Sarah Dunant Brings the Borgias to Life

Passion, power, and political intrigue: all color the history of Renaissance Italy’s most notorious family, the Borgias. Bestselling novelist Sarah Dunant explores the House of Borgia’s final years in her newest novel, In the Name of the Family.

Twenty-two-year-old Lucrezia Borgia, often a pawn in her father’s plans, is discovering her own power. Her brother, Cesare Borgia, forms a relationship with none other than the Florentine diplomat Machiavelli. As we watch Machiavelli develop and create his famed work The Prince, we also see Lucrezia creating her own place in history.

Nicholas Boulton’s narration will draw you deep into the world of the Borgias and leave you wanting more.


For more on the Borgias, try one of these:

Blood & Beauty

Sarah Dunant’s previous book on the Borgia family begins when Lucrezia is twelve years old.
“The Machiavellian atmosphere—hedonism, lust, political intrigue—is magnetic. . . . Readers won’t want the era of Borgia rule to end.” People (four stars)
Listen to an excerpt BLOOD & BEAUTY

The Vatican Princess
Author: C. W. Gortner
Read By: Julia Whelan

The Vatican Princess is the first novel to describe Lucrezia’s coming-of-age in her own voice. It’s a dramatic, vivid tale set in an era of savagery and unparalleled splendor, when enemies and allies can be one and the same, and when loyalty to family can ultimately be a curse.

Listen to an excerpt THE VATICAN PRINCESS


The Borgias
Author: G. J. Meyer
Read By: Enn Reitel

Grounding his narrative in exhaustive research and drawing from rarely examined key sources, G. J. Meyer brings fascinating new insight to the real people within the age-encrusted myth.

Listen to an excerpt THE BORGIAS