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Blood & beauty

Author: Sarah Dunant
Publisher: London : Virago, 2013.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Acclaimed novelist of the Italian Renaissance Sarah Dunant now takes on the era's most infamous family: the Borgias. By the end of the fifteenth century, the beauty and creativity of Italy is matched by its brutality and corruption, nowhere more than in Rome and in the Church. When Cardinal Rodrigo Borgia buys his way into the papacy as Alexander VI, he is defined not just by his wealth or his passionate love for  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biographical fiction
Fiction
Named Person: Alexander, Pope
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Sarah Dunant
ISBN: 9781844087426 1844087425 9780748128723 0748128727
OCLC Number: 825559658
Description: p. cm.
Responsibility: by Sarah Dunant.

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The thrilling new novel from the bestselling author of the bestselling Italian Renaissance novels The Birth of Venus, In the Company of the Courtesan and Sacred Hearts  Read more...

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What a marvellous feast of vices and desires Sarah Dunant gives us in Blood & Beauty - lust and ambition, passion and power, destiny born and bought. The Borgias are arguably the most intriguing and Read more...

 
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