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Lucrezia Borgiaby John Faunce
Synopses & Reviews
“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 Lucrezias 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 Popes needs, Lucrezias 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 Popes imperial schemes, which threatened to tear apart the Vaticans political alliances--and Lucrezias 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 historys great survivors.
“Fascinating...a searing portrait of an intelligent woman, cunning enough to shape her own bizarre destiny.”--Booklist
The woman whose legendary beauty--and wickedness--inspired Donazetti's opera, Victor Hugo's play, and countless films and paintings at last speaks for herself. Lucrezia Borgia--whose name has long been synonymous with murder, incest, and debauchery.
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, hes 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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