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May 4, 2013

Show N' Read Saturday #18–THE BORGIAS


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A weekly meme hosted by Diantha Jones where we share and rate TV shows and movies we've seen, and the books that we have read or have now been inspired to read.

This week I watched:

The Borgias on Showtime (2011–2013)


Oscar® winner Jeremy Irons stars in THE BORGIAS, the saga of history's most infamous crime family. Conspiring with his ruthless sons Cesare and Juan and poisonously seductive daughter Lucrezia, the charismatic Rodrigo Borgia will let nothing and no one stand in the way of his relentless quest for wealth and power. Mercilessly cruel and defiantly decadent, intimidation and murder are his weapons of choice in his scandalous ascension to the papacy in Renaissance-era Italy.

So this week I FINALLY watched the Season 3 premiere, and oh boy, was it awesome! The Borgias is a show I started watching when my beloved Tudors ended. I had already read many books on this fifteenth century crime family, so when I found out there was going to be a television series based on them, I was ecstatic! It's a fabulous blend of danger, betrayal, seduction, and blatant murder, and season 3 promises to be just as amazing as the first two seasons, if not better. I'm so, so excited to catch up with the other episodes, especially episode three *secretly giggles*. If you're a history geek like me, then this show will absolutely take you, as long as you're okay with their embellishment of a few of the facts *LOL*.

Update 9/27/13: The Borgias was cancelled by Showtime. I'm utterly distraught. Season Three was LIKE THAT!



My rating: 5/5 STARS



Book That I've Read:

The Borgia Bride by Jeanne Kalogridis (2005)

Vivacious Sancha of Aragon arrives in Rome newly wed to a member of the notorious Borgia dynasty. Surrounded by the city's opulence and political corruption, she befriends her glamorous and deceitful sister-in-law, Lucrezia, whose jealousy is as legendary as her beauty. Some say Lucrezia has poisoned her rivals, particularly those to whom her handsome brother, Cesare, has given his heart. So when Sancha falls under Cesare's irresistible spell, she must hide her secret or lose her life. Caught in the Borgias' sinister web, she summons her courage and uses her cunning to outwit them at their own game. Vividly interweaving historical detail with fiction, The Borgia Bride is a richly compelling tale of conspiracy, sexual intrigue, loyalty, and drama.

This was a really great book by one of my fave historical fiction authors, Jeanne Kalogridis (I LOVED The Devil's Queen: A Novel of Catherine De Medici). It highlights the Borgia clan at their cruelest, sleaziest, and deadliest. It was awesome and the main character of the book, Sancha of Aragon, is also a character in the first season the show. If you decide to take on the show, then take on this book right along with it. It's so worth it!

My rating: 5/5 STARS



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