By Jean Plaidy
A few acknowledged she was once a sublime seductress. Others swore she used to be an incestuous murderess. It didn’t topic what they referred to as her. She used to be the main risky and sought-after lady in all of Rome. She was once Lucrezia Borgia. Born into Rome’s infamous Borgia kin, younger Lucrezia led a lifestyles coloured by means of violence and betrayal. Now, married for the second one time at simply eighteen, she hopes for happiness along with her good-looking husband, Alfonso. yet confronted with brutal homicide, she’s quickly torn among her love for her husband and her devotion to her brother Cesare . . . And within the days whilst the Borgias governed Italy, nobody used to be secure from the lengthy arm in their energy. Even Lucrezia. In this compelling tale of a pretty girl stuck up in a tortuous internet of worry and love, Jean Plaidy sheds mild at the a lot maligned Lucrezia and vividly brings her to existence.
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Hush! It is something we know but never mention. And you are divorced now, sister, free of Sforza. Never say aloud those words, never admit your marriage was consummated. But Lucrezia, do stop grieving. Pedro is dead; nothing can bring him back, and that is an episode which is over. Learn to forget. He was your first love, I know, and you remember. ” “You should not grieve for the child. ” “Don’t you understand, Sanchia? Somewhere a baby lives … my baby. Some strange woman feeds him and soothes him when he cries.
She is ready to denounce her throne and retire to a convent at Bourges. ” “He’ll need a dispensation from Your Holiness if he is to gain that,” said Cesare with a grin. “He asks much. ” Cesare nodded. ” “Her estates of Brittany are vast and rich,” added the Pope. ” “That is what I wish to discuss. I shall send a message to the King of France that I am deeply considering the possibility of granting that dispensation. ” There were tears in Alexander’s eyes. It delighted him to bring such pleasure to his loved one.
Alfonso of Aragon, you shall be Duke of Bisceglie and Prince of Quadrata. ” Alfonso had declared his delight in his new titles. But he was eager, he said, to know the name of his bride. “All in good time, all in good time,” murmured Federico, as though he wanted to keep the joke to himself a little longer. Alfonso remembered, although he had only been a very little boy at that time, how Uncle Federico—not King then but only brother of the King—had come to Naples from Rome and told how he had stood proxy for Alfonso’s sister Sanchia at her marriage with Goffredo Borgia, and how he had amused the company vastly—and in particular the Pope—by his miming of a reluctant virgin as the bride.
Light on Lucrezia: A Novel of the Borgias by Jean Plaidy