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Publisher's Summary

The author of Blood and Beauty returns with another captivating novel about Renaissance Italy and one of history's most notorious families. Before the Corleones, before the Lannisters, there were the Borgias.

Best-selling novelist Sarah Dunant has long been drawn to the high drama of Renaissance Italy: power, passion, beauty, brutality, and the ties of blood. With In the Name of the Family, she offers a thrilling exploration of the House of Borgia's final years, in the company of a young diplomat named Niccolò Machiavelli.

It is 1502, and Rodrigo Borgia, a self-confessed womanizer and master of political corruption, is now on the papal throne as Alexander VI. His daughter Lucrezia, age 22 - already three times married and a pawn in her father's plans - is discovering her own power. And then there is his son Cesare Borgia, brilliant, ruthless, and increasingly unstable; it is his relationship with Machiavelli that gives the Florentine diplomat a master class in the dark arts of power and politics. What Machiavelli learns will go on to inform his great work of modern politics, The Prince. But while the pope rails against old age and his son's increasingly erratic behavior, it is Lucrezia who must navigate the treacherous court of Urbino, her new home, and another challenging marriage to create her own place in history.

Sarah Dunant again employs her remarkable gifts as a storyteller to bring to life the passionate men and women of the Borgia family as well as the ever-compelling figure of Machiavelli, through whom the listener will experience one of the most fascinating - and doomed - dynasties of all time.

©2017 Sarah Dunant (P)2017 Random House Audio

Critic Reviews

"Hedonism, lust, political intrigue.... With so much drama, readers won't want the era of Borgia rule to end." ( People)
"Dunant transforms the blackhearted Borgias and the conniving courtiers and cardinals of Renaissance Europe into fully rounded characters, brimming with life and lust." ( The New York Times Book Review)
"Compelling female players have been a characteristic of Dunant's earlier novels, and this new offering is no exception.... The members of this close-knit family emerge as dynamic characters, flawed but sympathetic, filled with fear and longing." ( The Seattle Times)

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One of the best historical fiction novels

I love the mix of documented facts and details of the period. The book is both educational and entertaining. The narrator's voice is wonderful to listen to!

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What A Well Told Story!

Sarah does a wonderful job telling this story. She captures Lucrezia Borgia especially well.

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Wow!! Blown away by this one...

Incredibly well-written historical fiction. I’ve read and watched so much about the Borgias that I was a bit tired of the subject. I’m so thankful to those who wrote reviews of this book! It’s truly exceptional story telling! I will definitely listen to the rest of Sarah Durant’s books.
The narrator is excellent, though at first his character accents put me off. After 30 mins, I was loving it. It will grow on you.

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Amazing lack of truth. False narrative, time line is okay, narrator is good. Fairy tale other wise.

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For Fans of the Borgias

Another deep dive into the Italian Renaissance for Sarah Dunant though it reads more like history than the wonderfully imaginative worlds of the author's original Renaissance novels.

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Nicholas Boulton rocks!

Love this well-researched depiction of the Borgi family. Wish the scope were larger but this story is very dramatic. The narrator Boulton is masterful in portrayal of the characters.

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Interesting but a little slow

Interesting information but some of the book was ponderous and other descriptions of deaths a bit graphic.

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Loved this book!

Like the author, I love history! This book is filled with historical information, plots and intrigue. The narrator is great. I thoroughly enjoyed this book.

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Fascinating history & characters

Well-written and engaging. Characters and setting well-developed. Memorable way to get a view into history.

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Wonderful narration and good story.

This is another side of the Borgias. I loved the narration by Nicholas Boulton and he really brought the story to life. There were some modern terms I heard in the story, and at times it flipped around a bit too much, putting us in so many characters heads. But it was well written, entertaining, and ended well. I thought the author might go into Juan's role a bit more but they really only spoke of his death. I would recommend this to anyone who is interested in the Borgias and papal history.