I previously covered my love for reading Histories & Historical Biographies from Britain in the 15th, 16th and 17th Century.
I have to admit to recently getting hooked on the Showtime TV series The Borgias. It’s such a guilty indulgence!
Even though I knew generally of Pope Alexander VI (often called the most infamous pope for his indulgences and political maneuverings), I knew far more about his successor, Pope Julius II (who famously built St. Peter’s Basilica, and forced Michelangelo to paint the Sistine Chapel). Turns out the Borgia family was far more interesting than possibly any other family in history. Top headlines: Papal mistresses & children, Brother/Sister Incest, Bribery, Politics, War, Witchcraft, and lots of Poison!
Anyways, here are a couple of my latest reads on the fascinating Borgias:
by G.J. Meyer