The Borgias Two Novels in One Volume (Paperback)
|Author: Jean Plaidy|
From the Publisher:
For the first time in one volume, Jean Plaidy’s duet of Borgia novels brings to life the infamous, reckless, and passionate family in an unforgettable historical saga.
Madonna of the Seven Hills:
Fifteenth-century Rome: the Borgia family is on the rise. Lucrezia’s father is named Pope Alexander VI, and he places his daughter and her brothers Cesare, Giovanni, and Goffredo in the jeweled splendor—and scandal—of his court. From the Pope’s affairs with adolescent girls, to Cesare’s dangerous jealousy of anyone who inspires Lucrezia’s affections, to the ominous birth of a child conceived in secret, no Borgia can elude infamy.
Light on Lucrezia:
Some said she was an elegant seductress. Others swore she was an incestuous murderess. She was the most dangerous and sought after woman in all of Rome. Lucrezia Borgia’s young life has been colored by violence and betrayal. Now, married for the second time at just eighteen she hopes for happiness with her handsome husband Alfonso. But faced with brutal murder, she's soon torn between her love for her husband and her devotion to her brother Cesare… And in the days when the Borgias ruled Italy, no one was safe from the long arm of their power. Not even Lucrezia.
Eleanor Hibbert, who wrote under many pseudonyms (including Victoria Holt and Jean Plaidy), was one of the most prolific writers of the 20th century. Little is known about Hibbert's closely guarded personal life. She was born in London in the early 1900s, although the exact year is a mystery. Under the name Jean Plaidy, Hibbert published her first novel, "Beyond the Blue Mountains", in 1947. During the subsequent four decades, Hibbert wrote over 150 books, and earned a small fortune. She died on cruise ship on the Mediterranean Sea in 1993.