By Jean Plaidy
The main appealing girl in Rome, Lucrezia Borgia, used to be born right into a family—and a destiny—she couldn't desire to flee . . .Fifteenth-century Rome: The Borgia kinfolk is at the upward thrust. Lucrezia’s father, Pope Alexander VI, areas his illegitimate daughter and her merely brothers, Cesare, Giovanni, and Goffredo, within the jeweled splendor—and scandal—of his courtroom. From the Pope’s affairs with adolescent women to Cesare’s risky jealousy of a person who evokes Lucrezia’s affections to the ominous start of a kid conceived in mystery, no Borgia can elude infamy.Young Lucrezia progressively accepts her destiny as she involves phrases with the fragile nature of her relationships along with her father and brothers. The unbreakable bond she stocks with them either exhilarates and terrifies her as her innocence starts off to vanish. quickly she's going to remember the fact that her family’s love pales subsequent to their quest for strength and that she herself is the best device of their political arsenal. From the inimitable pen of Jean Plaidy, this family’s epic legend is repletewith ardour, intrigue, and murder—and it’s in basic terms the start.
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The fighting died down; life returned to normal; and two years passed before there was another and this time a more important change for Lucrezia, a change which marked the beginning of the end of childhood. She was nearly six, a precocious six. Cesare was eleven and Giovanni ten; she had been so much their companion that she had learned more than most children know at six years of age. She was as serene as ever, perhaps a little more eager now to provoke that rivalry between her brothers than she had been, understanding more than ever what power it gave her, and that while each sought to be her favorite, she could be the most powerful person in the nursery.
Roderigo laughed, that deep-throated musical laugh which made most people who heard it love him. ” he said. ” Then he looked round at the women who had come closer, his eyes resting on them each in turn, caressingly, speculatively. “Disappointed because she is of the feminine sex? ” The women laughed and Vannozza laughed with them; but her sharp eyes had noticed the little maid who wore an expectant expression as Roderigo’s glance lingered upon her. She decided that, as soon as they returned to Rome, that child should be dismissed and, if Roderigo should look for her, he would look in vain.
The Pope, who you know is Sixtus IV, is dying. That is why they are excited down there; that is why Uncle Roderigo does not come to see us. He has much to do. ” “Uncle Roderigo is choosing; that is why he cannot come to see us,” she said. Cesare stood smiling at her. He felt important, all-wise; no one made him feel so wise or important as his little sister; that was why he loved her so dearly. “I wish he could choose quickly and come to see us,” added Lucrezia. ” “No, little Lucrezia. Do not ask such a thing.
Madonna of the Seven Hills: A Novel of the Borgias by Jean Plaidy