Waiting on Wednesday (5): Blood and Beauty: The Borgias by Sarah Dunant

New WoW“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

Blood and Beauty: The Borgias by Sarah Dunant

Expected publication: July 16th 2013 by Random House
Genre: Historical fictionBlood & Beauty: The Borgias
576 pages


Is there a family in history more dazzling, dangerous and notorious than the Borgias?

A powerhouse of the Italian Renaissance, their very name epitomizes the ruthless politics and sexual corruption of the Papacy.

The father, Pope Alexander VI, a consummate politician and a man with a voracious appetite both as Cardinal and Pope.

The younger Juan, womanizer and thug, and their lovely sister, Lucretia, whose very name has become a byword for poison, incest and intrigue.

But how much of the history about this remarkable family is actually true, and how much distorted, filtered through the age old mechanisms of political spin, propaganda and gossip?

What if the truth, the real history, is even more challenging?

“Blood & Beauty: The Borgias” is an epic novel which sets out to capture the scope, the detail, the depth, the colour and the complexity of this utterly fascinating family.

I am waiting for another historical fiction novel this week…and another one that takes place in Italy. It seems to be my theme these past two weeks. 🙂 As much as there is so much about the Borgias out there and while I tried to read another novel about them last year and failed, this one looks promising.

What are you waiting for?


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