FICTION

The Borgia Confessions

Griffin: St. Martin’s. Feb. 2020. 432p. ISBN 9781250191205. pap. $16.99. F
COPY ISBN
Much has been written about the notorious Borgia family and the power they held over the Italian peninsula during the 15th and 16th centuries, but probably the most vilified member of the family was Rodrigo Borgia, who rose to claim the papal throne after the death of Pope Innocent in 1492, even though Borgia had a longtime mistress and numerous illegitimate children. Once he attained the throne of St. Peter, Borgia used his children as pawns to solidify his authority, arranging an advantageous marriage for his daughter and elevating his sons to high positions both in the church and in the military, making himself and his offspring immensely powerful and wealthy. Told from the point of view of Maddalena Moretti, a serving girl in the pope’s household and the mistress of Cesare, the oldest Borgia son and Archbishop of Valencia, this is a feast of deception, treachery, greed, and lust.
VERDICT Palombo’s (The Spellbook of Katrina Van Tassel) excellent tale of family infighting, jockeying for power, and exploiting the church to attain personal wealth and power will keep readers enthralled long into the night. Who needs sleep, anyway?

Be the first reader to comment.

Comment Policy:
  • Be respectful, and do not attack the author, people mentioned in the article, or other commenters. Take on the idea, not the messenger.
  • Don't use obscene, profane, or vulgar language.
  • Stay on point. Comments that stray from the topic at hand may be deleted.
  • Comments may be republished in print, online, or other forms of media.
  • If you see something objectionable, please let us know. Once a comment has been flagged, a staff member will investigate.


RELATED 

Community matters. Stay up to date on breaking news, trends, reviews, and more.

Get access to 8000+ annual reviews of books, ebooks, and more

As low as $13.50/month