By Jean Plaidy
The main appealing lady in Rome, Lucrezia Borgia, used to be born right into a family—and a destiny—she couldn't desire to flee . . .Fifteenth-century Rome: The Borgia family members is at the upward push. Lucrezia’s father, Pope Alexander VI, locations his illegitimate daughter and her basically brothers, Cesare, Giovanni, and Goffredo, within the jeweled splendor—and scandal—of his courtroom. From the Pope’s affairs with adolescent ladies to Cesare’s risky jealousy of an individual who evokes Lucrezia’s affections to the ominous start of a kid conceived in mystery, no Borgia can elude infamy.Young Lucrezia steadily accepts her destiny as she involves phrases with the fragile nature of her relationships along with her father and brothers. The unbreakable bond she stocks with them either exhilarates and terrifies her as her innocence starts to vanish. quickly she's going to take into account that her family’s love pales subsequent to their quest for strength and that she herself is the best device of their political arsenal. From the inimitable pen of Jean Plaidy, this family’s epic legend is repletewith ardour, intrigue, and murder—and it’s in simple terms the start.
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Yes, Cesare,” she said, for she was afraid of Cesare when he looked like that. But when she was alone she went into a corner and continued to weep for Giorgio and Ottaviano. But even Cesare was to discover that the death of those whom he had considered insignificant could make a great difference to his life. Roderigo, still solicitous for the welfare of his ex-mistress, decided that, since she had lost her husband, she must be provided with another; therefore he arranged a marriage for her with a certain Carlo Canale.
Roderigo threw back his head and smiled, remembering the scented garden of Giovanni de Bichis, the dancing, the warm perfumed bodies of women and their seductive glances. He had found them irresistible, as they had him. And the reproof of Pius had not been serious. Pius understood that a man such as Roderigo must have his mistresses. Pius merely meant: Yes, yes, but no dancing in public with courtesans, Cardinal. The people complain, and it brings the Church into disrepute. How careless he had been in those days, so certain was he of his ability to win through to his goal.
Because he is our father. It is time you knew. Now you will see that it is unworthy to cry for such as Giorgio and Ottaviano. ” His eyes were dark again—not with rage perhaps, but with pride because Uncle Roderigo was their father and he was a great Cardinal who, they must pray each day, each night, might one day be Pope and the most powerful man in Rome. “Yes, Cesare,” she said, for she was afraid of Cesare when he looked like that. But when she was alone she went into a corner and continued to weep for Giorgio and Ottaviano.
Madonna of the Seven Hills: A Novel of the Borgias by Jean Plaidy