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  1. Caroline Caroline says:

    The history fanatic in me looks at The Borgia Bride and thinks, Oh, God, people are actually being led to believe that this is historical fact The reader isthan happy to join in with a Oh, and the rest of it s bad, too Like Philippa Gregory before her, Jeanne Kalogridis has the potential to write something interesting The prose is nothing spectacular it suffers from many historical fiction woes, such as trite dialogue and flowery, borderline ridiculous descriptions but it could do The history fanatic in me looks at The Borgia Bride and thinks, Oh, God, people are actually being led to believe that this is historical fact The reader isthan happy to join in with a Oh, and the rest of it s bad, too Like Philippa Gregory before her, Jeanne Kalogridis has the potential to write something interesting The prose is nothing spectacular it suffers from many historical fiction woes, such as trite dialogue and flowery, borderline ridiculous descriptions but it could do If she knew at all what she was writing about or how to write it, Kalogridis work would probably be enjoyable However, what is either an inability to interpret history, or, in the Gregory manner, a complete disrespect for it paired with awful characterization completely ruins what might have been a fun, frothy read.I get it this isn t a textbook, she has a right to artistic license, and so forth I understand the need to fill in holes where history is either unknown or a little to dry Who wants to read about every single one of Lucrezia s many pregnancies when we could gloss over a couple through time jumps or omission We don t need to count and flesh out all of Cesare s mistresses, because, well, that would be a big task That said these are real people To slander their names without even an explanation in an author s note, something along the lines of, I took license with this and this and this is disrespectful to the dead Yes, these people did live and die centuries ago but they lived and died Writers should not have to be historians What they do need to think about is some respect Particularly within cases where people like the Tudors and certainly the Borgias do not need further fiction scandal to make their already amazing storiesinteresting Kalogridis takes genuinely remarkable figures and turns them into caricatures And because she does not even bother to elaborate upon that, she leads her readers to believe that at least some of this is rooted in fact.Our protagonist is Sancia of Aragon, wife to Joffre, the youngest of Pope Alexander s children with mistress Vannozza de Cattanei Sancia, an incredibly sexually confident woman in real life who had very consensual affairs with both of Joffre s brothers, Cesare and Juan Giovanni he s mentioned by either name, but I m referring to him as Juan for this review is reduced to a shrinking violet victim Why should I root for Sancia when she disgusts me, unable to take any initiative and constantly used by the men in her life Yes, you may argue that all women were used at that point in time Lucrezia Borgia was a pawn however, she used her influence over the men in her life to gain power, and so Sancia is simply irritating She doesn t even try She s not a participant, a villainous protagonist that would have been interesting and multi dimensional She s a bystander, wringing her hands and gasping at the hideous Borgias exploits That is, when she s not swooning over Cesare her ability to both despise and love him isn t conflicted it s childish Why not have her embrace one or the other I would guess that it s because Kalogridis doe not know how to sell a truly dark protagonist Of course, Sancia suffers from other typical historical fiction heroine problems Note that she is pointed out, in her own voice, to be prettier than legendary beauty Lucrezia note that she manages to make even the most terrible Cesare fall in love with her, not to mention Rodrigo s completely fictionalized attraction and Juan s obsession It s so boring.Now, as for the Borgia clan themselves Their complete lack of dimension they are either villains or victims, without a shred of gray makes them appalling as either antagonists or protagonists Rodrigo, a pope with cunning and known love for his family, is reduced to being a molester and rapist Kalogridis, unsurprisingly, gives way to the fabricated rumors that he had a sexual relationship with his daughter, Lucrezia Which was one of the greatest lies of history, with no basis At this point in the book, I was not at all shocked.Juan and Sancia s affair is treated as some sort of rape scene, to avoid casting our heroine as a slut But I don t care about that as much as I care about deciding whose character is assassinatedLucrezia or Cesare Borgia s Their relationship, which was one of non physical, unintentional and unconditional love in real life beautiful rather than incestuous is depicted here as another rape Why We can t rehabilitate terrible Lucrezia Borgia without completely ignoring the darker aspects of her life, can we Lucrezia didn t sleep with her brother she did have a closer relationship with him than what can be called normal, and rather than dealing with what is an amazingly complex relationship, Kalgridis washes it over as some one sided posession A sort of thing that is, of course, nothing next to Cesare s love for Sancia His strong sister, the one person who had any real influence over his life, is transformed into a quivering, submissive thing who would have disgusted the real Cesare and all of her contemporaries.Cesare, by the way, was not a good man Unlike his sister, he was not, for the most part, betrayed by history books Kalogridis still manages to ruin his character He s a lovestruck teenager one second, a monster the next But he never forgets to love Sancia, right Gone is the man who inspired Machiavelli s The Prince One must wonder how Cesare managed to get this far if all he talks about is loving Sancia or being rebellious or making his sister his queen By the way, if I read onepassage about his smirks or how darkly charming he is, I will throw up The reality This is a man who is willing to kill his brother with no remorse He will also drop everything, riding without stop for days to console his sister after the loss of her baby, rub her feet, and tell jokes to get her mind off of the doctors visits He is someone capable of extreme love and extreme hate, so why doesn t Kalogridis leap at the opportunity to tackle that As is the norm with Borgia fiction, The Borgia Bride is a case of wasted opportunity And it was a waste of my time


  2. Dorie - Cats&Books :) Dorie - Cats&Books :) says:

    Vivacious Sancha of Aragon arrived in Rome newly wed to a member of the notorious Borgia dynasty She finds herself involved with a family that is deceitful, immoral and scandalously corrupt She falls in and out of love with Cesare, the eldest son.So many events take place that are well detailed telling a story of conspiracy, sexual intrigue and loyalty It is definitely a page turner and the writing enthralling.I was particularly interested in this book since I had watched the HBO series, The Vivacious Sancha of Aragon arrived in Rome newly wed to a member of the notorious Borgia dynasty She finds herself involved with a family that is deceitful, immoral and scandalously corrupt She falls in and out of love with Cesare, the eldest son.So many events take place that are well detailed telling a story of conspiracy, sexual intrigue and loyalty It is definitely a page turner and the writing enthralling.I was particularly interested in this book since I had watched the HBO series, The Borgias, this book continues on where the series left off.I recommend this book to historical fiction lovers


  3. Stuti T Stuti T says:

    DNF ed at 55% Warning, there s a huge history rant in this review, but I m so not apologising.Historical fiction has a lot of emphasis on fiction, and no book shows thisaptly than the trainwreck that is The Borgia Bride Let me tell you the stark difference between this and other historical fiction that I ve read it s worse Not only are the characters unlikable and even mangled, but I m a tiny bit obsessed with the Borgias, which means I knew quite a bit about the setting and characters DNF ed at 55% Warning, there s a huge history rant in this review, but I m so not apologising.Historical fiction has a lot of emphasis on fiction, and no book shows thisaptly than the trainwreck that is The Borgia Bride Let me tell you the stark difference between this and other historical fiction that I ve read it s worse Not only are the characters unlikable and even mangled, but I m a tiny bit obsessed with the Borgias, which means I knew quite a bit about the setting and characters of this book unlike, say, the Phillippa Gregory I ve read, which was at least written better anyway.Onto the book The story follows Sancia Sancha of Aragon, illegitimate granddaughter of the King of Naples Sancia Sancha that time was actually an accident, ha has had a pretty fifty fifty childhood, with a cruel, cold hearted father but a caring, kind mother and a brother she loves like white breadthan anything else in the world Her father, Duke of Calabria, is pretty much on a mission to punish Sancha for existing, so at the time when she s the most happy, he ruins it all by betrothing her to a Borgia Rodrigo Borgia has just become Pope Alexander VI, and the Duke is eager to establish strong ties with the church What better way to do it than marry Sancha off, get her out of his hair, and deny her everything she loves The Borgia Bride goes on as Sancha witnesses the turmoil in Naples, and is then thrown into the elaborate web of crime and deceit that the Borgias have spun around Rome.And here s everything I didn t like.The plot starts off agonisingly slow The blurb is really revealing, and cuts to about 20% into the story already No, Sancha, I don t want to know everything about your childhood Where are the Borgias Give me the Borgias That whole 20% ought to have been shortened in some way, because most of the tale before she s engaged to view spoiler Jofre hide spoiler Borgia is backstory and it doesn t work to dump it on the reader.Sancha s proud, even as a little girl, and her curiosity tends to get the better of her she s also disobedient and generally unruly, much to the consternation of her brother Alfonso and the fury of her father She grows to be a proud if arrogant and sexually confident young woman Which is all great So what s my problem with Sancha, you ask The author tries so hard to get us to like her Everything I know about Sancha is telling, not showing I m weighted down with information about her childhood and personality instead of being shown her behaviour Sancha s clearly an attempt at a strong heroine, but she s littlethan a cardboard cut out at the best of times, and a petty jealous little girl at worst Not only is the style of narration infused with purple prose, but it somehow manages to come off so cold with regards to Sancha I don t give one whit about her, despite the fact that it s in first person She and Paige Mahoney should totally have a chat sometime.Honestly speaking, though, that s not the biggest problem I had with this book What I absolutely hated was the author s portrayal of the Borgia family chiefly Rodrigo, Lucrezia, and Cesare I might ve even had a problem with Juan if I hadn t been basically skimming at that point The Borgias are absolutely fascinating They reached the pinnacle of glory and left rumours of foul play behind them They ruled late 15th century Italy, and they weren t even Italian Now tell me that s not the epitome of badassery And yet, in The Borgia Bride, they are reduced to two dimensional tropes It gets a little spoilery from here.Rodrigo Borgia, Pope Alexander VI He s definitely not known for being the nicest guy in history or the most chaste Even as a cardinal hell, even as the Pope he was given to womanising, and his parties were supposed to be notoriously inappropriate In all senses of the word He had two mistresses as Pope that we know of by name He had children It was said that he bought his way to the position of Pope, and that he had unnatural relations with his daughter Lucrezia Guess what That was propagated by his enemies It s rumours Let s not call it fact, dammitButon that later Now that you ve heard the scandaloushe was called the most outstanding pope by two of his successors He was an excellent diplomat, tactician, and administrator, and no less a pontiff than any of his predecessors Do we get that here Nope As far as The Borgia Bride is concerned, view spoiler he s a cheap, sleazy pervert who lusts after Sancha hide spoiler That s it, that s all the depth he had The only truth about him that I felt was accurately portrayed was his love for his children, and even that was telling instead of showing.Lucrezia Borgia I wanted to tear my hair out at this Lucrezia s murderess monster femme fatale reputation is based mostly on rumour, but even that s better than how she was in this book She goes from a compassionate, warm hearted young girl to a helpless, pretty much useless one She had literally no character She s petty, she s prone to jealousy are we missing out the fact that Rome loved her She was like a princess Not to mention the fact that view spoiler her beauty is totally undermined to make Sancha look better hide spoiler Cesare Borgia I will be the first to admit I m fond of Cesare, but I ll also be the first to admit he was a sociopath because he was He was so widely known for his ruthless tactics and cruelty that he s mentioned in Machiavelli s The Prince for them He s a killer, plain and simple, and no amount of womanising or familial love makes him a romantic Yeahnope According to this book, he s pretty much the classic Renaissance lover what Excuse me I wanted Cesare the sociopath I wanted the truthHe s obsessed with his sister, to the point of threatening killing her lovers husbands Can you tell me that s totally normal behaviour If that wasn t bad enoughI skipped ahead to the afterword to read what the author had to say regarding her dire mistakes and there I discovered this book is not only an insult to intriguing historical figures, it s an insult to anyone who considers themselves remotely interested in history The author says that some of the plot was made up cough but goes on to list what actually happened and then names a whole bunch of events that are rumours The kind of stuff that will be prefaced with supposedly and allegedly wherever else you read them view spoiler For example, the incestuous relations between Lucrezia and Rodrigo, and those between Lucrezia and Cesare That is literally, actually enemy propaganda Then Juan and his murder at the hands of Cesare again, a rumour hide spoiler What If you re going to write historical fiction, thendon t pass it off as facts


  4. Jennifer Jennifer says:

    I ve been debating whether I should give this book 3 or 4 stars and I ve decided on 4 because I really can t think of anything that I didn t enjoy about it I loved the writing style and the characters, or in the case of many in this novel, loved to hate them This is my first time reading about the Borgias and I can t wait to get my hands onabout them I thought the Tudors were corrupt What really amazed me was the afterward in this novel claiming that most of what was written actually h I ve been debating whether I should give this book 3 or 4 stars and I ve decided on 4 because I really can t think of anything that I didn t enjoy about it I loved the writing style and the characters, or in the case of many in this novel, loved to hate them This is my first time reading about the Borgias and I can t wait to get my hands onabout them I thought the Tudors were corrupt What really amazed me was the afterward in this novel claiming that most of what was written actually happened I ve only done a small amount of research outside of this novel so I m not sure if this is the case or not but from what I can see, it seems to be true This is a novel full of murder, betrayal, incest, rape, secrets, lies and corruption surrounding not only a royal family but, at the head of it all, sits a Pope, as well A must read for my HF loving friends


  5. Kristin Kristin says:

    One of my hobbies as a history student throughout high school and college was learning the sordid details of the corrupt ruling families of Europe The Borgias of Italy were the epitome of fucked up, and I nearly peed myself when I saw the title of this novel at the bookstore I enjoy historical fiction novels not only for the characters in them, but also because they re delightfully smutty and twisted Kalogridis did not let me down with this book at all There s graphic sex, murder, and incest One of my hobbies as a history student throughout high school and college was learning the sordid details of the corrupt ruling families of Europe The Borgias of Italy were the epitome of fucked up, and I nearly peed myself when I saw the title of this novel at the bookstore I enjoy historical fiction novels not only for the characters in them, but also because they re delightfully smutty and twisted Kalogridis did not let me down with this book at all There s graphic sex, murder, and incest all three elements of a successful historical fiction novel


  6. Stacie (MagicOfBooks) Stacie (MagicOfBooks) says:

    I will also do a video review here at my channel The Borgia Bride by Jeanne Kalogridis, Sancha of Aragon arrives in Rome newly married to a member of the notorious Borgia family Sancha earns the respect of the beautiful, but deceitful, Lucrezia Borgia, and also finds herself falling in love with the ambitious Cesare Borgia Sancha is quickly wrapped in a web of betrayal and politics, and she has to use her own cunning to outwit the Borgias at their own g I will also do a video review here at my channel The Borgia Bride by Jeanne Kalogridis, Sancha of Aragon arrives in Rome newly married to a member of the notorious Borgia family Sancha earns the respect of the beautiful, but deceitful, Lucrezia Borgia, and also finds herself falling in love with the ambitious Cesare Borgia Sancha is quickly wrapped in a web of betrayal and politics, and she has to use her own cunning to outwit the Borgias at their own game.My first book by Jeanne Kalogridis was The Scarlet Contessa focusing on Caterina Sforza which takes place during the exact same time as The Borgia Bride I remember loving The Scarlet Contessa immensely, and have been eager to pick up another book by Kalogridis Though I did enjoy The Borgia Bride, I don t think it was as good as Scarlet Contessa Borgia Bride verged into a bit of melodrama on occasion and I never quite believed how quickly Sancha fell in love with Cesare Borgia Seriously, it s love at first sight Sancha sees Cesare on one page, thinks him handsome, and then literally maybe a chapter later they are in bed Their relationship just never felt natural to me, and it might just be the problem of Kalogridis really needing to hook them up immediately because of the sheer amount of other plotlines that needed to happen from beginning to end The Borgias are notorious for many crimes, many rumors, so the narrative had to be going full speed ahead, including the characters and their relationships with one another But other than the few problems I had with this novel, I pretty much loved it Borgia historical fiction tends to focus on the Borgias themselves, so it was nice to get a point of view from Sancha who is often just listed as Jofre Borgias wife I loved Sancha as a character We get to see her as a little girl who was the daughter of the King of Naples We see her relationship with her family, especially her brother, who eventually becomes the tragic husband of Lucrezia Borgia And Sancha has an amazing arc from start to finish, because though she loses hope and she feels doomed even being in Rome, she never loses that tenacity to take charge of her own fate and to make the hard decisions when others will not Definitely a heroine to admire.Overall, really enjoyed this book, glad to see Sancha of Aragon given some literary love And like with The Scarlet Contessa, Kalogridis really has a sense of Renaissance Italy and the political turmoil of the time As Philippa Gregory is to the Tudors, Jeanne Kalogridis is to the Borgias, if I had to compare her to another author Definitely recommend this book for fans of the Borgia family, especially if you are into the rumors of incest, poison, and sinister political maneuvering


  7. Carol She& Carol She& says:

    Incest Poison Betrayal Three wedding presents for the Borgia Bride Ok, not exactly light hearted reading for a New Zealand beach holiday But I was drawn to the very attractive cover anyway I did enjoy the start where Sancha is portrayed as a boldly curious youngster Once Sancha is married to Joffre embarks on her affair with Cesare, Kalogridis decides to make Sancha a handwringing hypocrite I found the book less appealing I didn t much like Dunant s Blood Beauty, but I think DunaIncest Poison Betrayal Three wedding presents for the Borgia Bride Ok, not exactly light hearted reading for a New Zealand beach holiday But I was drawn to the very attractive cover anyway I did enjoy the start where Sancha is portrayed as a boldly curious youngster Once Sancha is married to Joffre embarks on her affair with Cesare, Kalogridis decides to make Sancha a handwringing hypocrite I found the book less appealing I didn t much like Dunant s Blood Beauty, but I think Dunants portrayal of Sancha or Sancia as shallow promiscuous is likely to be closer to the truth.Kalogridis used some words that were strange to me, but other than intuit I have found them all in online dictionaries.So, all in all a slick read good fo rthe holidays But from the Philippa Gregory school of historical fiction where they don t let facts get in the way of a good story.Edit I knew there was another thing that bugged me Kalogridis includes an Aragon family tree at the start This shows Sancha s Uncle Fransesco as having died in 1484, when Sancha was eight But he was still playing a minor part in this novel when Sancha was in her teens Very sloppy


  8. Vanessa Vanessa says:

    If you want to know why this book is so wrong by so many aspects, read this and this reviews and do yourself a favour never pick up this book.If you want to knowabout The Borgias, read Sarah Bradford s biographies on Lucrezia and Cesare or, if you want to pick up an historical fiction, read the exquisite Blood Beauty The Borgias by Sarah Dunant, which is well researched and, even with its creative license, tries to stay true to the historical facts Unlike The Borgia Bride If you want to know why this book is so wrong by so many aspects, read this and this reviews and do yourself a favour never pick up this book.If you want to knowabout The Borgias, read Sarah Bradford s biographies on Lucrezia and Cesare or, if you want to pick up an historical fiction, read the exquisite Blood Beauty The Borgias by Sarah Dunant, which is well researched and, even with its creative license, tries to stay true to the historical facts Unlike The Borgia Bride


  9. Sarah Sarah says:

    This book got me so into the Italian Renaissance and its politics that after finishing, I started watching the new Medici series on Netflix and from that I went into the Borgias Let s just say, that watching that series after finishing this book was a real eye opener and fun watch LOL This book was my first introduction to the author, and it was a beautiful one The book draws you in with a lush setting and characters that never fall neatly into evil or good I loved every aspect of it.I don This book got me so into the Italian Renaissance and its politics that after finishing, I started watching the new Medici series on Netflix and from that I went into the Borgias Let s just say, that watching that series after finishing this book was a real eye opener and fun watch LOL This book was my first introduction to the author, and it was a beautiful one The book draws you in with a lush setting and characters that never fall neatly into evil or good I loved every aspect of it.I don t read many works from the Italian Renaissance era I think I need to rectify that ASAP after reading this one I felt like I experienced every moment with the characters From the sun dappled shores of southern Italy to the hustle and bustle of massive Rome to the deadly intrigues of both, this book draws the reader into the past like a great historical fiction should The author pays attention to the little detail along with the grand historical events.I love Sacha She s such a strong character with a great capacity to love and hate in equal measure She ll go to incredible lengths to protect the ones she loves and revenge those betrayed I love that she s as capable of murder as she is comfort it s not often that we see one character with the capacity for both in equal measure Her quick intelligence, bright political acumen, and survival instinct round out her brilliant personality.All the other characters that round out this gang of misfits also shine bright Cesare is one of those characters that you love to hate He s just as likely to stab you in the back as he is to be devoted to you In the end, he s only looking out for numero uno All the other background characters are as three dimensional as Cesare and Sancha, giving us a cast of strong personalities to carry off this intrigue filled story.While this is my first foray into the author s works, it won t be my last She has won me over with her lush historical setting and phenomenal characters She knows how to tell a suspenseful story while giving character development as strong a footing I would highly recommend this book to any lover of historical fiction, especially lovers of the Italian Renaissance It got meinterested into the source material, and I can t find any better complement to a historical fiction than that


  10. obsessedwithbooks obsessedwithbooks says:

    The story of The Borgia Bride by Jeanne Kalogridis is packed with historical facts but does not become bogged down in the breadth of details, the story flowing naturally from season to season through the life of Sancha of Aragon The young Sancha has a rebellious nature and is in a battle of wills with her father Alfonso II of Naples, although she completely loyal to her brother Alfonso Retaliating against Sancha for her behaviour, her father contracts a marriage for her to the Borgia family of The story of The Borgia Bride by Jeanne Kalogridis is packed with historical facts but does not become bogged down in the breadth of details, the story flowing naturally from season to season through the life of Sancha of Aragon The young Sancha has a rebellious nature and is in a battle of wills with her father Alfonso II of Naples, although she completely loyal to her brother Alfonso Retaliating against Sancha for her behaviour, her father contracts a marriage for her to the Borgia family of Rome, and in Sancha s mind, the worst possible thing that could happen being separated from her kind and loving brother She becomes embroiled in the Borgia family s struggle to gainpower and suppress their enemies through corruption, betrayal, poison and war Sancha struggle s against the evil in the Borgia family and is eventually faced with the ultimate choice whether to murder There are some crude parts, rape, incest, in the story but I thought the author treated them as well as these subjects could have been, as they were based on historical facts If you are a fan of Phillipa Gregory you are sure to be a fan of Jeanne Kalogridis Seeof my reviews at


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