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  • Paperback: 300 pages
  • Publisher: Kessinger Pub Co (June 1 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1419169491
  • ISBN-13: 978-1419169496
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 1.6 x 23.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 454 g

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About the Author

Rafael Sabatini (29 April 1875 - 13 February 1950) was an Italian/English writer of novels of romance and adventure. Rafael Sabatini was born in Iesi, Italy, to an English mother (Anna Trafford) and Italian father. His parents were opera singers who became teachers. His only son, Rafael-Angelo (nicknamed Binkie), was killed in a car crash on 1 April 1927. In 1931, he and his wife Ruth divorced. Later that year he moved from London to Hay-on-Wye. In 1935 he married the sculptor Christine Goad, his former sister-in-law. They suffered further tragedy when Christine's son, Lancelot, was killed in a flying accident. On the day he received his RAF wings, he flew his aeroplane over their house, but the plane went out of control and crashed in flames before their eyes. By the 1940s, illness forced the writer to slow his prolific method of composition. However, he did write several additional works even during that time. He died on 13 February 1950 in Switzerland. He is buried at Adelboden, Switzerland. On his headstone his wife had written, "He was born with a gift of laughter and a sense that the world was mad", the first line of Scaramouche. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Although the House of Borgia, which gave to the Church of Rome two popes and at least one saint,(1) is to be traced back to the eleventh century, claiming as it does to have its source in the Kings of Aragon, we shall take up its history for our purposes with the birth at the city of Xativa, in the kingdom of Valencia, on December 30, 1378, of Alonso de Borja, the son of Don Juan Domingo de Borja and his wife Dona Francisca. Read the first page
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Judging A Book By Its Cover June 23 2014
By mehlsky - Published on Amazon.com
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I have read Raphael Sabatini's work on the life of Cesare Borgia before, online and for free. The language is beautiful, courtly and elegant, and the author provides lots of backup evidence for his conclusions. I particularly like that his footnotes follow the paragraph in which they are contained, so the reader does not have to continually flip back and forth in the book to read the references. You know the old saying about not judging a book by its cover? Well, since I have already read this work, why did I buy this version of it for money? Did I judge this book by its cover? Oh, HELL yeah!
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
His Eminence Cesare Feb. 20 2013
By Unclepeacock - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
The election of his father as pope in 1492 changed the fortunes of Cesare Borgia. Besides becoming an archbishop, he was also made a cardinal in 1493, with the titular church of Santa Maria Nova; he was now one of his father’s principal advisers. It was already clear, however, that he did not have a true religious vocation; he was better known at the papal court for his hunting parties, his amorous liaisons, and his magnificent clothes than for the meticulous observance of his ecclesiastical duties. He was also known for ordering murders, rapes and pillage. He is known to have said the Rosary at least twice a year. A real gentleman.
School Thesis or Pure Fiction! Nov. 23 2014
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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The Italian author words sounded like they were from the 13 century but he is an Italian born in 1875 and died in 1950. The cable series The Borgias from Showtime and now NetFlix prompted my interest to know more. The extremely long arguments with excessive long passages of untranslated Latin were boring. It would have been great to have had the publisher include a Geo-political map of Italy during that time.
Excellent! Oct. 14 2014
By Tolstoy1910 - Published on Amazon.com
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I enjoyed this book a lot, I love the fact that the author investigated more deep into Cesare's life. He was no more evil than the people he was surrounded by.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Cesare Borgais July 27 2013
By Lorene Pare - Published on Amazon.com
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Such a fascinating man of his time and such an interesting story! The fact he really existed, made such a historical decision within the life of the Catholic Church, plus the fact he was a celebrity of his time, even though he was an intelligent man, he was really discounted for being who he was, which was like many other men and their actions of the time, Cesare was just more brilliant than most men of the time. Sabatini writes Cesare's story in such detail and comprehensive manner but also in a well descriptive language that makes this book such an excellent read!

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