It is 1502 and rodrigo borgia, a self-confessed womanizer and master of political corruption, is now on the papal throne as Alexander VI. And then there is his son cesare borgia, brilliant, ruthless, and increasingly unstable; it is his relationship with Machiavelli that gives the Florentine diplomat a master class in the dark arts of power and politics.
One of history’s notorious families comes to life in a captivating novel from the author of The Birth of Venus. Named one of the best books of the year by cosmopolitan uk and the times uk “in the end, what’s a historical novelist’s obligation to the dead? Accuracy? Empathy? Justice? Or is it only to make them live again? Dunant pays these debts with a passion that makes me want to go straight out and read all her other books.
In the Name of the Family: A Novel #ad - Diana gabaldon, passion, beauty, the washington Post Bestselling novelist Sarah Dunant has long been drawn to the high drama of Renaissance Italy: power, brutality, and the ties of blood. What machiavelli learns will go on to inform his great work of modern politics, The Prince. She has a special gift for attending to her female characters.
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Blood and Beauty: A Novel About the BorgiasRandom House #ad - Later immortalized in Machiavelli’s The Prince, he provides the energy and the muscle. If the borgias are to triumph, cesare, his eldest son, women, and power must use papacy and family—in particular, this charismatic, consummate politician with a huge appetite for life, and his daughter Lucrezia—in order to succeed.
. By the end of the fifteenth century, the beauty and creativity of Italy is matched by its brutality and corruption, nowhere more than in Rome and inside the Church. The members of this close-knit family emerge as dynamic characters, flawed but sympathetic, filled with fear and longing. The seattle times “the machiavellian atmosphere—hedonism, lust, political intrigue—is magnetic.
. Twelve years old when the novel opens, and from childish innocence to painful experience, hers is a journey through three marriages, from pawn to political player. Now sarah dunant turns her discerning eye to one of the world’s most intriguing and infamous families—the Borgias—in an engrossing work of literary fiction.
Blood and Beauty: A Novel About the Borgias #ad - . Named one of the best books of the year by kirkus reviewsthe new york times bestselling author of the acclaimed Italian Renaissance novels—The Birth of Venus, In the Company of the Courtesan, and Sacred Hearts—has an exceptional talent for breathing life into history. Readers won’t want the era of Borgia rule to end.
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In the Company of the Courtesan: A NovelRandom House #ad - With a mix of courage and cunning they infiltrate Venetian society. Escaping the sack of rome in 1527, with their stomachs churning on the jewels they have swallowed, head for Venice, the shimmering city born out of water to become a miracle of east-west trade: rich and rancid, the courtesan Fiammetta and her dwarf companion, pious and profitable, Bucino, beautiful and squalid.
But fiammetta and bucino’s greatest challenge comes from a young crippled woman, a blind healer who insinuates herself into their lives and hearts with devastating consequences for them all. A story of desire and deception, sin and religion, loyalty and friendship, In the Company of the Courtesan paints a portrait of one of the world’s greatest cities at its most potent moment in history: It is a picture that remains vivid long after the final page.
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Together they make the perfect partnership: the sharp-tongued, sharp-witted dwarf, trained from birth to charm, entertain, and his vibrant mistress, and satisfy men who have the money to support her. Yet as their fortunes rise, this perfect partnership comes under threat, from the searing passion of a lover who wants more than his allotted nights to the attentions of an admiring Turk in search of human novelties for his sultan’s court.
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From an impoverished childhood wandering the French countryside with her family’s acting troupe, Claudette finally witnesses her mother's astonishing rise to stardom in Parisian theaters. From the author of the beloved Josephine B. This parallel is not lost on athénaïs, who fears political enemies are plotting her ruin as young courtesans angle to take the coveted spot in the king's bed.
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Working with playwrights corneille, molière and Racine, but like all in the theatrical world at the time, Claudette’s life is culturally rich, she's socially scorned. A series of chance encounters gradually pull Claudette into the alluring orbit of Athénaïs de Montespan, mistress to Louis XIV and reigning "Shadow Queen.
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Sacred Hearts: A NovelRandom House #ad - Her first night inside the walls is spent in an incandescent rage so violent that the dispensary mistress, Suora Zuana, is dispatched to the girl’s cell to sedate her. Ripped by her family from the man she loves, sixteen-year-old Serafina is sharp and defiant. Thus begins a complex relationship of trust and betrayal.
. As serafina rails against her incarceration, while beyond its walls, disorder and rebellion mount inside the convent, the dictates of the Counter-Reformation begin to impose a regime of oppression that threatens what little freedom the nuns have enjoyed. Acclaimed author sarah dunant brings the intricate Renaissance world compellingly to life in this rich, multifaceted love story encompassing the passions of the flesh, engrossing, and the deep, the exultation of the spirit, enduring power of friendship.
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. From the nobel prize–winning author of the good Earth: the New York Times–bestselling biography of Tzu Hsi, the concubine who became China’s last empress. In imperial Woman, Pearl S. Already set apart on account of her beauty, she’s determined to be the emperor’s favorite, and devotes all of her talent and cunning to the task.
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When the emperor dies, she finds herself in a role of supreme power, one she’ll command for nearly fifty years.
The Birth of Venus: A Novel Reader's CircleRandom House #ad - It brings alive the history of florence at its most dramatic period, religion, and power through the passionate voice of Alessandra, telling a compulsively absorbing story of love, art, a heroine with the same vibrancy of spirit as her beloved city. Played out against this turbulent backdrop, Alessandra’s married life is a misery, except for the surprising freedom it allows her to pursue her powerful attraction to the young painter and his art.
The birth of venus is a tour de force, the first historical novel from one of Britain’s most innovative writers of literary suspense. A child of the renaissance, with a precocious mind and a talent for drawing, Alessandra is intoxicated by the painter’s abilities. But their burgeoning relationship is interrupted when Alessandra’s parents arrange her marriage to a wealthy, much older man.
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Alessandra cecchi is not quite fifteen when her father, a prosperous cloth merchant, brings a young painter back from northern Europe to decorate the chapel walls in the family’s Florentine palazzo.
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Born in the greek city of Miletus, Aspasia was destined for a life of tragedy. Her wealthy father vowed to abandon any female child, educated independently of her family, so Aspasia was secreted away, and raised as a courtesan. She becomes his trusted confidante, war, his equal through scandal, and revolt.
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Britanny, 1610 Juliette, a one-time actress and rope dancer, is forced to seek refuge among the sisters of the abbey of Sainte Marie-de-la-mer. Edition features an extra 16 pages of insights into the book, recommended reading, including author interviews, and more. Reinventing herself as soeur Auguste, Juliette makes a new life for herself and her young daughter, Fleur.
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With impeccable research and captivating prose, The Confessions of Young Nero is the story of a boy’s ruthless ascension to the throne. Detailing his journey from innocent youth to infamous ruler, it is an epic tale of the lengths to which man will go in the ultimate quest for power and survival. Built on the backs of those who fell before it, Julius Caesar’s imperial dynasty is only as strong as the next person who seeks to control it.
The most lethal of all is his own mother, a cold-blooded woman whose singular goal is to control the empire. As a boy, nero’s royal heritage becomes a threat to his very life, first when the mad emperor Caligula tries to drown him, then when his great aunt attempts to secure her own son’s inheritance.
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Faced with shocking acts of treachery, young Nero is dealt a harsh lesson: it is better to be cruel than dead.
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The almost-forgotten princess was now Queen of England. Victoria’s grief after prince albert’s untimely death was so shattering that for the rest of her life—nearly forty years—she dressed only in black. A strong, willful child, victoria was determined not to be stifled by her powerful uncles or her unpopular, controlling mother.
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At birth, princess victoria was fourth in line for the throne of England, the often-overlooked daughter of a prince who died shortly after her birth.