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The Borgias by Marion Johnson

The Borgias by Marion Johnson

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The Borgias

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.'


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