In The Name of the Family

In The Name of the Family

`It is better to be feared than loved' - Niccolo MachiavelliIn the bear pit of renaissance politics, a young Florentine diplomat finds himself first hand observer on the history's most notorious family - the Borgias.In the Name of the Family - as Blood and Beauty did before - holds up a mirror to a turbulent moment of history, sweeping aside the myths to bring alive the re...

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Title:In The Name of the Family
Author:Sarah Dunant
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ISBN:1844087468
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:480 pages

In The Name of the Family Reviews

  • Diane S ☔
    Mar 12, 2017
    Renaissance, Italy and the Borgias never fail to attract my notice. Such conflicted times, the church all powerful, the Borgias at the height of their powers. A corrupt Pope, his acknowledged children, the power they wield and of course Lucrezia. Tales of poison, excess, positioning of strengths, al...
  • Angela M
    Mar 13, 2017
    This turned out to be the right book at the right time for me . I was craving a little historical fiction as well as a reprieve from the hangover I had from some grief filled books that I recently read. This gave me both. I give it 3.5 stars, and I can't round up to 4 stars because at times it felt ...
  • Silvanna
    Feb 04, 2017
    I stopped on page 77. Too pedestrian for me. I have put this aside for now....
  • lisa
    Feb 04, 2017
    When I like Sarah Dunant's books I LOVE them. I got an ARC of The Birth of Venus thirteen years ago, and I stayed up all night to finish reading it. I savored every bit of Sacred Hearts, and it became one of the books I forced people to buy when I worked in the bookstore because I thought everyone i...
  • Margaret
    Apr 23, 2017
    Like her earlier novel "Blood and Beauty", this book is a novel of the Borgias.So. Like any novel about the Borgias there is blood, death, and really nasty things galore.I didn't think it was as good a read as the first book. It felt too disjointed. Towards the end it hops over ten years of history ...
  • Cathy
    Mar 01, 2017
    This is the second in Sarah Dunant’s series of book about the Borgias but it works well as a standalone novel. However, on the strength of this, I will definitely be adding the earlier one to my TBR pile.Sarah Dunant injects colour and life into a cast of real life characters who were already p...
  • Liz
    Mar 01, 2017
    I have loved or at least really liked the Sarah Dunant books I've read in the past. So, I was thrilled to get an ARC of this novel concerning the Borgias. I did not read Blood and Beauty, which is the predecessor to this book, detailing the early years of Pope Alexander VI’s reign. This novel d...
  • Oreoandlucy
    Mar 05, 2017
    A longer review is available on my blog:http://reviewsofbooksonmynightstand.b...The characters in this book are based on true characters and Dunant attempts to keep as much as possible to the true legends of these historical people. They are deliciously evil and I read with as much glee as horror at...
  • Girl with her Head in a Book
    Mar 05, 2017
    For my full review: http://girlwithherheadinabook.co.uk/2...Having moved directly from Blood and Beauty to In The Name Of The Family, this is not so long-awaited a sequel as it will have been for many other readers. I have to admit though that given the emotional high note that Blood and Beauty conc...
  • Jo Ann
    Mar 18, 2017
    I knew little about the Borgia family of the early 1500's going into this book, and I have not read Blood and Beauty...but this books seems to stand alone, and it's a whopper. I am always intrigued and appalled at the cruelty, lust for power - and plain lust - and moral depravity of these times. Sar...