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~Ebook ☦ The Borgias: The Rise and Fall of the Most Infamous Family in History ☨ The Borgias are one of the most notorious families in European history, not because of any lasting achievements nor for long occupation of positions of power and influence, but because of the moral outrages committed by members of two generations of the family at a time when Italy was at the centre of the European stage The activities of Rodrigo Borgia, Pope Alexander VI, and his children, Cesare and Lucrezia, have attracted the attention of poets, playwrights, novelists and musicians as well as contemporary pamphleteers and historians of all subsequent generations Most of these have devoted themselves to describing the private lives of these members of the Borigia family, thus creating the impression that the only memorable things about them were their poisonings and their incestWhat has rarely been attempted in any reasonably accessible form, and therefore with little impact on popular ideas, is an assessment of the social and political aims and achievements of the Borgia family as a whole Who were the Borgias What were they doing in the fifteenth century that made them so hated and feared in Italy What were the wider implications of the two Borgia pontificates What happened to the family after the death of Alexander VI These are the questions which this book attempts to answer for the benefit of as wide an audience as possible The main significance of the Borgias lies not in their crimes and immoralities but in the dramatic rise of the family from a position of relatively obscure Spanish nobility to the highest position in Renaissance society It lies in the policies of Alexander VI as one of the leading Popes of the Renaissance the extent to which these policies were designed for the continued advancement of the family, and the extent to which he succeeded in creating positions of influence and importance for his family in Italy, France, and Spain, which survived for over two centuries A balance view of the Borgia family, although lacking in full historical context for Lucrezia. Much better than I thought Really makes you wonder if the family matters, and it s hard to say no with the political evidence Alexander dominated Italian politics, although it s hard to find a pope outside of him who did the same for his family a great concise history of the Borgia family saving in depth review for group discussion. The Borgias are an interesting family This book challenges the nasty reputations the Borgias have had throughout history, particularly the daughter I m always a little suspicious when people are that maligned There was something about the writing that made me feel the arguments would haveweight if presented in avigorous academic style. It is difficult to think of a family as controversial as the Borgias The libidinous life of pope Alexander VI and the ruthless actions of his son Cesare generated no shortage of enemies, who did much to define them as infamous characters One of the strengths of Michael Mallett s book is his effort to sort out the truth from the many scandalous libels levied against them His sober and reasoned judgments make for a welcome contrast from the many authors who indulge in the tales too entertaining It is difficult to think of a family as controversial as the Borgias The libidinous life of pope Alexander VI and the ruthless actions of his son Cesare generated no shortage of enemies, who did much to define them as infamous characters One of the strengths of Michael Mallett s book is his effort to sort out the truth from the many scandalous libels levied against them His sober and reasoned judgments make for a welcome contrast from the many authors who indulge in the tales too entertaining to debunk.Another great strength is Mallett s focus though his book is centered around the life of Rodrigo Borja, the future Alexander VI, it encompasses the full range of Borjas and Borgias, from their beginnings as Spanish noblemen in the Middle Ages, through the first Borgia pope Calixtus III to St Francis Borgia of the Jesuit order In doing so, he highlights their leadership within the Catholic Church, as well as their prominence withing southern European politics and society during the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries It is this combination of sober judgment and balanced perspective which make Mallett s book the best balanced overview of the Borgia family and their contribution to history V interesting and comprehensive coverage of the Borgias I agree it s a tough read, though not so tough as say a Joseph Conrad novel for instance I d probably class it as a 20th century history book for people who don t mind reading 19th century literature. Informative reading but dry as a high school textbook.Too many facts, too little personalities.I think Borgias werethan battles and church politics. Mallett writes in a scholarly, but often engaging, style and provides an adequate overview of the famous or infamous family However, I found 2 elements of the book less than satisfying First, Mallett gives exceedingly short accounts of many of the most notorious acts of which the Borgias are commonly accused e.g., Cesare s murder of his brother, orgies at the Vatican during Alexander VI s pontificate, etc Second, the author goes out of his way to dispute many of these allegations In fact, Mallett writes in a scholarly, but often engaging, style and provides an adequate overview of the famous or infamous family However, I found 2 elements of the book less than satisfying First, Mallett gives exceedingly short accounts of many of the most notorious acts of which the Borgias are commonly accused e.g., Cesare s murder of his brother, orgies at the Vatican during Alexander VI s pontificate, etc Second, the author goes out of his way to dispute many of these allegations In fact, his defenses of the Borgias are often considerably longer than his accounts of the underlying events of which they are accused I would have found abalanced treatmentenjoyable Best book overall that I have read about the Borgias.