Blood & Beauty

Blood & Beauty

Audiobook CD - 2013
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"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 inside 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 his illegitimate children, but by his blood: He is a Spanish Pope in a city run by Italians. If the Borgias are to triumph, this charismatic, consummate politician with a huge appetite for life, women, and power must use papacy and family-- in particular, his eldest son, Cesare, and his daughter Lucrezia-- in order to succeed. Cesare, with a dazzlingly cold intelligence and an even colder soul, is his greatest-- though increasingly unstable-- weapon. Later immortalized in Machiavelli's The Prince, he provides the energy and the muscle. Lucrezia, beloved by both men, is the prime dynastic tool. Twelve years old when the novel opens, hers is a journey through three marriages, and from childish innocence to painful experience, from pawn to political player" -- from publisher's web site.
Publisher: [Westminster, MD] : Books on Tape p2013
ISBN: 9780385393423
0385393423
Characteristics: 14 sound discs (ca. 17 1/2 hr.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in
Additional Contributors: Ballerini, Edoardo 1970-

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Jan 08, 2015

Enjoyed the story, but the discs are damaged in places.

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