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Rise and Fall of the Borgias

Narrated by: William Landon
Length: 4 hrs and 58 mins
Categories: History, European
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Our favorite moments from Rise and Fall of the Borgias

Lecture 1, Chapter 2 from Valencia to Rome the Borja Become the Borgia
  • Lecture 1, Chapter 2 from Valencia to Rome the Borja Become the Borgia
Rumors circulate about Cesare Borgia
Lecture 3, Chapter 4 Cardinal Borgia Becomes Pope Alexander VI
  • Lecture 3, Chapter 4 Cardinal Borgia Becomes Pope Alexander VI
"Rodrigo badly predicted how the new Pope would act"
Lecture 8, Chapter 9 Cesare Borgia and Niccolò Machiavelli
  • Lecture 8, Chapter 9 Cesare Borgia and Niccolò Machiavelli
Machiavelli praises Cesare Borgia

  • Lecture 1, Chapter 2 from Valencia to Rome the Borja Become the Borgia
  • Rumors circulate about Cesare Borgia
  • Lecture 3, Chapter 4 Cardinal Borgia Becomes Pope Alexander VI
  • "Rodrigo badly predicted how the new Pope would act"
  • Lecture 8, Chapter 9 Cesare Borgia and Niccolò Machiavelli
  • Machiavelli praises Cesare Borgia

About the Professor

Dr. William Landon is Professor of European History at Northern Kentucky University. He received his MSc and PhD in History, with an emphasis on the life and works of Niccolò Machiavelli, from the University of Edinburgh.

An international authority in the fields of Machiavelli studies, the Renaissance, and the history of ideas, Dr. Landon is also a 2017 recipient of a National Science Foundation Grant. He has published two books: Politics, Patriotism and Language: Niccolò Machiavelli’s "Secular Patria" and the Creation of an Italian National Identity; and Lorenzo di Filippo Strozzi and Niccolò Machiavelli: Patron, Client, and the Pistola fatta per la peste/An Epistle Written Concerning the Plague. He is also the presenter of a 24-lecture series on Machiavelli’s The Prince, produced by The Great Courses. Alongside his professional life as a historian, Dr. Landon is a classically trained painter, sculptor, a pianist, a lover of literature and music, and the co-owner/operator of a small organic farm.

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A remarkable history of a maligned family

This series does not disappoint. It is excellent! I learned so much… a total blast.

Normally, I don’t bother to write reviews, but this book was just lovely. Here goes!

As background, over the past few years I have been voraciously streaming historical series on Amazon and Netflix. Among those, the two relatively recent series on the Borgia family were probably my favorite. But, they left me wondering, in real life, were the Borgia really that terrible? So when I saw this new Borgia series on Audible I took a chance and bought it.

Wow, I’m glad that I did. It’s all there – intrigue, murder, sex, religion and the Renaissance. But the narrator, who also authored this series, used good history and common sense to challenge some of the most scandalous things associated with the Borgia Pope and his family. I’m not going to give away the details. Check it out for yourself. You’ll be glad that you did.

BTW, the narrator’s voice is smooth and deep (check on the samples... you'll see what I mean). I loved it.

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Love this book!

I am a huge fan of historical drama and this book delivers. I have purchased other audio books that Dr. Landon narrated and loved his voice. He is entertaining , down to earth, and a great teacher. I'm buying copies of this for friends who I know will enjoy an educational experience that is scholarly, and dare I say--sexy.

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The Borgias

Never knew how corrupt the family was. I knew that they were powerful and wealthy. Would like to know more about Listeria.


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Monotone

This man has the most monotone dull voice. Why the hell he is doing an audible book is a mystery to me. I can’t give any review of the book because I was so turned off by the speaker I couldn’t manage to finish the first chapter.

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