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By Rafael Sabatini | Comments: ( 426 ) | Date: ( Feb 23, 2020 )

The Most Evil Man in Italy Cesare Borgia served as Machiavelli s model of the ideal ruler for The Prince The illegitimate son of Pope Alexander VI, he was a cardinal at age 22 He lived hard and died hard, murdering his enemies, seizing power in Florence, and marrying off his sister Lucretia for political gain, not once but three times This is his remarkable story.

  • Title: The Life of Cesare Borgia
  • Author: Rafael Sabatini
  • ISBN: 9781587156625
  • Page: 292
  • Format: Hardcover

About Author:

Rafael Sabatini

Rafael Sabatini 1875 1950 was an Italian British writer of novels of romance and adventure At a young age, Rafael was exposed to many languages By the time he was seventeen, he was the master of five languages He quickly added a sixth language English to his linguistic collection After a brief stint in the business world, Sabatini went to work as a writer He wrote short stories in the 1890s, and his first novel came out in 1902 Sabatini was a prolific writer he produced a new book approximately every year He consciously chose to write in his adopted language, because, he said, all the best stories are written in English In all, he produced thirty one novels, eight short story collections, six nonfiction books, numerous uncollected short stories, and a play He is best known for his world wide bestsellers The Sea Hawk 1915 , Scaramouche 1921 , Captain Blood 1922 and Bellarion the Fortunate 1926 Other famous works by Sabatini are The Lion s Skin 1911 , The Strolling Saint 1913 and The Snare 1917.

Comments The Life of Cesare Borgia

  • Edward

    Three reasons I read this book. First, my wife is a descendant of Caesare Borgia through Charlotte d’Albret, the 17 year old French woman whom he married at 27, a political arrangement designed to gain support of the French. He lived with her for four months, leaving her pregnant in France, before returning to Italy. They never saw each other again. Personal nformation about distant ancestors is always interesting. Second, I remember as a kid reading some of Sabatini’s historical swashbuckli [...]

  • NoellaVan Looy

    Meestal als er over de Borgia's geschreven wordt, worden vooral hun wandaden en tirannie in de verf gezet. Deze auteur echter is duidelijk een andere mening toegedaan. Hij legt er dikwijls de nadruk op dat veel slechts wat over de Borgia's geschreven wordt, niet met bewijzen gestaafd kan worden, en dus als roddels beschouwd kan worden. De dingen die wel bewezen zijn, beargumenteerd hij veelal als zijnde niet abnormaal voor het tijdperk en de plaats. Zoals het feit dat Paus Alexander XI Borgia ve [...]

  • J.M. Cornwell

    Since there are now a couple of cable series about the Borgias, The Borgias on Showtime and Borgia: Faith and Fear, I have had a look at what most of the world thinks about the Borgias. Everyone knows that Lucrezia Borgia was a poisoner without peer and I seem to remember she was involved The Shaggy Dog, something about a painting of her and a ring that turned a teenage boy into a shaggy dog and eventually into a shaggy D.A but that is as far as my knowledge went.Cesare Borgia intrigued me, not [...]

  • Dorothy

    This books is a good reminder why most people hate biographies. Written in 1913, this is a vast effort to rehabilitate Cesare Borgia and his family. I give it three stars for the quantity (if not quality) of research and primary sources used to scrape away centuries of innuendo, hypotheses and reiterated falsehoods that have varnished the Borgias. That said, the author is too insistent on white washing that which is dark and malevolent in the Borgia's grab for power and their complcity in murder [...]

  • Dom. Vincenzo Ginex

    I see most comments here are made by people who seem to think that the televised version is the accurate historiography. The book was researched and presented well. As a historian I enjoyed the book immensely. Bravo!

  • Stormy

    Sabatini does not takes sides but faces off with the facts presenting a vary unbiased and realistic view of one of the worlds most infamous families.

  • Becky

    Author's Thesis/Purpose in Writing the Biography:To whitewash is to overlay, to mask the original fabric under a superadded surface. Too much superadding has there been here already. By your leave, all shall be stripped away. The grime shall be removed and the foulness of inference, of surmise, of deliberate and cold-blooded malice, with which centuries of scribblers, idle, fantastic, sensational, or venal, have coated the substance of known facts. But the grime shall be preserved and analysed s [...]

  • Lee

    Lately, I've been interested in middle-age European history, a truly interesting time in European. After seeing the internationally produced TV series "Borgia" (not to be confused with the crappy Showtime series called "The Borgias") I decided to seek a historically accurate account of the fascinating life and times of Cesare Borgai, the son of Pope Alexander V! during the dawn of the Renaissance.The politics of those times are complex, and the author takes care in attempting to separate fact fr [...]

  • Cate (The Professional Fangirl)

    I finally finished it! :) It took me the better part of the month but I got through it. I have to be honest, it was not an easy read. Informative and interesting, very much. But at times, it was slow and very wordy. Well, it was written in 1912-ish so I have to consider the style during that time. I do like History and Historical Fiction - and lately, the Borgia family, so this was right up my alley.The book talks about Cesare Borgia, his life, his work, and what was said about him. Sabatini quo [...]

  • Briana

    This is one of he most thorough biographies of Cesare Borgia I have read in respect to the fact that it does not present occurrences as unquestionable facts but weighs the accounts of several chroniclers in order to discern the truth of the matter. By the same token, however, Sabatini is revealed throughout the work to be ardently infatuated with Borgia, and his bias is quite evident. Where other biographers were willing to admit that Cesare, although accused of many atrocities during his short [...]

  • Carrie Laben

    Rafael Sabatini's obvious crush on Cesare Borgia has produced an often interesting but also frequently hilarious work of historical rehabilitation. Some of what seems risible to a modern reader is a product of the book's age (especially the adorable attempts to shield innocent eyes by quoting dirty passages in untranslated Latin) but the majority of the mirth comes from a complete, fervid partiality that goes under the guise of being impartial simply because all previous accounts had leaned so f [...]

  • Catherine Letendre

    Très ardu à lire, l'auteur semble s'adresser davantage aux historiens qu'au grand public. Ce livre m'intéressait car la vie de Cesare Borgia m'intéresse. Je me suis retrouvée à lire un bloc de texte dont la 1ere moitié ne parlait que du père, et où les arguments massues sont cités en langue d'origine: l'italien et le latin. Sans traduction.Sabatini semble avoir écrit ce livre pour rétablir la réputation de Cesare, ce qui fait que plutôt que de raconter sa vie, il s'applique à réf [...]

  • Larry Bartal

    Couldn't get past first few pages of this bookCouldn't get past first few pages of this bookFrom the outset of the book (especially in the Preface), the author consistently defends members of the Borgia family by arguing that they were justified in their horrendous actions, because everyone at the time was doing it too. What utter nonsense and bunk. There were plenty of good men and women living at the time in all phases of that society, true Renaissance giants. To use the author's metric, Hitle [...]

  • Alyssa

    This is a decent book on the Borgias, but like every other book about them, it must be read very critically. The author would have you believe he is not an apologist, when he clearly demonstrates that he is. At one moment he will present, say, Burchard's Diarium as an almost unimpeachable source. At the next, he declares it wildly inaccurate - when it says something negative about his Valentino. A reasonably intelligent person will not have any difficulty seeing the logical fallacies here, like [...]

  • Zenbob

    Sabatini is, as always, a delightful and compelling writer, but here he is somewhat undone by facts. It must have been a Herculean task to try to rehabilitate Cesare Borgia, and Sabatini gives it his all. Even to the point of being annoying. As other reviewers have noted, the book is less about Cesare than how previous biographers got his story wrong. Sabatini is so intent on propping up his man that he becomes the thing he criticizes. Interesting, for awhile, but tedious ultimately. Back to Sab [...]

  • Awet Moges

    Utterly confident in its brave defense of a notorious character, The Life of Cesare Borgia is a must read for any serious scholar of the period or a fan of the Borgias. Sabatini pulls off a polemic against the historians who disparage the Borgias because he relies on evidence and a superior understanding of the human psyche, also bolstered by a few truths of Machiavelli. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and hope to read more courageous efforts by biographers in the future.

  • Pam

    OMG! I made it all the way through. I have read Sabatini's fiction and enjoyed it. This, however, was only enjoyable for about the last 30 pages. Sabatini was a proponent of the Borgias and spends most of the book defending them from their critics. He also includes quotes in their original language (which I cannot read). While I gave the book one star, I think I deserve five for finishing it. (Sabatini is dead so I can't hurt his feelings.)

  • Housewife Bubuchu

    Сабатини автор романтических приключений. Определенно не историк. Такого мимими про Борджиа я еще не читала. Хотя, он довольно обоснованно указывает на явные нестыковки в исторических источниках и подвергает сомнению те же факты, которые вызывали у меня здоровый скептици [...]

  • Jennifer

    Obviously this is not a book that appeals to a wide audience, but - if you are at all interested in Cesare Borgia, Machiavelli, this time period, political theory like I said, it isn't for everyone. The only reason I didn't give it 5 stars is the translation. It was a distraction from the plot. A better version (if it exists) would be phenomenal. This has added a few other non-fiction reads of the same general topic to my to-read list.

  • Maren

    On the whole, I enjoy Sabatini's style of writing, and this book is well-researched (no surprise there). However, it seems that the book is mistitled, as the subject is less Cesare's life and more where other of his biographers have gone wrong--not to mention, Cesare doesn't make a substantive appearance until the book is one-third finished (until that point, it is entirely about his father--a significant player, yes, but 1/3-book-worth?).

  • Matt schmm

    The truth is refreshingthis book is excellent because it cuts all the fake history and gossip out of the true cesera Georgia. it still examines the gossip and rumours and tells you where they came from and why. I love how he cuts to shreds, with the undeniable truth ,the so called "historians" who so falsely represented Cesera

  • Ruth

    While there is a lot of good history in this book, it is written as more of an argument than a history. Sabatini criticizes much of the previous historical work that shines a dark light on the life of the 16th century Borgias. While most of his points seem to be valid, and he includes many references his intent appears to be to refute instead of inform.

  • Christine Aurilia

    If you like florid, hard to follow sentences, feeble excuses for very bad behavior and being frustrated by passages written in Latin or Italian that the author doesn't trouble himself to translate, then you'll love this book.

  • Patty

    I've only read Sabatini's swashbuckling fiction before--I can only imagine that his bio of Cesare Borgia will be epic! (if, perhaps, a touch more romanticized than is strictly proper in a "serious history")

  • Thatsomeone

    Непогана книжка про історичну особу. Наче й не художня, але присутні такі прозові моменти. Загалом читається як якийсь пригодницький роман з претензією на аналіз особистості та розкриття невідомих сторін життя Чезаре.

  • Samantha Hartke

    Yawn .

  • Melisende d'Outremer

    Would love to read this!

  • Michelle Gross

    Not too bad. His life isn't as interesting as I thought it'd be.

  • Darryl Cottier

    Was ok Was a bit dry and slow. History was accurate. Writing was enjoyable and lightThe Borgia's lived a colorful life and Cesare is well documented here

  • Janie

    V's book club pick, and no surprise: history + anthropological pontification + Italy

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