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Sarah Dunant


Sarah Dunant

Sarah Dunant is the author of the international bestseller THE BIRTH OF VENUS, which has received major worldwide acclaim, and IN THE COMPANY OF THE COURTESAN. With the publication of SACRED HEARTS, she rounds out a Renaissance trilogy bringing voice to the lives of three different women in three different historical contexts.

Sarah Dunant’s tireless research has resulted in vivid reconstructions of womens’ secret histories in the characters of a Florentine Noblewoman, a Venetian Courtesan and with SACRED HEARTS the spellbinding and fascinating lives of the Sisters of Santa Caterina.

In Sarah Dunant’s latest work, she turns her attention to the infamous Borgia family.  Stripping away the myths around the Borgias, BLOOD & BEAUTY breathes life into this astonishing family and celebrates the raw power of history itself: compelling, complex and relentless.

Sarah is currently researching and writing the concluding volume about the Borgias, tentatively titled "Fortune and Fate."

Her earlier novels include three Hannah Wolfe crime thrillers, as well as SNOWSTORMS IN A HOT CLIMATE, TRANSGRESSIONS and MAPPING THE EDGE, all three of which are available as Random House Trade Paperbacks.

Sarah teaches renaissance studies at Washington University in St Louis, and lectures on various creative writing courses for The Faber Academy  and Oxford Brooks University. Sarah was born in London in 1950. She has two daughters, and lives in London and Florence.

Sarah Dunant

Books by Sarah Dunant

by Sarah Dunant - Fiction, Historical Fiction, History

It is 1502 and Rodrigo Borgia, a self-confessed womanizer and master of political corruption, is now on the papal throne as Alexander VI. His daughter Lucrezia, aged twenty-two --- already three times married and a pawn in her father’s plans --- is discovering her own power. And then there is his son Cesare Borgia, brilliant, ruthless and increasingly unstable; it is his relationship with Machiavelli that gives the Florentine diplomat a master class in the dark arts of power and politics. But while the pope rails against old age and his son’s increasingly erratic behavior, it is Lucrezia who must navigate the treacherous court of Urbino, her new home, and another challenging marriage to create her own place in history.

by Sarah Dunant - Fiction, Historical Fiction

By the end of the 15th century, the beauty and creativity of Italy is matched by its brutality and corruption, nowhere more than in Rome and inside the Church. When Cardinal Rodrigo Borgia buys his way into the papacy as Alexander VI, he is defined by his blood: He is a Spanish Pope in a city run by Italians. If the Borgias are to triumph, this charismatic, consummate politician must use papacy and family --- in particular, his eldest son, Cesare, and his daughter Lucrezia --- in order to succeed.