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This is an auction for LUCREZIA BORGIA by Maria Bellonci.

"Although she was a daughter of Pope Alexander VI and is chiefly remembered as a raven-haired poisoner, Lucrezia Borgia was a passionate woman moving uncertainly through the Papal court and the intrigues, ambitions and political chicanery that swirled about her. Bellonci's biography won the Viareggio Literary Award and the Galante Prize in Italy in 1953." reviews:

"FIVE STARS!!! Winner of two coveted Italian literary awards when it was published in 1950, this book is masterfully translated to English and is one of the most well-written books I've read. Some of the passages are exquisite! The subject--Lucrezia Borgia, illegitimate daughter of Pope Alexander VI--was obviously well-researched and the text based upon documents maintained in Italian archives, including at the Vatican. I learned a lot about Italian history of the period, social life, and the role/plight of women by reading this excellent book. I didn't want it to end and intend to read the other books written by this author."

"FIVE STARS! This book will surprise you if you are expecting a notorious poisoner putting arsenic and henbane into drinks right and left. Lucretia's sinister reputation is myth, mostly guilt by association. I haven't seen any evidence that she ever poisoned anyone. She can be faulted for aiding and abetting her brother Cesare, but what choice did she have against such a monster? She was a pawn in the power games of her father and her brother. Deep down, she was a pious connoisseur of poetry and poets."

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Paperback 2000.

406 pages.

Good condition.

The cost of shipping is $4.95, or $6.95 by tracked mail. If you are on rural delivery and want tracked mail, the shipping cost will be $9.95.

There is of course no charge for shipping if you collect this book from my shop in Palmerston North following the auction.

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  • Seller location: Palmerston North, Manawatu, NZ

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