Incest. Poison. Betrayal. Three wedding presents for the Borgia bride...Italy 1492. So begins the Borgia reign of terror. No one is immune. Rome is a hotbed of accusation and conspiracy. Every day, the River Tiber is full of new bodies. Sancha de Aragon, daughter of King Alfonso II of Naples, arrives in Rome newly wed to Pope Alexander VI's youngest son, Jofre. Their union protects Naples against the ambitions of the French King Louis and gains Spanish support for the Borgias. But Rome is very different to Sancha's beloved Naples. The debauchery of the Borgia inner-circle is notorious: every lust is indulged and every indiscretion overlooked. Lucrezia Borgia, is spiteful towards her at first, but gradually the two young women develop a cautious friendship, and their bond is strengthened when Lucrezia is married to Sancha's treasured brother, Alfonso. But when Sancha falls in love with Cesare Borgia, her husband's enigmatic older brother, she will discover how bizarre and internecine are the family's true ties!
Jeanne Kalogridis was born in Florida in 1954. She earned a BA in Russian and an MA in Linguistics from the University of South Florida and went on to teach English as a Second Language at the American University in Washington, D.C. She now lives with her partner on teh West Coast of the US, sharing a house with two dogs and a bird. Her interests include yoga, Tibatan Buddhism, the occult, languages, art, and reading everything ever published.