Because of reasons.
The downloads are .zips so that the cyberpolice don’t break down my door, and within the .zips is an .epub of the book. You can view them on your computer with FBReader, or on an iOS device with Readmill. I’ve also linked the Goodreads page for each book so you can see whether or not the book is up your alley, and read what other people thought of it.
This is not necessarily a recommendation post because I haven’t yet read all of these, nor is it a comprehensive collection of every Borgia book out there: it’s just pretty much every Borgia ebook out there. Enjoy!
Lucrezia Borgia: Life, Love, and Death in Renaissance Italy by Sarah Bradford (mediafire / box)
Cesare Borgia: His Life and Times by Sarah Bradford (mediafire / box)
The Borgias: The Hidden History by G.J. Meyer (mediafire / box)
The Borgias and Their Enemies by Christopher Hibbert (mediafire / box)
The Prince by Niccolò Machiavelli (mediafire / box). While this is more of a political and philosophical read, Machiavelli was fan of Cesare and often cites his actions.
(Approach with caution, take with a grain of salt, etc.)
The Poisoner Mysteries by Sara Poole (mediafire / box)
The Lucrezia Borgia books by Jean Plaidy (mediafire / box)
Sins of the House of Borgia by Sarah Bower (mediafire / box)
The Family by Mario Puzo (mediafire / box)
If any links break, please let me know and I will update the post straight away.
Happy 533rd birthday, dear Lucrezia!
“She is most beautiful of face, with vivacious, laughing eyes, upright in her posture, acute, most prudent, most wise, happy, pleasing and friendly.” -a contemporary description of Lucrezia
(April 18th 1480 - June 24th 1519)
I am not a tyrant, as my enemies are saying everywhere, and I do not want other witness than the cities of Romagna, which under my government have begun to discover the tranquility and peace that they had not even dreamed of, nor enjoyed, in the past times. Cesare Borgia to Guidobaldo da Montefeltro. [x]
ANCIENT HISTORY SERIES: Jewellery from Ancient Greece
ANCIENT HISTORY SERIES: Jewellery from Ancient Rome
RIP Cesare Borgia (d. March 12, 1507)
Ancient Greek black figure pottery-inspired nails, featuring Theseus facing the Minotaur on one hand, and Oedipus pondering the riddle of the Sphinx on the other. Matte finish for an extra pottery-ish look!
Prof Stephen Milner from Manchester University discovered the historic document by accident while researching town criers and the proclamations they read out in archives in Florence.
The 1513 proclamation, which called for the arrest of Machiavelli, eventually led to his downfall and death.
“When I saw it I knew exactly what it was and it was pretty exciting,” said Prof Milner.
“When you realise this document marked the fall from grace of one the world’s most influential political writers, it’s quite a feeling.
“The Prince is a seminal work, with a lasting influence on political thought and culture. The term ‘Machiavellian’ and the naming of the Devil as ‘Old Nick’ all derive from this single work, but the circumstances of its composition have often been overlooked.” Read more.
Exquisite Edwardian dresses, c. 1910’s
Riding coat, ca. 1760
Unlike the intricate embroideries and luscious silks of eighteenth–century men’s formal costume, sporting ensembles of the period, specifically the man’s equestrian uniform echoed the more somber ornamental vein of British dress. Sporting clothing usually exhibited a modest tonality, and was often executed in wool for its warmth, practicality, and durability. The skirt of this riding coat is vented at back for maximum moveability, while the bodice champions an excessive tautness typical of the period. Size of cuff, breadth of skirt, and emphasis on the waist determine the mid-century date of this garment, as the fashionable costume of the eighteenth century was defined more by minor silhouette fluctuations than radically transformative construction techniques.
The status of Viking women may be underestimated due to the way we interpret burial findings.
“To assume that Viking men were ranked above women is to impose modern values on the past, which would be misleading,” cautions Marianne Moen. She has been studying how women’s status and power is expressed through Viking burial findings. Her master’s thesis The Gendered Landscape argues that viking gender roles may have been more complex than we assume.
Exploring new perspectives of Viking society is a theme which also will be the focus of the forthcoming Viking Worlds conference in March 2013, where Moen is a member of the organising committee. Read more.