Biography

Sarah Dunant

Sarah Dunant is the author of the international bestsellers THE BIRTH OF VENUS and IN THE COMPANY OF THE COURTESAN, which have received major acclaim on both sides of the Atlantic. 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. She has two daughters and lives in London and Florence.

Sarah Dunant

Books by Sarah Dunant

by Sarah Dunant - Fiction, Historical Fiction

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 22-year-old daughter, Lucrezia, is discovering her own power. And then there is his son Cesare Borgia, who is 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. What Machiavelli learns will go on to inform his great work of modern politics, THE PRINCE. 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.