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The Borgias - Celebrated Crimes, Book 1

Alexandre Dumas

To paraphrase the note from the translator, The Celebrated Crimes of Alexandre Dumas père was not written for children. The novelist has spared no language—has minced no words—to describe violent scenes of violent times. In this, the first of the series, Dumas tells the luridly sexy, amazingly violent, and strikingly amoral story of the three most famous members of the Borgia family - Pope Alexander VI, Lucrezia, and above all Cesare. Never one to allow a mere fact to stand in the way of a good story, Dumas puts all the most sensational accusations made against the Borgias--mostly by their enemies--to the fullest use, which certainly distorts history, but makes for a great tale. Also, he often takes the novelist's approach, giving us details of scenes for which there is no historical record--we are given, for example, a wonderful description of the look on Cesare Borgia's face as he breaks out of his Spanish prison, something not even Cesare himself could have seen, and he was alone at the time. Again, as the translator notes, "The careful, mature reader, for whom the books are intended, will recognize, and allow for, this fact." We're reading Dumas here, not Tuchman or Toynbee. Dumas gives us a sweeping tale of simony, betrayal, connivance, conquest both military and sexual, and above all death - on the battlefield in war, on the streets in brutal murder, in the dark by strangulation, at the table by poison. It is a tale of events and personalities that shook Europe and created the modern myth of the Renaissance prince, so well described by Machiavelli. Enjoy! Note: The modern reader will see that certain passages in the book are marked by unmistakable anti-Semitism. As it is both useless to deny, and worthwhile to remember, that anti-Semitism was a cultural norm in Dumas' times, those passages have been left as written.

To paraphrase the note from the translator, The Celebrated Crimes of Alexandre Dumas père was not written for children. The novelist has spared no language—has minced no words—to describe violent scenes of violent times. In this, the first of the series, Dumas tells the luridly sexy, amazingly violent, and strikingly amoral story of the three most famous members of the Borgia family - Pope Alexander VI, Lucrezia, and above all Cesare. Never one to allow a mere fact to stand in the way of a good story, Dumas puts all the most sensational accusations made against the Borgias--mostly by their enemies--to the fullest use, which certainly distorts history, but makes for a great tale. Also, he often takes the novelist's approach, giving us details of scenes for which there is no historical record--we are given, for example, a wonderful description of the look on Cesare Borgia's face as he breaks out of his Spanish prison, something not even Cesare himself could have seen, and he was alone at the time. Again, as the translator notes, "The careful, mature reader, for whom the books are intended, will recognize, and allow for, this fact." We're reading Dumas here, not Tuchman or Toynbee. Dumas gives us a sweeping tale of simony, betrayal, connivance, conquest both military and sexual, and above all death - on the battlefield in war, on the streets in brutal murder, in the dark by strangulation, at the table by poison. It is a tale of events and personalities that shook Europe and created the modern myth of the Renaissance prince, so well described by Machiavelli. Enjoy! Note: The modern reader will see that certain passages in the book are marked by unmistakable anti-Semitism. As it is both useless to deny, and worthwhile to remember, that anti-Semitism was a cultural norm in Dumas' times, those passages have been left as written.
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To paraphrase the note from the translator, The Celebrated Crimes of Alexandre Dumas père was not written for children. The novelist has spared no language—has minced no words—to describe violent scenes of violent times. In this, the first of the series, Dumas tells the luridly sexy, amazingly violent, and strikingly amoral story of the three most famous members of the Borgia family - Pope Alexander VI, Lucrezia, and above all Cesare. Never one to allow a mere fact to stand in the way of a good story, Dumas puts all the most sensational accusations made against the Borgias--mostly by their enemies--to the fullest use, which certainly distorts history, but makes for a great tale. Also, he often takes the novelist's approach, giving us details of scenes for which there is no historical record--we are given, for example, a wonderful description of the look on Cesare Borgia's face as he breaks out of his Spanish prison, something not even Cesare himself could have seen, and he was alone at the time. Again, as the translator notes, "The careful, mature reader, for whom the books are intended, will recognize, and allow for, this fact." We're reading Dumas here, not Tuchman or Toynbee. Dumas gives us a sweeping tale of simony, betrayal, connivance, conquest both military and sexual, and above all death - on the battlefield in war, on the streets in brutal murder, in the dark by strangulation, at the table by poison. It is a tale of events and personalities that shook Europe and created the modern myth of the Renaissance prince, so well described by Machiavelli. Enjoy! Note: The modern reader will see that certain passages in the book are marked by unmistakable anti-Semitism. As it is both useless to deny, and worthwhile to remember, that anti-Semitism was a cultural norm in Dumas' times, those passages have been left as written.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Robert Bethune

Length:

8h 20m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

03:11


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

05:08


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

05:31


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

04:13


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

05:06


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

05:01


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

05:02


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

03:48


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

01:22


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

05:00


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

04:50


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

05:01


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

03:57


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

01:22


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

04:53


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

04:49


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

05:14


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

05:05


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

04:58


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

05:07


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

01:35


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

03:21


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

05:21


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

05:21


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

04:34


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

04:42


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

05:29


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

04:44


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

02:04


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

02:51


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

04:55


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

05:04


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

05:06


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

05:16


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

05:10


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

04:34


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

05:19


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

04:47


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

04:54


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

05:06


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

05:05


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

04:58


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

05:00


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

05:02


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

04:57


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

05:05


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

05:01


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

05:34


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

04:25


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

05:08


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

04:57


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

05:04


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

04:57


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

05:18


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

04:43


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

05:07


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

04:56


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

04:57


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

05:36


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

04:32


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

05:01


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

05:06


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

04:54


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

05:35


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

04:29


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

05:02


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

04:55


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

05:00


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

05:04


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

05:04


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

02:53


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

02:07


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

05:04


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

05:02


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

04:53


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

05:12


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

04:53


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

05:11


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

06:23


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

03:32


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

05:01


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

05:00


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

05:23


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

04:53


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

02:27


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

02:48


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

04:40


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

04:58


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

05:25


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

04:40


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

04:59


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

05:11


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

05:04


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

04:45


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

04:59


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

05:07


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

03:16


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

06:40


Chapter 99
Chapter 99

05:09


Chapter 100
Chapter 100

05:11


Chapter 101
Chapter 101

04:42


Chapter 102
Chapter 102

04:05


Chapter 103
Chapter 103

05:58


Chapter 104
Chapter 104

06:30


Chapter 105
Chapter 105

03:34


Chapter 106
Chapter 106

05:10