G. J. Meyer is the author of two popular works of history, The Tudors and A World Undone: The Story of the Great War, as well as Executive Blues and The Memphis Murders. He received an M.A. from the University of Minnesota, where he was a Woodrow Wilson Fellow, and later was awarded Harvard University's Nieman Fellowship in Journalism. He has taught at colleges in Des Moines, St. Louis, and New York, and now lives in Wiltshire, England.
"A vivid and at times startling reappraisal of one of the most notorious dynasties in history . . . If you thought you knew the Borgias, this book will surprise you."--Tracy Borman, author of Queen of the Conqueror and Elizabeth's Women
"The Borgias is a fascinating look into the lives of the
notorious Italian Renaissance family and its reputation for
womanizing, murder and corruption. Meyer turns centuries of
accepted wisdom about the Borgias on its head, probing deep into
contemporary documents and neglected histories to reveal some
surprising truths. . . . The Borgias: The Hidden History is a
gripping history of a tempestuous time and an infamous
family."--Shelf Awareness "Meyer brings his considerable
skills to another infamous Renaissance family, the Borgias [and] a
fresh look into the machinations of power in Renaissance Italy. . .
. [He] makes a convincing case that the Borgias have been given a
raw deal."--Historical Novels Review "The mention of the
Borgia family often conjures up images of a ruthless drive for
power via assassination, serpentine plots, and sexual debauchery.
This is partially owing to propaganda spread by contemporary rivals
of the Borgias, nineteenth-century Renaissance historians, and even
films and television shows. . . . [Meyer] convincingly looks past
the mythology to present a more nuanced portrait of some members
and their achievements. . . . [The] Borgias are treated with . . .
evenhandedness in this well-researched and surprising
"Many accounts of the Borgias focus on the most scandalous stories about this powerful Italian Renaissance family. . . . Meyer argues that many of these salacious tales are untrue and the result of slander. Through a logical and thoughtful examination of sources . . . he shows that claims of corruption, poisoning, incest, and murder are untrue or greatly exaggerated."--Library Journal "The lively narrative makes a familiar but still incredibly complicated historical period easier to get a handle on."--Waterloo Region Record