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The Life of Cesare Borgia by Rafael Sabatini was published in 1912. Divided into four books, this history tells the story of the rise of the Borgia Family, from the birth of Alonso de Borja (December 30, 1378) to the life of Cesare Borgia, to the death of Lucrezia Borgia (1519) According to Wikipedia, "Cesare Borgia (13 September 1475 or April 1476 - 12 March 1507), Duke of Valentinois, was a Valencian condottiero, nobleman, politician, and cardinal. He was the son of Pope Alexander VI of Spain and his long-term mistress Vannozza dei Cattanei. He was the brother to Lucrezia Borgia, (Juan) Giovanni Borgia, Duke of Gandia and Gioffre Borgia (Jofré in Valencian), Prince of Squillace. He was half-brother to Don Pedro Luis de Borja (1460-1481) and Girolama de Borja, children of unknown mothers...Rafael Sabatini (April 29, 1875 - February 13, 1950) was an Italian/British writer of novels of and adventure. Rafael Sabatini was born in Jesi Italy, to an English mother and Italian father. His parents were singers who became teachers....he was the master of five languages. He quickly added a sixth language - English - to his linguistic collection. He consciously chose to write in his adopted language, because, he said, "all the best stories are written in English." After a brief stint in the business world, Sabatini went to work as a writer. He wrote short stories in the 1890s, and his first novel came out in 1902. It took Sabatini roughly a quarter of a century of hard work before he attained success with Scaramouche in 1921. The novel, a historical romantic set during the French Revolution, became an international best-seller. It was followed by the equally successful Captain Blood in 1922. All of his earlier books were rushed into reprints, the most popular of which was The Sea Hawk from 1915. Sabatini was a prolific writer; he produced a new book approximately every year, and maintained a great deal of popularity with the reading public through the decades that followed."

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