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Lucrezia Borgia Fights To Save Her Husband From Assasination By Her Powerful Family , Renaissance Rome As The Teenage Daughter Of Pope Alexander VI, Lucrezia Borgia Is A Young Noblewoman Immersed In All The Glamor Of The Vatican Palace Yet After A Brutal Killing Shocks The City, Lucrezia Learns That A Dark Truth Lies Beneath The Surface Of The Papal Court In Their Ruthless Quest For Power, Her Father And Brother Are Willing To Poison Their Enemies Her Family Are Murderers After Discovering That Her New Husband Is Next To Die, Lucrezia Struggles To Help Him Escape From Rome Before The Assassins Strike Against A Barrage Of Political Intrigues, Papal Spies, And Diabolical Tricks, Lucrezia Uses All Her Wits To Defy Her Family And Save Her Husband From Assassination But As Tragedy Looms Ever Closer, And Her Plans Gradually Fail, She Finds Herself Confronting An Enemy Far Sinister Than She Ever Imagined INCLUDED INSIDE An Exclusive Excerpt Of M G Scarsbrook S Novel THE MARLOWE CONSPIRACY, An Historical Thriller Set In Elizabethan England, Featuring Christopher Marlowe And William Shakespeare Teaming Up To Expose A High Level Government Conspiracy


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  1. says:

    Although the name Borgia is well known for their power hungry and decadent lifestyle, little is known of Lucrezia, the daughter of Rodrigo Borgia, Pope Alexander VI She was certainly a pawn in her father s quest for power, in that he married her off to three different members of European nobility in order to advance his political ambitions She was also thought to have had an illegitimate child by a lover However, the extent of her complicity in the political machinations of her father and brothers is unclear Contemporary accounts say Lucrezia had heavy blonde hair which fell past her knees, a beautiful complexion, hazel eyes which constantly changed colour, a full, high bosom, and a natural grace Although I doubt anyone in 15th century Italy would have dared describe the Pope s only daughter as homely.History says Cesare Borgia suffered from syphilis and to cover his scars wore a mask and dressed in black Insanely jealous of her second husband, Alfonso of Aragon Duke of Bisceglie when the Prince visited them in Rome, Cesare s men attacked him during the night To retaliate, Alfonso s men shot arrows at Cesare while he strolled in the garden This infuriated Cesare, and he had his servant strangle Alfonso while in the recovery room Lucrezia and Alfonso had an infant, Rodrigo, who predeceased his mother in August 1512 at the age of 12.It is this marriage and Cesare s hatred of Alfonso that Matthew Scarsbrook s Poison In The Blood deals with in a fast paced and very readable way His Lucrezia is a young and relatively innocent girl with a conscience, whose father rejected her mother when she was small, and whom she is forbidden to see Lucrezia s betrothal to Alfonso of Aragon is arranged by her family, but she determines to be a good wife To her horror, Lucrezia discovers her brother Cesare, is not the loving sibling she believes him to be.When Pope Alexander and Cesare go on campaign to defeat their enemies, Lucrezia is tasked with keeping the cardinals of the Vatican in order Lucrezia seeks advice from Nicollo Machiavelli, the philosopher and poet, and performs well, but she is also aware that when her men return, Alfonso s days are numbered.Just when I was at the point of deciding this Lucrezia was a little too virtuous, her Borgia ancestry emerges and she persuades Cesare to spare her husband s life by giving him what he most wants.I thoroughly enjoyed this portrayal of an ancient story and anyone who enjoys Medieval Italy, love, betrayal and a strong, resourceful heroine on a knife edge, will enjoy this well researched and well written book.


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    If you know nothing about the Borgias, specifically Lucrezia I think you will REALLY enjoy this book On the other hand, if you have a decent background knowledge of the Borgia family and your a stickler for historical accuracy this one might drive you a little batty Then again it may just be me.I really wanted to love this book and I think if I were completely unfamiliar with the history of the Borgias or if the books subject were a completely fictional family I would have The story itself was very well written and thought out I cant say it enough if your not overly concerned with historical accuracy this is probably a just cant put it down kind of book Unfortunately, I like accuracy and this is presented as a story based specifically on the Borgias so my expectation was that while it was fiction it would be fairly true to the major facts and events in that families history at least about the main character Lucrezia Instead I realized right off the bat some rather important historical facts were completely disregarded while others were just changed as if rewriting history I understand the authors need to do this to develop the characters in a way that would make this particular storyline work It was just frustrating to read something and have to stop and make sure I read it correctly because I was constantly questioning my own memory Little discrepancies here and there don t bother me After all it is history and we have so many questions about what really happened in the past that there is definitely room for interpretation For me, that s where the fiction part of historical fiction comes in I love watching how different authors interpret known facts and come up with different stories For most fans of this genre I would think that s the best part and why we consistently read so many books on the same topic, dynasty or family I just have a hard time when the story is unbelievable because it s based on actions and or events I know are inaccurate or never happened.To give an example Just imagine a few hundred years from now someone writes an historical fiction about JFK In this hypothetical authors version Marilyn Monroe is the one that shoots him You might have a few What moments with that Even though we may never know the whole story of what exactly happened on the grassy knoll we know enough to say it s a fairly safe bet it wasn t Marilyn since she was already history herself It s just hard to enjoy or get drawn into a story that colors that far outside the lines.I realize this is fiction and as such authors always have the freedom of poetic license It just caused me to finish the book with an overwhelming impression that I would have enjoyed it so much if it had been written about a fictitious family that people might or might not assume was very loosely based on the Borgias That s just my opinion and as I stated previously I am a bit picky about sticking with the historical facts and then filling in the blanks with the fiction If you don t have any prior knowledge of the Borgia family or you aren t all that particular or clear about their history it s a very entertaining story that will be hard to put down I would just recommend that anyone new to The Borgias keep reading There is so much to this family and in my opinion the truth, or at least what we know of it is one of histories most fascinating and intriguing stories.


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    Until fairly recently the only historical novels I read on any sort of regular basis were those of Philippa Gregory but thanks to LindyLouMac s Book Reviews and the opportunity to review some other historical writers my horizons have been expanded I have always considered my tastes very eclectic but am nowadays likely to consider reading this genre, than I have been for years With the themes of the stories based on real life characters it can be an interesting way to learn a little history I admit to knowing very little about the historical background surrounding Lucrezia Borgia before reading this novel, so this easy and quick read was a pleasurable way to learn a little about her.Set in Renaissance Rome in 1497 it also was a good choice for my May entry for the Italy in Books Reading Challenge 2011 The daughter of Pope Alexander VI, Lucrezia Borgia leads a sheltered life amongst the glamour of the Vatican City Yet after a brutal killing shocks the city, she learns that all is not as it seems and that her father s court holds dark secrets She discovers that her own brother, Cesare and father are willing to commit murder to protect their own lifestyle and love of power.Written as a memoir narrated by Lucrezia in the first person the blend of fiction and historical fact makes her come alive on the pages as she relates to us the intrigue and tragedy of her fathers court There is no doubt in my mind that Pope Alexander VI was a nasty and brutal man, I disliked his character immensely Even I knew of the historical connections of the Borgia family to poison, plus the title of the book so it was no surprise that the poison aspect brings the suspense to a story which I recommend to fans of historical novels looking for a quick read.For the post in full please visit LindyLouMac s Book Reviewshttp lindyloumacbookreviews.blogspo


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    This was a disappointment for me The story of Lucrezia and the Borgias is very loosely linked to this novel The inaccuracies were great The timeline was wrong, there was no mention of key people, eg Caterina Sforza or Lucrezia s first or third husband I didn t particularly like any of the characters, Cesare is stereotype bad guy, Alexander is a cold, unloving, cruel father, Lucrezia is a little bit Mary Sue The ending was ridiculous I won t spoil it for anyone that actually wants to read the book but let s just say it s pretty far from the historical record The one good thing was that there wasn t a hint of incest.


  6. says:

    Taken as a novel, lots of fun Taken as a historical novel, lots of huh Key facts from the life of the real Lucrezia Borgia are omitted, dates are rearranged, and events central to the telling of Scarsbrook s story veer so far from the known record, that it s sometimes a leap to stay in the narrative Enjoy the tale, but don t take it as the gospel truth.


  7. says:

    absolutely fascinating A very different view from the TV series but totally addicting I hated putting it down Anyone who has any interest in historical novels should give it a read.


  8. says:

    Well writtenfast pacednot all of history is told in this bookenjoyable read nonetheless


  9. says:

    Quite entertaining but she is way off the mark with actual dates and events according to Mr Google This was quite confusing after having read other books about the Borgias and watched the tv series.


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    I didn t know quite what to expect when I began reading Scarsbrook s new novel Poison in The Blood How was this historical novel going to be any different from the one by a different author I just recently read on Lucrezia Honestly, I often find it difficult to read same subject character books, one right after the other So, needless to say, my excitement was not that great but, I was on for the ride.Well, I couldn t have been surprised Not only did I get a novel filled with than the basic history as I know it perfect timeframe, setting and figures but this one is also a memoir Written in the first person, Poison in the Blood brilliantly portrays Lucrezia s smarts, her compassion, love, strength of character and wit something that is not always easily achieved when writing in this perspective But really, the thing that I found most interesting in this novel was the poison twist Historically, the Borgias have always been suspected of dabbling in this area so why not a novel exposing this Scarsbrook is brilliant in weaving a plot that ties fiction and history together Granted, the ending which I will not give away is different from the real history nevertheless, it could have been quite plausible, with the outcome of Lucrezia definitely being a less maligned historical heroine.I particularly enjoyed scenes involving Lucrezia s estranged mother, as well as the famous Machiavelli himself These touches within the book brought Lucrezia to life for me Her thoughts, emotions and actions made her so real that I began to empathize with her Her father, the grand schemer of things was as brutal and conniving as we know But, Cesare shows another side of his, as well Though don t get fooled he s still bad Living such a twisted life, Lucrezia, who is usually portrayed as a pawn, was clever and strong in reversing her fate And, that s what I loved most.Brilliantly crafted, Poison in the Blood is a quick and engaging read that does not feign its way through the history Rather, it brings an element of what if that is splendidly interpreted into something than just plain history Scarsbrook has re invented the past in this work of fiction by bringing in suspense with a twist to create a book that is well worth reading.Category YALoved it