Florins and Ducats. Introduction: The Borgias - a family and its reputation. Alonso de Borja - From royal secretary to servant of Rome, 1414-55. Calixtus III - The first Borgia pope, 1455-58. The Borgia nephews - Cardinals and captain-generals, 1458-71. Rodrigo Borgia - New titles, new relationships, new wealth, 1471-84. Rodrigo Borgia - From eminence to pre-eminence, 1484-92. Alexander VI - The second Borgia pope and his family, 1493-97. Alexander VI, Cesare and Lucrezia - A pope, a warrior and a widow, 1498-1500. Cesare and Lucrezia Borgia - Conquests in battle and in love, 1501-03. Cesare and Lucrezia Borgia - The duke and duchess, 1503-19. The Borgia descendants - Dukes, cardinals and saints, 1520 and after. Bibliography and Sources. Endnotes. Picture credits. Index.
Mary Hollingsworth has a B.Sc. in business studies and a Ph.D. in art history. Her doctoral thesis dealt with the role of the architect in Italian Renaissance building projects and led to research on the role of the patron in the development of Renaissance art and architecture.