by Marion Johnson
Book Club Associates, 1981, illustrated end-papers, colour and b/w photographs throughout, hardcover, dustjacket, ISBN 0417763079
Near Fine Condition, minor bumps to book edges, previous owners inscription whited out on first title page, minor shelf-wear to dustjacket edges
'Marion Johnson plots the dramatic rise of the Borgias from their beginnings in Spain to their occupation of the highest position in Renaissance society, at a time when Italy was the center of the European stage, both culturally and politically. She explains why history has shown the Borgias as fallen men and women in a dad era, but considers the condemnation to have been too absolute : behind the gaudy horrors lie people of real talent and achievement, possessors, even, of moderate virtues.'