Chronicles of the House of Borgia

Chronicles of the House of BorgiaThis Scarce Antiquarian Book Is A Selection From Kessinger Publishing S Legacy Reprint Series Due To Its Age, It May Contain Imperfections Such As Marks, Notations, Marginalia And Flawed Pages Because We Believe This Work Is Culturally Important, We Have Made It Available As Part Of Our Commitment To Protecting, Preserving, And Promoting The World S Literature Kessinger Publishing Is The Place To Find Hundreds Of Thousands Of Rare And Hard To Find Books With Something Of Interest For Everyone Baron Corvo was an apologist for the Borgias, not to be taken too seriously He thinks their crimes too monstrously inhuman to be true The murders attributed to Cesare and Rodrigo Borgia Pope Alexander VI fail of proof, he argues If they happened at all they were committed by someone else He thinks the pope was too busy to find time for the murders He admits that Cesare Borgia ordered the murder of Lucretia s second husband, but excuses it as self defense This is preposterous, according to contemporary accounts the victim was convalescing in bed when he was strangled Baron Corvo admits that Pope Alexander fathered at least seven bastard children but this was permissible, he says, according to the moral standards of the day The pope was a great man and beyond reproach, who did not cause the failure of Lucretia Borgia s first marriage Corvo argues that Cesare Borgia brought law, order, and prosperity to the Papal States That simony also was the norm Why not leave the sins of the Borgias to the recording angel he asks Why should we The Borgias were probably worse than they are portrayed in the history books because the histories draw on Johann Burchard, whose sacristan s book was accessible to the Borgias Thus it is likely that Burchard self censored their worst crimes.Much is unknown and disputed about the Borgias, but this book is an unreliable source It is heavily biased and conflicts
This is one of my favorite books To my young self it was a revelation along with Carlyle s French Revolution that all those stuffy sounding classics were classics for a reason That history was not only edifying but mind blowingly entertaining as well especially when filtered thr
For an author with such a colorful life, I d expect a no less colorful history However, Corvo is dedicated to disproving many of the outlandish legends of the Borgias He s actually quite fond of them, from Pope Alexander VI to Lucrezia Duke Ce
Nevrotico, eccessivo, afflitto da manie di persecuzione, orgoglioso ma servile con chi poteva essergli utile, prete mancato, eminente vittoriano finito in miseria a Venezia La vita di Frederick Rolfe pi interessante della sua opera, che mi lascia sempre un senso d incompiuto se non di talento buttato alle ortiche I suoi libri richiedono una lettura lenta e sono ad ampi tratti farraginosi, ma la fatica premiata da squarci di luce sorprendente