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Blood & Beauty - The Borgias

Sarah Dunant

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NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY KIRKUS REVIEWS The 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. 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. 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. When Cardinal Rodrigo Borgia buys his way into the papacy as Alexander VI, he is defined not just by his wealth or his passionate love for his illegitimate children, but by his blood: He is a Spanish Pope in a city run by Italians. If the Borgias are to triumph, this charismatic, consummate politician with a huge appetite for life, women, and power must use papacy and family-in particular, his eldest son, Cesare, and his daughter Lucrezia-in order to succeed. Cesare, with a dazzlingly cold intelligence and an even colder soul, is his greatest-though increasingly unstable-weapon. Later immortalized in Machiavelli's The Prince, he provides the energy and the muscle. Lucrezia, beloved by both men, is the prime dynastic tool. Twelve years old when the novel opens, hers is a journey through three marriages, and from childish innocence to painful experience, from pawn to political player. Stripping away the myths around the Borgias, Blood & Beauty is a majestic novel that breathes life into this astonishing family and celebrates the raw power of history itself: compelling, complex and relentless. Praise for Blood & Beauty "The Machiavellian atmosphere-hedonism, lust, political intrigue-is magnetic. . . . Readers won't want the era of Borgia rule to end." -People (four stars) "Dunant transforms the blackhearted Borgias and the conniving courtiers and cardinals of Renaissance Europe into fully rounded characters, brimming

Language:

English

Narrators:

Edoardo Ballerini

Length:

17h 37m


Chapters

Free Sample

05:00

Introduction
Introduction

01:58


Part 1, Chapter 1
Part 1, Chapter 1

25:35


Part 1, Chapter 2
Part 1, Chapter 2

27:06


Part 1, Chapter 3
Part 1, Chapter 3

21:30


Part 2, Chapter 4
Part 2, Chapter 4

24:56


Part 2, Chapter 5
Part 2, Chapter 5

34:17


Part 2, Chapter 6
Part 2, Chapter 6

11:07


Part 2, Chapter 7
Part 2, Chapter 7

27:46


Part 2, Chapter 8
Part 2, Chapter 8

14:43


Part 2, Chapter 9
Part 2, Chapter 9

16:18


Part 2, Chapter 10
Part 2, Chapter 10

11:12


Part 2, Chapter 11
Part 2, Chapter 11

22:08


Part 2, Chapter 12
Part 2, Chapter 12

27:47


Part 3, Chapter 13
Part 3, Chapter 13

19:01


Part 3, Chapter 14
Part 3, Chapter 14

25:16


Part 3, Chapter 15
Part 3, Chapter 15

27:14


Part 3, Chapter 16
Part 3, Chapter 16

17:39


Part 3, Chapter 17
Part 3, Chapter 17

18:21


Part 3, Chapter 18
Part 3, Chapter 18

14:39


Part 3, Chapter 19
Part 3, Chapter 19

10:13


Part 3, Chapter 20
Part 3, Chapter 20

07:52


Part 4, Chapter 21
Part 4, Chapter 21

19:33


Part 4, Chapter 22
Part 4, Chapter 22

15:32


Part 4, Chapter 23
Part 4, Chapter 23

17:25


Part 4, Chapter 24
Part 4, Chapter 24

29:18


Part 4, Chapter 25
Part 4, Chapter 25

23:46


Part 4, Chapter 26
Part 4, Chapter 26

19:19


Part 5, Chapter 27
Part 5, Chapter 27

14:38


Part 5, Chapter 28
Part 5, Chapter 28

16:45


Part 5, Chapter 29
Part 5, Chapter 29

17:05


Part 5, Chapter 30
Part 5, Chapter 30

13:52


Part 5, Chapter 31
Part 5, Chapter 31

10:06


Part 6, Chapter 32
Part 6, Chapter 32

13:53


Part 6, Chapter 33
Part 6, Chapter 33

08:45


Part 6, Chapter 34
Part 6, Chapter 34

21:15


Part 6, Chapter 35
Part 6, Chapter 35

22:17


Part 7, Chapter 36
Part 7, Chapter 36

18:54


Part 7, Chapter 37
Part 7, Chapter 37

14:10


Part 7, Chapter 38
Part 7, Chapter 38

11:00


Part 7, Chapter 39
Part 7, Chapter 39

15:24


Part 7, Chapter 40
Part 7, Chapter 40

17:53


Part 7, Chapter 41
Part 7, Chapter 41

18:46


Part 8, Chapter 42
Part 8, Chapter 42

09:16


Part 8, Chapter 43
Part 8, Chapter 43

09:27


Part 8, Chapter 44
Part 8, Chapter 44

23:17


Part 8, Chapter 45
Part 8, Chapter 45

19:12


Part 8, Chapter 46
Part 8, Chapter 46

14:39


Part 8, Chapter 47
Part 8, Chapter 47

13:45


Part 8, Chapter 48
Part 8, Chapter 48

12:18


Part 8, Chapter 49
Part 8, Chapter 49

10:50


Part 9, Chapter 50
Part 9, Chapter 50

14:00


Part 9, Chapter 51
Part 9, Chapter 51

12:53


Part 9, Chapter 52
Part 9, Chapter 52

13:38


Part 9, Chapter 53
Part 9, Chapter 53

18:04


Part 9, Chapter 54
Part 9, Chapter 54

15:55


Part 9, Chapter 55
Part 9, Chapter 55

07:51


Part 9, Chapter 56
Part 9, Chapter 56

25:45


Part 10, Chapter 57
Part 10, Chapter 57

14:27


Part 10, Chapter 58
Part 10, Chapter 58

21:45


Part 10, Chapter 59
Part 10, Chapter 59

30:25


Part 10, Chapter 60
Part 10, Chapter 60

03:00


Part 10, Chapter 61
Part 10, Chapter 61

00:26