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Byline: BLOOD AND BEAUTY BY SARAH DUNANT

Rome 1492: Ambassadors, diplomats and clerics have gathered to elect a new pope and the city chimes with names that have echoed throughout history - Sforza, Ferrara, Medici... Borgia.

Spaniard Rodrigo Borgia is elected Pope Alexander VI and embarks on the consolidation and expansion of his power through ruthless ambition, political subterfuge and his four children.

So much has been written about this most notorious of families and their name is a byword for corruption - but Sarah Dunant presents their tale with a fresh eye.

Her fast-paced novel is incredibly well researched and her descriptive talent lies in the details, transporting the reader to Renaissance Italy.

She takes us through the ups and downs of the Borgias and leaves us wanting more. Kirsty McClymont, Waterstones Ayr IN ASSOCIATION WITH
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Publication:Sunday Mail (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:May 25, 2014
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