Sarah Dunant: In The Name Of The Family
Monday 6th March 2017 - Starts 7pm
“Times vary and evil and good fortune do not always remain on the same side.” So says Niccolò Machiavelli, the smart, young Florentine diplomat with a ringside seat on the rise and fall of history’s most deadly and charismatic family – the Borgias.
It’s 1502 and Renaissance Italy is in turmoil. Backed by the money and wily power of his ageing father Pope Alexander VI, Cesare Borgia is soaring like a military comet, carving out a state for the Borgia dynasty.
From Florence, a young diplomat, one Niccolò Machiavelli, is sent to shadow him to keep track of the danger. While many tremble in the presence of this brilliant unscrupulous man, Machiavelli is entranced and the relationship he forges with Cesare allows him to witness history in the making.
Sarah Dunant is the novelist of the Italian Renaissance. In her latest book In The Name Of The Family – as in Blood & Beauty – she sweeps away the myths to bring alive the real Borgia family; passionate, brutal, complex and glorious, holding up a mirror to the moment of history that bred them.
Presented by City Books. This special evening will include a reading, Q&A and book signing.