2013 Release: Blood & Beauty by Sarah Dunant

Lucky us, there are 3 exciting new releases on the Borgias next year! The Serpent and the Pearl by Kate Quinn (which I posted about the other day), The Borgias: The Hidden History by G.J. Meyer (non-fiction) and this release....

Bring on the Borgias!

Blood & Beauty
by Sarah Dunant

UK Release Date:  May 2, 2013
US Release Date:  July 16, 2013


Acclaimed novelist of the Italian Renaissance Sarah Dunant now takes on the era's most infamous family: the Borgias. 

By the end of the fifteenth century, the beauty and creativity of Italy is matched by its brutality and corruption, nowhere more than in Rome and in the Church. When Cardinal Rodrigo Borgia buys his way into the papacy as Alexander VI, he is defined not just by his wealth or his passionate love for his illegitimate children, but by his blood: he is a Spanish Pope in a city run by Italians. If the Borgias are to triumph, this charismatic, consummate politician with a huge appetite for life, women and power must use papacy and family to succeed. 

His eldest son Cesare, a dazzlingly cold intelligence and an even colder soul, is his greatest - though increasingly unstable - weapon. Later immortalised in Machiavelli's The Prince, he provides the energy and the muscle. His daughter Lucrezia, beloved by both men, is the prime dynastic tool. Twelve years old when the novel opens, hers is a journey through three marriages: from childish innocence to painful experience, from pawn to political player. 

Stripping away the myths around the Borgias, Blood & Beauty is a majestic novel that breathes life into this astonishing family and celebrates the raw power of history itself: compelling, complex and relentless.



  1. This looks wonderful. Looks like next year ill be reading a lot about the Borgias!


  2. This one sounds fabulous. I love the Borgias. They were so interesting and did some pretty awful things. Can't wait to read this as I love Sarah Dunant.


  3. I came to this author very recently only and loved the books I've read both on the Renaissance era as well as her mystery series. This is one I will be keeping an eye out for.

  4. Ooh, this sounds amazing. I was a little repulsed by the show, but I might try reading about them- they're so interesting!

    Thank you for posting this!

  5. The Borgias are a family I don't know much about but would really like to learn more :) Wonder if this book would be a good place to start? Sounds intriguing.

  6. It's been a while since we had a new book from Sarah Dunant. Looking forward to it!


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