The Borgias and Their Enemies

The Borgias and Their Enemies
Christopher Hibbert

As with a lot of rising, introverted, mafia-type families, the “enemies” of the Borgias ended up being almost everyone who wasn’t a Borgia. If you weren’t one of the family you usually ended up being against them, especially given the tangled and bloodthirsty dynastic politics of the Italian renaissance. As usual, Christopher Hibbert presents a generally reliable if bland guide to the major personalities of the period, who do their best to make up for his scholarly restraint. For a less orthodox take on the family, G. J. Meyer’s The Borgias is worth consideration.