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In the bear pit of renaissance politics, a young Florentine diplomat finds himself first hand observer on the history's most notorious family - the Borgias.
In the Name of the Family - as Blood and Beauty did before - holds up a mirror to a turbulent moment of history, sweeping aside the myths to bring alive the real Borgia family; complicated, brutal, passionate and glorious. Here is a thrilling exploration of the House of Borgia's doomed years, in the company of a young diplomat named Niccolo Machiavelli.
It is 1502 and Rodrigo Borgia, a self-confessed womaniser and master of political corruption is now on the Papal throne as Alexander VI. His daughter Lucrezia, aged twenty-two, already thrice married and a pawn in her father's plans, is discovering her own power. And then there is Cesare Borgia: brilliant, ruthless and increasingly unstable; it is his relationship with the diplomat Machiavelli which offers a master class on the dark arts of power and politics. What Machiavelli learns will go on to inform his great work of modern politics, The Prince.
But while the pope rails against old age and his son's increasing maverick behavior it is Lucrezia who will become the Borgia survivor: taking on her enemies and creating her own place in history.
Conjuring up the past in all its complexity, horror and pleasures, In The Name of the Family confirms Sarah Dunant's place as the leading novelist of the Renaissance and one of the most acclaimed historical fiction writers of our age.
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March 14, 2017
This turned out to be the right book at the right time for me . I was craving a little historical fiction as well as a reprieve from the hangover I had from some grief filled books that I recently read. This gave me both. I give it 3.5 stars, and I can't round up to 4 stars because at times it fe...
March 14, 2017
Renaissance, Italy and the Borgias never fail to attract my notice. Such conflicted times, the church all powerful, the Borgias at the height of their powers. A corrupt Pope, his acknowledged children, the power they wield and of course Lucrezia. Tales of poison, excess, positioning of strengths,...
March 01, 2017
I have loved or at least really liked the Sarah Dunant books I've read in the past. So, I was thrilled to get an ARC of this novel concerning the Borgias. I did not read Blood and Beauty, which is the predecessor to this book, detailing the early years of Pope Alexander VI’s reign. This novel det...
February 06, 2017
When I like Sarah Dunant's books I LOVE them. I got an ARC of The Birth of Venus thirteen years ago, and I stayed up all night to finish reading it. I savored every bit of Sacred Hearts, and it became one of the books I forced people to buy when I worked in the bookstore because I thought everyon...
March 05, 2017
For my full review: http://girlwithherheadinabook.co.uk/2...
Having moved directly from Blood and Beauty to In The Name Of The Family, this is not so long-awaited a sequel as it will have been for many other readers. I have to admit though that given the emotional high note that Blood and Beauty c...
March 02, 2017
This is the second in Sarah Dunant’s series of book about the Borgias but it works well as a standalone novel. However, on the strength of this, I will definitely be adding the earlier one to my TBR pile.
Sarah Dunant injects colour and life into a cast of real life characters who were already pre...
March 18, 2017
I knew little about the Borgia family of the early 1500's going into this book, and I have not read Blood and Beauty...but this books seems to stand alone, and it's a whopper. I am always intrigued and appalled at the cruelty, lust for power - and plain lust - and moral depravity of these times....
March 05, 2017
A longer review is available on my blog:
The characters in this book are based on true characters and Dunant attempts to keep as much as possible to the true legends of these historical people. They are deliciously evil and I read with as much glee as horror...
February 07, 2017
I stopped on page 77. Too pedestrian for me. I have put this aside for now.
April 28, 2017
It's April and this is firmly, absolutely, on my 'Books of the Year' list - no doubt about it at all.
Dunant's been a 3-starrer for me until her Blood and Beauty and this sequel. She's adept at getting beneath the skin of figures made bloated and almost cartoonish via the scandalous historical go...