How much power can one family wield before they're corrupted?
In this first volume of his ”Celebrated Crimes” series, Alexandre Dumas tackles the notorious Borgais. Originally from Spain, this noble family’s political influence was felt across Europe through much of the 15th and 16th centuries. But their name also became synonymous with scandals and murder.
”The Borgais” is a fictionalised account of the family’s machinations. These include Rodrigo Borgia and his reign as Pope Alexander IV, when rumours abounded of orgies at the Vatican.
A must read for history buffs, and any fans of ”The Borgias” television series starring Jeremy Irons. Alexandre Dumas (1802 - 1870) was a hugely popular 19th century French writer. Born of mixed French and Haitian heritage, Dumas first rose to prominence in Paris as a playwright, but later gained international fame with his historical fiction. Often co-authored with other writers, these stories wove together swashbuckling adventure, romance, and real events from France’s past. Among the best known are ”The Three Musketeers”, and its sequels ”Twenty Years After”, and ”Le Vicomte de Bragelonne: Ten Years Later”. Set across four decades, this trilogy follows the rise of the dashing D’Artagnan—from hot-headed soldier to trusted captain under Louis XIV. Dumas’ other novels include ”The Count of Monte Cristo” and ”The Black Tulip”. His works have been adapted into more than 200 movies, including The Man in the Iron Mask starring Leonardo DiCaprio.
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