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The Most Infamous Family in History? —The Borgias Sarah Dunant Tuesday 10 April 2018

At  the Public Hall, West Street, Liskeard, PL14 6BW. Meet at 7pm for for coffee/tea/wine and conversation. The talk starts at 7.30pm and ends around 9pm.                                          

Hugely popular historical novelist Sarah Dunant assesses whether the Borgias really deserved their gory reputation for murder, poison, incest and decadence: all perfect ingredients for sensational popular culture. But in an age known for its brutality and church corruption, were the Borgias really so bad?

This sumptuously illustrated talk reveals the real story of the family that dominated the Papacy and Italian politics during the last decade of the 15th century: the wily, charismatic womaniser, Pope Alexander  (pictured), his sociopathic son, Cesare, cardinal, military general and the model for  “The Prince” by Machiavelli - himself a character in their story - and Alexander's adored daughter Lucrezia, who moves from “the greatest whore in Rome” to a devout and treasured duchess of the city of Ferrara. Sometimes truth is more intoxicating than myth.

Sarah Dunant is a historian, broadcaster and novelist who has written several works on the Italian renaissance, and a two-part novel on the Borgia family:

Blood and Beauty: published 2013

In the Name of the Family: published March 2017