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.
Trigger warnings: Attempted sexual assault, violence, murder, mention of incest
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A captivating historical fiction story about the notorious Borgia family, who ruled Christendom in the late 1400s A masterly written story of passion, politics, and class deferences.
In the summer of 1492, the infamous, Rodrigo Borgia has risen to power as pope. Rodrigo’s eldest son Cesare, is now forced to follow in his fathers footsteps and into the church. Against his wanting, he has been newly taken the position of the Archbishop of Valencia. Jealous chafes at his ecclesiastical role he fumes resentment at the way toward his foolish brother
His father has chosen his brother for military greatness. Something that Rodrigo Borgia has secretly desired for himself.
Maddalena Moretti comes from the countryside, and now she is employed as a servant in the Vatican Palace, she cannot help but be entranced by uCesare Borgia’s handsome face and manner and finds her faith and conviction crumbling in her want of him..
When war rages on 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 house game of the man she is in love with..
Jealousy and betrayal threaten to tear apart the Borgia family from within.
The author has written a rich and intriguing book with alternating chapters between two of the main protagonist and their individual perspectives, the author definitely keeps you invested in this powerful portrayal the of The Borgia Family. The Borgia Confessions by Alyssa Palombo is a thrilling, intricate, and entertaining historical fiction novel of greed, and lust for power, when ambition contraste greatly from hope, loss, and love.
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Alyssa Palombo, and I am a writer living and working in Buffalo, NY. I attended Canisius College in Buffalo, where I majored in English and creative writing with a minor in music. I’m a classically trained mezzo-soprano who also dabbles in playing piano. When not writing, I can usually be found reading, hanging out and laughing way too hard at nonsensical inside jokes with friends, traveling (or dreaming of my next travel destination), at a concert, or planning for next Halloween. I’m a metalhead and a self-proclaimed French fry connoisseur. I also own way too many hoodies, pairs of sunglasses, and pajamas, but never enough books.
I am the author of three historical novels, The Violinist of Venice, The Most Beautiful Woman in Florence, and The Spellbook of Katrina Van Tassel, all from St. Martin’s Griffin. I am represented by Brianne Johnson of Writer’s House.