|Pages/Publication Date:||400 / 2019|
Even as the Renaissance was coming into its full flowering in Italy, the Borgia family became a byword for corruption, incest, and megalomania. Yet as the author of The Medici reminds us in this fair yet unflinching biography, the family which produced corrupt popes, depraved princes, and poisoners, would also produce a saint. Restoring the Borgias to the context of their time, Paul Strathern tells this startling story of ambition and decadence, and questions whether these ruthless social climbers might paradoxically represent the greatest aspirations of the Renaissance.
"To be immersed in this group biography is to visit a particularly exciting and consequential period in European history in all its high drama and richness of character…. This is an outstanding account."—Booklist