The Borgia Family: Rumor and Representation

1st Edition

Jennifer Mara DeSilva

December 1, 2019 Forthcoming
Reference - 336 Pages
ISBN 9780367210854 - CAT# K419390

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The Fortunes of the Borgia Family explores the historical and cultural structures that underpin the Borgia family, their notoriety, and persistence and reinvention in the popular imagination.

The book balances studies focusing on early modern observations of the Borgias and studies deconstructing later incarnations on the stage, on the page, on the street, and on the screen. It reveals how contemporary observers, later authors and artists, and generations of historians reinforced and perpetuated both rumor and reputation, ultimately contributing to the Borgia Black Legend. Focused on the deeds and posthumous reputations of Pope Alexander VI and his children, Cesare and Lucrezia Borgia, the volume charts the choices made by the family and contextualizes them amid contemporary expectations and reactions. Extending beyond their deaths, it also investigates how the Borgias became emblems of anti-Catholic and anti-Spanish criticism in the later early modern period and their residing reputation as the best and worst of the Renaissance .

Exploring a spectrum of traditional and modern media, The Fortunes of the Borgia Family contextualizes both Borgia deeds and their modern interpretations to analyze the family’s continuing history and meaning in the twenty-first century. It will be of great interest to researchers and students working on interdisciplanry aspects of the Renaissance and Early Modern Italy.


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