Sorry, this episode is not currently available on BBC iPlayer Radio

Episode 1

Acclaimed novelist of the Italian Renaissance Sarah Dunant takes on the era's most infamous family - the Borgias.

The story of the Borgia Pope is not long - Roderigo Borgia, Alexander VI, was the Head of the Church for barely a decade - but an enormous amount of activity, social, political and sexual was crammed into that period.

Our abridgement begins in August 1492 when Roderigo Borgia wins his campaign to become Pope, and describes the repercussions for his children, Cesare, Juan, Lucrezia and Jofre. Juan, the only legitimate son, will be allied in marriage to Spain, while Cesare is promised to the church - thus ensuring their legacy within the Vatican. As for Lucrezia, she is part of the price Borgia paid for his Papacy - though only 12, she must wed to shore up an uneasy alliance with the powerful Milanese Sforza family.

Read by Robert Glenister
Written by Sarah Dunant
Abridged by Eileen Horne

Produced by Clive Brill
A Pacificus production for BBC Radio 4.

15 minutes

Last on

Mon 27 May 2013 22:45


Role Contributor
ProducerClive Brill
ReaderRobert Glenister
AbridgerEileen Horne
AuthorSarah Dunant

Books & Authors Clip Collection


Interviews, previews and reviews

Music For a Lost Horologist

Music For a Lost Horologist

A Bone Clocks playlist by the author, David Mitchell

Added. Check out your playlist Dismiss