Join us for a discussion of The Borgias and Their Enemies: 1431 - 1519, by Christopher Hibbert. The name Borgia is synonymous with the corruption, nepotism, and greed that were rife in Renaissance Italy. The powerful, voracious Rodrigo Borgia, better known to history as Pope Alexander VI, was the central figure of the dynasty. Two of his seven papal offspring also rose to power and fame—Lucrezia Borgia, his daughter, whose husband was famously murdered by her brother, and that brother, Cesare, who served as the model for Niccolò Machiavelli's The Prince. Notorious for seizing power, wealth, land, and titles through bribery, marriage, and murder, the dynasty's dramatic rise from its Spanish roots to its occupation of the highest position in Renaissance society forms a gripping tale. Erudite, witty, and always insightful, Hibbert removes the layers of myth surrounding the Borgia family. The discussion will be led by Lynn Harris.
Location: 110 The Embarcadero, San Francisco Time: 6 p.m check-in, 6:30 p.m. program MLF: Humanities Program organizer: George Hammond
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