The Borgias

By Alexandre Dumas père

Not anyone has ever precise history's such a lot ruthless rulers and tyrants with as a lot aptitude and keenness as French author Alexandre Dumas. This gripping exposition of the Borgias, the Italian extended family that earned notoriety as one of many world's such a lot power-hungry and corrupt households, is a pulse-pounding learn that enthusiasts of the genuine crime style will locate not easy to place down.

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The complete pontifical city, given up like a courtesan to orgies and debauchery, had by no means been extra the house of sedition, luxurious, and carnage, in accordance with the Cardinal of Viterba, now not even within the days of Nero and Heliogabalus. by no means had she fallen upon days extra evil; by no means had extra traitors performed her dishonour or sbirri stained her streets with blood. The variety of thieves was once so nice, and their audacity such, that nobody may with defense go the gates of town; quickly it used to be no longer even secure inside them. No apartment, no citadel, availed for defence. correct and justice not existed. cash, farce, excitement, governed best. nonetheless, the gold was once melting as in a furnace at those Fetes; and, by way of Heaven's simply punishment, Alexander and Caesar have been starting to covet the fortunes of these very males who had risen via their simony to their current elevation. the 1st try out at a brand new approach to coining funds was once attempted upon the Cardinal Cosenza. The get together used to be as follows. a definite dispensation have been granted your time earlier than to a nun who had taken the vows: she was once the single surviving inheritor to the throne of Portugal, and via the dispensation she have been wedded to the average son of the final king. This marriage was once extra prejudicial than can simply be alleged to the pursuits of Ferdinand and Isabella of Spain; in order that they despatched ambassadors to Alexander to resort a grievance opposed to a continuing of this nature, specially because it occurred on the very second whilst an alliance used to be to be shaped among the home of Aragon and the Holy See. Alexander understood the criticism, and resolved that every one can be set correct. So he denied all wisdom of the papal short although he had as a truth acquired 60,000 ducats for signing it—and accused the Archbishop of Cosenza, secretary for apostolic briefs, of getting granted a fake dispensation. as a result of this accusation, the archbishop was once taken to the fortress of Sant' Angelo, and a swimsuit was once began. yet because it used to be no effortless job to turn out an accusation of this nature, in particular if the archbishop may still persist in conserving that the dispensation was once relatively granted through the pope, it used to be resolved to hire a trick with him that could no longer fail to be successful. One night the Archbishop of Cosenza observed Cardinal Valentino come into his criminal; with that frank air of affability which he knew good how you can imagine while it may possibly serve his goal, he defined to the prisoner the embarrassing state of affairs during which the pope was once positioned, from which the archbishop on my own, whom His Holiness regarded upon as his ally, may well store him. The archbishop responded that he was once totally on the provider of His Holiness. Caesar, on his front, stumbled on the captive seated, leaning his elbows on a desk, and he took a seat contrary him and defined the pope's place: it was once an embarrassing one. on the very time of contracting so vital an alliance with the home of Aragon as that of Lucrezia and Alfonso, His Holiness couldn't avow to Ferdinand and Isabella that, for the sake of some depressing ducats, he had signed a dispensation which might unite within the husband and spouse jointly all of the valid claims to a throne to which Ferdinand and Isabella had no correct in any respect yet that of conquest.

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