The End of the Borgias

The Sforza castle, Milan

The Sforza castle, Milan

How devastating that Showtime is cancelling the Borgia series, without finishing the saga!  The Showtime miniseries truly ended in the middle of things. I was so looking forward to their Leonardo da Vinci!

If you want to learn the entire saga of the Borgias and  Caterina Sforza in a fun way, read my 99 cent ($7.19 paperback) historically correct e-mystery, A Borgia Daughter Dies. It’s getting scores of great reviews.  Here are links (follow the first for the reviews):

A Borgia Daughter Dies  takes you from the time of Lucrezia’s first pregnancy in a convent, up to the aftermath of Pope Alexander VI’s death. A character Showtime wants  you to hate becomes the next pope (not counting Cesare’s candidate, who died mysteriously after a couple of months).  You will learn, among other things, of Leonardo da Vinci’s true life association with Cesare Borgia.

Unlike the Showtime writers, I was scrupulously true to the historical record, except on rare occasions disclosed in the Afterword (which is like footnotes that you don’t have to read).

I’m now writing a historically correct sequel centering around the real life association between da Vinci and Machiavelli.  In that book, I’ll tell you of Cesare’s amazing life after the death of his father.  Look for “Da Vinci Detects” on Amazon and at this website, late summer or fall.

I’m also working on a blog about the second half of Lucrezia’s life, featuring pictures I took in Ferrarra, where she spent  it as “the Good Duchess.”  Look for that on this website soon.

Much of the real history of the Borgias is contained in my blogs on this site.  Check them out!







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About Maryann Philip

Maryann Philip (a nom de plume) graduated with honors in “Renaissance Studies” (a self-created interdepartmental major) from Stanford University in 1975, having spent part of her junior year at Stanford’s Florence campus, researching her honors thesis using original Italian texts in the Biblioteca Nazionale. She then went to law school (U. Chicago ’78) and spent the next twenty-five years raising children and practicing law, with occasional time out to sing in small ensembles devoted to Renaissance music. She now lives in California, and has recently retired from law practice to brush up on her Italian and devote herself to her family and favorite period in history: the Italian Renaissance.