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Blood & Beauty | [Sarah Dunant]

Blood & Beauty

Rodrigo Borgia picks up his papal skirts and walks out on to the public balcony.Sixty-one years old. How many years does he have in front of him? By his age, four of the five popes he had served were already rotting in their tombs. Sixty-one. Three sons, a ripening daughter and a sublime young mistress, ready to drop more fruit.Borgia blood. Thick with ambition and determination. How long does he need? Give him another ten - no, fifteen - summers and he will have the bull crest emblazoned over half of Italy.
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Rodrigo Borgia picks up his papal skirts and walks out on to the public balcony. Sixty-one years old. How many years does he have in front of him? By his age, four of the five popes he had served were already rotting in their tombs. Sixty-one. Three sons, a ripening daughter and a sublime young mistress, ready to drop more fruit.

Borgia blood. Thick with ambition and determination. How long does he need? Give him another ten - no, fifteen - summers and he will have the bull crest emblazoned over half of Italy. The crowd roars its greeting. But as Pope Alexander VI lifts his hands to offer the traditional blessing, silence falls. The clothes have become the man.

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©2013 Sarah Dunant (P)2013 Hachette Audio

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  • Patricia White
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    7/22/13
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    "Outstanding"

    The recent BBC Radio4 serialisation (Book at Bedtime) didn't do this book anywhere near the justice it deservies and I'm glad that it didn't put me off this unadbridged version, which is quite simply outstanding. Maybe even on a par with Wolf Hall? The narration is superb.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • D Mills
    Surrey, United Kingdom
    12/1/13
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    "Boring and dull"

    I didn't enjoy this. I found it boring and if I could have skipped pages on audio I would have. I couldn't wait for it to end. The writing brought none of the drama and intrigue of the Borgias to life for me, it was like reading a history book, completely distracted from the actual characters, I just don't get why people rave about this book.

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