Lucretia Borgia - The Original Classic Edition
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Finally available, a high quality book of the original classic edition of Lucretia Borgia.
This is a new and freshly published edition of this culturally important work by Ferdinand Gregorovius, which is now, at last, again available to you.
Enjoy this classic work today. These selected paragraphs distill the contents and give you a quick look inside Lucretia Borgia:
These families long ago vanished from the stage of Roman history, but the day came, illustrious Duke, when you were to make a place again for your ancient race in the history of the Imperial City; the day when-the temporal power of the popes having passed away, a power which had endured a thousand years-you carried to King Victor Emmanuel in Florence the declaration of allegiance of the Roman populace.
...Monks, however, now are no longer able to compel the world to accept their fables as history, and Olliviers absurd romance was renounced even by the strongest organs of the Church; first by Matagne, in the Revue des questions historiques, Paris, April, 1871, and January, 1872, and subsequently by the Civiltà Cattolica, the organ of the Jesuits, in an article dated March 15, 1873, whose author made no effort to defend Alexanders character, simply because, in the light of absolutely authentic historical documents, it was no longer possible to save it.
...My researches in the archives of Italy had placed me in possession of a large amount of original information concerning the Borgias, and as it was impossible for me to avail myself of this mass of valuable details in that work, I decided to use it for a monograph to be devoted either to Cæsar Borgia or to his sister, as protagonist.
...From the old kings of Aragon they claimed descent, but so little is known of their origin that their history begins with the real founder of the house, Alfonso Borgia, whose fathers name is stated by some to have been Juan, and by others Domenico; while the family name of his mother, Francesca, is not even known.
...It is uncertain at just what time she allied herself with this man, but she was living with him as his wife in 1480 in a house on the Piazzo Pizzo di Merlo, which is now called Sforza-Cesarini, near which was Cardinal Borgias palace.
- Emereo Publishing, October 2012
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