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“A fascinating story, rich in detail. In every case, Faunce portrays [Lucrezia] believably, with wit and sensitivity.”--Library Journal

Hundreds of years after her death, Lucrezia Borgia remains one of the most enigmatic and notorious women of history, accused of incest, of poisoning her rivals, and even of murdering her own father. Born into scandal, she was the daughter of the treacherous Cardinal Roderigo Borgia, who would later be crowned Pope Alexander VI. When her father ascended the papal throne, young Lucrezia’s life changed forever. From then on, Lucrezia would be unable to escape the political ambitions of her father and her brother, the bloodthirsty Cesare Borgia.

In an era when the Vatican was as decadent and violent as any royal court, Lucrezia was its crown princess. Famed for her beauty, she was a valuable pawn in the marriage game, and Alexander VI would use her to create one alliance after another. When her kindly first husband no longer suited the Pope’s needs, Lucrezia’s virginity was restored by papal decree (her new maidenhood was declared “miraculous”), and she was married off again, this time to a man she truly loved, Alfonso, Prince of Naples. But her joy was short-lived. Alfonso loathed her brother and refused to participate in the Pope’s imperial schemes, which threatened to tear apart the Vatican’s political alliances--and Lucrezia’s happy marriage.

In this unforgettable debut, John Faunce perfectly captures the rotten decadence of the Borgias’ papal court and the inner steel of Lucrezia Borgia, one of history’s great survivors.

“Fascinating...a searing portrait of an intelligent woman, cunning enough to shape her own bizarre destiny.”--Booklist

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A fictional portrait of the infamous Lucrezia Borgia, the illegitimate daughter of Pope Alexander VI, presents a woman trapped between her powerful family and her own desires during a life marked by divorce, debauchery, rumors of incest, and murder. A first novel. Reprint. 30,000 first printing.

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Lucrezia Borgia. The name has long been synonymous with murder, incest, and debauchery. Illegitimate daughter of Roderigo Borgia, Pope Alexander VI, her life was marked by one forced divorce, one murdered husband, and rumors of murders she commited herself as well as whispered affairs with both her brother Cesare and her father. But was...

About the Author

JOHN FAUNCE received a B.F.A. in acting and an M.F.A. in directing from Carnegie Mellon University. He has produced or directed some twenty-five off-Broadway and Broadway shows. As well, he’s executive-produced and written movies for television and produced feature films. He now lives in Los Angeles with his wife, a film editor, and his dog. This is his first novel.

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Product Details

ISBN:
9780307557636
Subtitle:
A Novel
Publisher:
Crown Publishing Group
Author:
Faunce, John
Author:
John Faunce
Subject:
Fiction : Historical - General
Subject:
Historical - General
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Historical
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
20040323
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
288

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"Synopsis" by , A fictional portrait of the infamous Lucrezia Borgia, the illegitimate daughter of Pope Alexander VI, presents a woman trapped between her powerful family and her own desires during a life marked by divorce, debauchery, rumors of incest, and murder. A first novel. Reprint. 30,000 first printing.
"Synopsis" by , Lucrezia Borgia. The name has long been synonymous with murder, incest, and debauchery. Illegitimate daughter of Roderigo Borgia, Pope Alexander VI, her life was marked by one forced divorce, one murdered husband, and rumors of murders she commited herself as well as whispered affairs with both her brother Cesare and her father. But was...
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