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When you read an old work of popular history written by a man who generally wrote adventure novels, it s normal to wonder if you re getting the straight dope or some version of events that has been somewhat inflated for dramatic effect I suspect some inflation and inaccuracy here, but I don t know enough about the Borgias to pin it down It s an ok book though Murder, simony, treachery, corruption, incest, cruelty, murder the Borgias are such fascinating historical bad guys that it s easy t When you read an old work of popular history written by a man who generally wrote adventure novels, it s normal to wonder if you re getting the straight dope or some version of events that has been somewhat inflated for dramatic effect I suspect some inflation and inaccuracy here, but I don t know enough about the Borgias to pin it down It s an ok book though Murder, simony, treachery, corruption, incest, cruelty, murder the Borgias are such fascinating historical bad guys that it s easy to stay interested in the story.I read the French language version of this book Dumas writes without using an extravagant vocabulary so if you re a mediocre student of French you won t need to run constantly to the dictionary Alexandre Dumas provided an excellent view of the events surrounding the Borgias and their many corrupt and criminal deeds It was fascinating to read from the perspective of a time nearly 150 years closer to the Borgias than now It was also a time when access to and availability of research materials was farlimited than today, and even the relationship between individuals and governments to the Church was far different than now However, that said,I found this book at times a difficult r Alexandre Dumas provided an excellent view of the events surrounding the Borgias and their many corrupt and criminal deeds It was fascinating to read from the perspective of a time nearly 150 years closer to the Borgias than now It was also a time when access to and availability of research materials was farlimited than today, and even the relationship between individuals and governments to the Church was far different than now However, that said,I found this book at times a difficult read Perhaps it was the translation or maybe the writing style of the period, but I found myslef getting lost as the narrative seemed to ramble with so much descriptive detail that it took one away from the event being reported.I have to say, if one wants to read about the Borgias, they could make better use of their time by reading one of the current histories or even an encyclopedia sighs I m quite letdown by this novel, Alexandre Dumas presentation of the Borgia family and their many scandals simply left many things to be desired.First, the characterization is just shallow, out of all the main characters, only Pope Alexander VI and his son Cesare Borgia were given any attempt at characterization and backstories Everyone else in the Borgia family simply got the Oh they are so immoral and evil treatment Unsurprisingly, female characters such as Lucrezia Borgia and he sighs I m quite letdown by this novel, Alexandre Dumas presentation of the Borgia family and their many scandals simply left many things to be desired.First, the characterization is just shallow, out of all the main characters, only Pope Alexander VI and his son Cesare Borgia were given any attempt at characterization and backstories Everyone else in the Borgia family simply got the Oh they are so immoral and evil treatment Unsurprisingly, female characters such as Lucrezia Borgia and her mother the Pope s mistress got simply labeled as sluts and Dumas never bothered to explain why a young woman would turn out so evil whilst he was accusing Lucrezia for having incest with her two brothers and her own father, almost every member of the Borgia family and their supposed evilness never gets any explanation because Dumas just didn t bother to show us how the personalities of these characters were formed.There are many historical kings and nobles in the story, but pretty soon I was struggling to recall who is who with this large crew of characters I remember the King of France got mentioned quite a lot and I barely care about who is rising in power and who is falling because these characters read like they are all footnotes in a history textbook Plus all the battles, court intrigues and assassination just simply feel underwhelming and flat.I think Mario Puzo s The Family tells a far better story about the Borgia family saga than this one The infamous Borgia family certainly provides enough fodder for a page turning drama power, sex, murder, incest, adultery, war, religion, corruption but all too often the narrative pull is weighed down by an encyclopedic recitation of inconsequential facts.Instead of letting the larger than life personalities dominate the story, we get an endless parade of military formations, troop movements, and a history of Swiss mercenaries While the center of action is dominated by the unholy trinity of The infamous Borgia family certainly provides enough fodder for a page turning drama power, sex, murder, incest, adultery, war, religion, corruption but all too often the narrative pull is weighed down by an encyclopedic recitation of inconsequential facts.Instead of letting the larger than life personalities dominate the story, we get an endless parade of military formations, troop movements, and a history of Swiss mercenaries While the center of action is dominated by the unholy trinity of Pope Alexander VI, his militaristic son Caesare, and his daughter Lucrezia, the book features a cast of hundreds and it becomes difficult at least for this reader to keep track of all the people and places and how they related Vitellozza and Bentivoglio are people Sinigalia and Caesna are places I know Charles is King of France and Ferdinand and Isabella are from Spain, and Machiavelli is from Florence, but I am not sure about Ugo di Cardona or Oliverotto da Fermo.There s a lot of squabbling between the Vatican and the College of Cardinals and between the Borgias and the other preeminent Italian families, but just as the political in fighting becomes tedious, Dumas delivers a great story about Caesere changing out of his Cardinal robes into the black of a nighttime assassin and marauder We also get a truly incredible story of a prison break out as well as the poisonings that are synonymous with the Borgia family.Two little anecdotes for the curious Dumas gives us the recipe for making the famous Borgia murder weapon A strong dose of arsenic was administered to a boar as soon as the poison began to take effect, he was hung up by his heels convulsions supervened, and a froth deadly and abundant ran out from his jaws it was this froth, collected into a silver vessel and transferred into a bottle hermetically sealed, that made the liquid poison.And, once, when Caesare accidentally dosed himself, he prepared a strange homemade remedy every day a bull was brought in, turned over on his back and tied by his four legs to the four posts then, when he was thus fixed, a cut was made in his belly a foot and a half long, through which the intestines were drawn out then Caesar slipped into this living bath of blood when the bull was dead, Caesar was taken out and rolled up in burning hot blankets, where, after copious perspirations, he almost always felt some sort of relief.Still, in the end, we don t enough of these peculiar facts or enough action and suspense to recommend it to anyone other than those already interested in the subject [ READ EBOOK ] ⚆ The Borgias Celebrated Crimes ⚖ pubOnefo thank you for your continued support and wish to present you this new edition Dumas s Celebrated Crimes was not written for children The novelist has spared no language has minced no words to describe the violent scenes of a violent time Read the Art Poetry Publishing edition and probably would ve given this three stars except for the annoying interchangeability of the letter o with the letter a as well as the confusing and nonsensical usage of commas throughout the text Read the Art Poetry Publishing edition and probably would ve given this three stars except for the annoying interchangeability of the letter o with the letter a as well as the confusing and nonsensical usage of commas throughout the text dry, rubbishy, and not focused on anything actually interesting in the history however, it is Very Funny that he wanted cesare s older brother to be good for narrative contrast but found juan borgia so famously inept and bad that he had to throw out the whole brother and make up a new one. Holy cow The Borgias are THE Renaissance Soap Opera The problem for me with the book was its writing style I ve read Alexandre Dumas fiction, and I liked his writing style there For me, this book read as fact upon fact And while you got to understand the situations mostly, anyway , I didn t grow to care for any of the characters Nor did this book go particularly deep.But the fact with a fact book is that I want to know where the facts come from How else will you be able to judge how reliable the book is And though Dumas cites some biograp The problem for me with the book was its writing style I ve read Alexandre Dumas fiction, and I liked his writing style there For me, this book read as fact upon fact And while you got to understand the situations mostly, anyway , I didn t grow to care for any of the characters Nor did this book go particularly deep.But the fact with a fact book is that I want to know where the facts come from How else will you be able to judge how reliable the book is And though Dumas cites some biographers, it didn t fully convince me This was my second book on the Borgias, and those two books combined with the television series all told me very different things How do you know what to believe about these Borgias I was reading this book in the hope it would be a nice if fictional account of how the Borgias are rumoured to have been like I didn t find that in the book and was consequently disappointed.Not a book I would recommend to someone In the last of the while reading comments, I said that I would not be reading anyof this now I have read the entire book previously This was reading of a familiar work on a new different e reader and I enjoyed it I haven t added e books until recently but now that is becoming a larger issue so it was time Not planning on differentiating between different platforms other than just having accessed the book virtually.The stories of the Borgia clan are timeless Whether this work, Machi In the last of the while reading comments, I said that I would not be reading anyof this now I have read the entire book previously This was reading of a familiar work on a new different e reader and I enjoyed it I haven t added e books until recently but now that is becoming a larger issue so it was time Not planning on differentiating between different platforms other than just having accessed the book virtually.The stories of the Borgia clan are timeless Whether this work, Machiavellian intrigues see The Prince disguised as political philosophy, ormodern history this family still echoes through literature and history Dumas is as good a starting point as any Note new e reader is a Nexus 7 tablet previous experience with Kindle and Nook