O.K. I have the book about the Borgias in front of me. It is "The
Borgias" by Marion Johnson in this edition by Book Club Associates
though it would appear another edition by Macdonald Futura Publishers
exists circa 1981.
An interesting quote about Lucrezia when Duchess of Ferrara by
Chevalier Bayard "A glorious princess, for she is beautiful and good,
gentle and amiable to everyone." The plate of a painting shows a very
demure and sweet looking young lady. Were appearances deceptive?
--- In imperialrome2@y..., "Richard" <gauiscaecilius@y...> wrote:
> I have just read a very good book about the Borgias generally which
> appears to be very balanced. It doesn't whitwash them but does
> from the known facts rather than propaganda. since I haven't taken
> back to the library just yet I will post the details at work
> I was suprised at just how Roman reading their story felt. If Sulla
> or Marius had wandered into the Papal states they would have been
> quite in place.
> --- In imperialrome2@y..., "Hathaway Shoshana" <shoshanah@e...>
> > Very, very true! I've not read a good biography of
> I did
> > read a fairly good novel about Catherine De Medici ..another
> maligned lady
> > ...and I rather suspect she was the victim of very bad press.
> > isn't it, that certain historical figures almost have 2
> lives ...one the
> > life they actually lived ...and one the life they were "given"
> > it is the 2nd life that "stuck" so to speak. In some cases,
> > versions are almost completely separate ...but I suspect, for
> example, that
> > Lucrezia Borgia will go into infinity as a poisoner, and
> VII will
> > go into infinity as a vamp ...and there is little that can be
> about it.
> > So ...I like to think of the person, and the mythic
> > interesting.
> > OK ...I'll turn the list back over to the scholars! (smile.)
> > Gently,
> > Damascena