In the Name of the Family

In the Name of the Family

Large Print - 2017
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The ferocious rise of the Borgia family in Rome has taken the country by surprise, as Pope Alexander VI Rodrigo Borgia openly wields his illegitimate children as dynastic weapons: His son Cesare, the arrogant, sadistic leader of a victorious mercenary army, and his scandal-soaked daughter, Lucrezia, a pawn in the marriage game. In Florence, a city once celebrated for her artistic wealth and learning, the people lament what has been lost after the mad monk Savonarola's pious reign. Politics is a blood sport; violence an acceptable form of diplomacy. But Niccolo Machiavelli, a clever and calculating undersecretary, thrives in such conditions, eager to quietly manipulate the affairs of state to his own ends. Machiavelli is impressed with the influence and boldness of the Borgias and one man in particular catches his eye.
Published: Waterville, Maine :, Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, Cengage Learning,, 2017.
Edition: Large print edition.
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9781410495808
1410495809
Branch Call Number: F DUN
Characteristics: 645 pages (large print) ;,23 cm.
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brangwinn
Oct 24, 2017

Because of the many points of view this is not the easiest historical novel to follow, but it is well worth the effort. Because of Dunant’s careful research about the Borgia family and her deft writing, the reader becomes enmeshed in the deceit and loves of the Borgia family, in particular Lucrezia. Among the points of view, I most appreciated was that of the Florentine diplomat, Machiavelli. The intrigue and back-stabbing that made the world of the Borgia pope is all here.

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tjdickey
Sep 25, 2017

A continuation of Dunant's "Blood and Beauty," and even better in the writing. We see the Borgias as somehow more human, though perhaps no less frightening in this vision: there are faint echoes of Hitler in some of the "diplomacy." The relationship between Lucrezia and poet Pietro Bembo is touchingly drawn, and the electric, emotional and intellectual chemistry between masterminds Cesare Borgia and Niccolo Machiavelli alone is worth the reading.

Chapel_Hill_AmandaG Feb 20, 2017

This dazzling historical tale continues the Borgia epic that began in Blood and Beauty. Lucrezia is now on marriage three and is the newly minted duchess of Ferrara. Cesare is as power hungry as ever and is at the pinnacle of his career. Alexander VI is now an aging pope who is concerned about his family’s legacy. We see an introduction of a new voice, Niccolo Machiavelli, who is representing Florence’s interests but cannot help but be impressed by the machinations of the Borgia family. As always, Sarah Dunant succeeds in bringing history to life with her attention to detail and her well-fleshed out characters. She is not trying to erase Borgia’s bad reputation, but instead shed light on their very human motivations and desires. I appreciated that the author did not go for the story with the most scandal. Instead, she used the historical record to create a plausible telling of these characters and events. I especially enjoyed Machiavelli’s outsider perspective because it gave me an understanding of how contemporaries viewed this family. I would be hard pressed to find a complaint of this book other than I was left wishing for even more. The Borgias might still be a family we love to hate, but thanks to Sarah Dunant we might understand them a little more.

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