By Cecelia Holland
A self-serving political participant in sixteenth-century Rome is stuck up within the ruthless and robust Borgia family’s lethal intrigues of homicide and betrayal
it really is often called town of God—but Rome on the sunrise of the 16th century is an unholy position the place opulence, poverty, and decadence cohabitate sinfully below the ruthless rule of Rodrigo Borgia, the debauched Pope Alexander VI. Englishman Nicholas Dawson is secretary to the ineffectual ambassador of Florence and, as such, unearths himself associated with Borgias’ murderous machinations, in particular the brutal energy performs of the warlord Cesare, the pope’s bastard son. a talented liar, conspirator, secret agent, and manipulator—a guy attracted to strength and the pleasures of excess—Dawson coolly performs his half in Rome’s draconian political dramas with a watch to private achieve and no precise allegiance to any part or participant. yet his appeal to a stunning and intensely harmful younger guy quickly threatens to convey Dawson’s mystery organisations crashing down round him, dooming him to a brutal and ignoble fate.
the good Cecelia Holland is acclaimed as certainly one of America’s ultimate creators of historic fiction. With City of God she brings a extraordinary epoch and a mythical relatives of scoundrels and murderers to breathtaking life—the corrupt patriarch pope; the suspiciously widowed and incestuous daughter, Lucrezia; Cesare, the bloodthirsty conqueror; and the tragically imprisoned and damned Caterina Sforza. Holland has written a gorgeous story of betrayal, deception, and blood.
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City of God by Cecelia Holland