The Borgia Confessions

The Borgia Confessions

'Under Palombo’s skillful hand, the entangled world of the Borgias comes vividly to life, exposing the dark facets of class structure and the all-consuming greed that comes with ambition--and love." - Heather Webb, internationally bestselling author of Last Christmas in Paris and Meet Me in Monaco

During the sweltering Roman summer of 1492, Rodrigo Borgia has risen to power as pope. Rodrigo’s eldest son Cesare, forced to follow his father into the church and newly made the Archbishop of Valencia, chafes at his ecclesiastical role and fumes with jealousy and resentment at the way that his foolish brother has been chosen for the military greatness he desired.

Maddalena Moretti comes from the countryside, where she has seen how the whims of powerful men wreak havoc on the lives of ordinary people. But now, employed as a servant in the Vatican Palace, she cannot help but be entranced by Cesare Borgia’s handsome face and manner and finds her faith and conviction crumbling in her want of him.

As war rages and shifting alliances challenge the pope’s authority, Maddalena and Cesare's lives grow inexplicably entwined. Maddalena becomes a keeper of dangerous Borgia secrets, and must decide if she is willing to be a pawn in the power games of the man she loves. And as jealousy and betrayal threaten to tear apart the Borgia family from within, Cesare is forced to reckon with his seemingly limitless ambition.

Alyssa Palombo's captivating new novel, The Borgia Confessions, is a story of passion, politics, and class, set against the rise and fall of one of Italy's most infamous families--the Borgias.

Title:The Borgia Confessions
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9781250191205
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    The Borgia Confessions Reviews

  • Erin

    Thanks to St. Martin's Press and NetGalley for an egalley in exchange for an honest review. Oh my goodness, I loved this book! In The Borgia Confessions, Alyssa Palombo travels back to Italy in the ...

  • Jennie Damron

    This is the first time ever where I loved a book, but did not like any of the characters; real and fake. The writing was superb and the research and passion she showed in this work is incredible. I lo...

  • Annette

    Cesare Borgia (1475-1507) as a boy dreams of becoming a soldier and conqueror like the great Roman conqueror, Giulio Cesare. But his father has a different plan for him – to join the Church and foll...

  • ~Annabelle~ ??

    I think every book lover needs a healthy dose of family drama, politics, romance and scandal once in a while to stay book fit....

  • The Celtic Rebel (Richard)

    Original ~ Informative ~ Entertaining ~ Twisted ~ Haunting ~ Great World Building ~ Realistic ~ Easy To Read ~ Page-Turner ~ Steamy - Wonderful CharactersI have always had a historical fascination wit...

  • Elizabeth of Silver's Reviews

    It is 1492 and we meet Rodrigo Borgia - Pope Alexander VI who has four children and a mistress.The children must do what their father says so the Borgia family can become more powerful.His son, Cesare...

  • Kathy

    this is a new book from my library and I thought I would like it -- turns out it is very flowery and overly dramatic in its presentation of what seems to be a romance rather than serious historical fi...

  • Erin

    Find this and other reviews at: https://historicalfictionreader.blogs...Alyssa Palombo’s The Borgia Confessions invites readers to explore the halls of the Vatican Palace, peek behind its decadent c...

  • The Lit Bitch

    I have been a fan of Alyssa Palombo since her very first book. I think she is absolutely a fresh voice in historical fiction and I am always down to read one of her new books.Last year her book on Kat...

  • Zoe

    Rich, fascinating, and immersive!The Borgia Confessions is a compelling, informative tale set in Rome from 1492 to 1498 that tells the story of Rodrigo Borgia’s children, primarily Cesare, the Archb...