the often scandalous and always bawdy days of fifteenth century Italian history The Borgia name is infamous for many reasons some real, others embellished Here Lucrezia is the star as we see things through her eyes, starting when she s 12 years old She is a true pawn in the political intrigues of her father brothers and is expected to be happy with their decisions regarding her life Throughout the book [...]

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    16. 1,5 out of 5.I was going to rate this book one star only because half a star isn t a legit rating, but then something happened its portrayal of Lucrezia and Alfonso d Aragona, while not too cleverly built nor particularly original, redeemed it It felt real and actually moved me to tears at one point guess which one , despite the fact that I d read and watched about 50 versions of it So no, I can no longer say I did not like it and I can safely declare I read worse But the book still presents sev [...]

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    17. My favorite kind of historical novel plenty of OTT WTFery masquerading as Serious Fiction DThis feels like a cross between RAIN MAIDEN the Showtime Borgias The story is narrated entirely by Lucrezia, so there s a good bit of characters discussing the backdrop when she isn t present to witness a trope that annoys me unless, like RAIN MAIDEN, there s plenty of intense personal story to enjoy front center And there is The author touches on those pesky incestuous rumors in a fairly believable way wh [...]

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    18. 4.5 stars The Vatican Princess is the story of Lucrezia Borgia, a member of one of the most infamous families in history The book captures the politics and salaciousness of the rule of the Borgias with great detail that pulled me in quickly While this book covers a lot of the things that many history lovers know or have heard about the Borgias, Gortner breathes life into the story telling it from Lucrezia s perspective She is quite young when the book opens so we get to see a lot of her life thr [...]

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    19. I am incredibly picky about fictional stories revolving the Borgia family The Borgia family is one of my favorite history subjects history nerd alert , and after being disappointed time and time again from Borgia fiction books, I had all but given up on the search But I saw this new book being released, surrounding around the life of the elusive Lucrezia Borgia, and I decided to take a chance.Ladies and gentlemen, this book has substance I ve found that historical fiction Borgia books almost alw [...]

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    20. 4.5 5 rounded up here.C W Gortner is a favorite of mine He creates stories that breathe life into history, writing with emotion and feeling making the reader me connect with his characters Some of his previous novels evolve around famous and unique women, Catherine Medici, Queen Isabella and her daughter Juana It wasn t hard to get lost in these stories and some stayed with me long after I turned the final page I will admit after The Last Queen to developing a distinct dislike for King Ferdinand [...]

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    21. 5 5 stars Gortner adds his twist to the traditionally understood Borgia story I ve always felt that Lucrezia Borgia was a victim and a sacrificial lamb to her families cruel ambitions It s nice to see an author writing about her in a sympathetic light Gortner makes you feel as if you were Lucrezia going through all her heartaches and life experiences I felt like she was very relatable and Gortner made sure not to paint her with the same brush as the rest of her vile family I loved that in this [...]

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    22. Wow We hear from Lucrezia herself I love novels of strong, independent women Lucrezia fits that category One of the infamous Borgia s Illegitimate daughter of Rodrigo Borgia She was used by her family as a pawn Various marriages to enhance the Borgia s power She begins as an innocent young woman, unaware of her father s machinations She believes him to be just papa who loves her and would never hurt her Well, she quickly learns things are not as they seem She is married off Her husband murdered [...]

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    23. C.W Gortner does it again After reading his novel of Coco Chanel, I really didn t think he could write a better one but this one is great The daughter of the pope, Lucrezia is subject, not only to him but her two brothers who both seem to have low esteem which unfortunately they take out on their sister Known in history as another Jezebel, this novel shows Lucrezia had little say over her life.Although she struggles for control over her life, her efforts are largely unsuccessful which doesn t me [...]

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    24. Es war keine berraschung f r mich, dass mir das Buch gut gefallen hat Dass es mein Interesse an den Borgias und auch den Medici wecken w rde, hatte ich dann aber doch nicht erwartet Ich werde aufjedenfall noch weitere B cher zu diesen Familien lesen

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    25. I won this book through the giveaways This book gave a voice to Lucrezia Borgia a young girl used as a pawn for her powerful family I do not know a lot about the Borgia family except what I read about in history books so this was one of the first in depth book about them I actually read though fiction may not be accurateLucrezia is a powerful and strong character even though she is living in a man s world I loved the story though it was a lot to take it especially with all the old politics It is [...]

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    26. I was beyond thrilled to be given the chance to read this latest book by Mr Gortner He is one of my favorite authors of historical fiction In The Vatican Princess he takes on the legendary Lucrezia Borgia Was she the evil poisoner that history tells us she was or was she just a political pawn of her family For what were women good for but making alliances And babies.The book picks up when Lucrezia is 13 and her father has just been elevated to the papacy as Alexander VI Rome is a hotbed of famil [...]

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    27. There are many books written about Lucrezia Borgia some play her as a beautiful brainless harlot, others as a heartless poisoner who sleeps with her brother, and there are a few, which portray her as a woman in a difficult time and place, who does her best to be loyal to those she loves, and to her personal values The Vatican Princess is one of the latter The book introduces us to a young Lucrezia, around 12 years old Her father is about to become Pope, her elder brother and father s favorite Ju [...]

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    28. I cannot resist a book about the Borgia s My collection includes everything from Sarah Bradford s Lucrezia Borgia and Cesare Borgia His Life and Times, to over rated classics like The Family and underrated jems like Sins of the House of Borgia and The Borgia Bride I never grow tired of reading something new about this family, and I m always excited to see how these infamous personalities will be interpreted by New authors.The Vatican Princess A Novel of Lucrezia Borgia was a solid novalization o [...]

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    29. Very human treatment about the Borgia family, author Gortner detangles the complex history of both the Vatican and Italy to explain the impact of this notorious family Fraught with intrigue, dirty politics, and incest, The Vatican Princess offers an insiders look as to Gortner perceptions of the Borgias and the reign of terror While Lucretia has often been painted with the same lurid brush as the rest of her family, Gornter creates a different person, a victim of her families ambitious machinati [...]

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    30. I received an advance copy of this book through a GoodReads giveaway Overall I liked it a lot it s definitely in the vein of Phillipa Gregory but I felt like it ran out of steam at the end The ending point was unsatisfying there was, I think, story to be told The epilogue deals with a lot of events in a few short pages rather than narrating them That said, I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys historical fiction, as it is engaging and well researched although, like all historical fic [...]

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