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I was born in Barcelona and have lived in the UK for many years now. I'm a writer, translator (English-Spanish and vice-versa) and I'm a medical doctor and worked in Forensic Psychiatry many years. I also have a BA and a PhD in American Literature and Film, and a Masters in Criminology. I've always loved books and apart from writing them I review them often. I write a bit of everything, check my books for more information and my about page for links. My blog is bilingual, English and Spanish.

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  1. I remember studying the Borgias in school. I had no idea that what we learned might not (and sounds like it probably isn’t) accurate. How fascinating!

    1. Thanks, Priscilla. The family was feared and hated, it seems mostly by other powerful people, not so much by those they ruled, but being outsiders I’m sure didn’t help either. In any case, they are fascinating, and I hope I’ll have the time to read more about them in the future. Stay safe!

  2. Sounds really interesting, Olga. I remember reading about the Borgias in the historical novels by Jean Plaidy when I was at school and was fascinated by Lucrezia. I’ve always wondered how true a portrait had been painted.

    1. Thanks, Mary. I am sorry to read your most recent news but hope things aren’t as bad as they sound. I keep hearing about Jean Plaidy’s novels, but I can’t recall ever having read any of them (unless it was a very long time ago) so I must try and catch up. It seems that Lucrezia was quite a formidable woman, but not, perhaps, in the way she has been depicted. I think we all know what used to happen to powerful women of the past, and what kind of reputations they got lumbered with. Any woman who strayed away from what was expected was suspect, and that might have been another one of those cases. The rumours and nasty campaigns seem to come from very far off, so it isn’t surprising that trying to tease out what is true and what is not is so difficult. You are right, of course. She is fascinating. Take lots of care.

  3. Robbie’s Inspiration says:

    Hi Olga, this sounds like a great book about a fascinating topic. Thanks for this review.

    1. Thanks, Robbie. I know you enjoy historical subjects, so I think you’d enjoy this one. Stay safe.

  4. Pen and Sword books are always solid and reliable. As for the Borgias, I suspect they may have suffered at the hands of history. But either way, their life and times are facinating to read about.
    Best wishes, Pete.

    1. Thanks, Pete. Yes, you are right. One always has to wonder how accurate the received wisdom about many historical events and personalities is. My best to you and your family, and have a great week.

  5. What a great subject, Olga – a family that continues to fascinate. Thanks for this great review. Toni x

    1. Thanks, Toni. I’ve always been intrigued by them. Keep well and take care.

  6. dgkaye says:

    Yay Olga, I got here! Through Twitter, lol. Fantastic review. Like you, I was fascinated with the Borgias and watched a miniseries on TV about them some years ago. I’m definitely adding to my book list! Currently, I’m watching a series on Netflix – The Medicis. This history fascinates me. Glad I got here, thanks and take care <3

    1. Thanks, Debby. I’m so pleased you got there. I’m sure you’d enjoy this one, so I hope you get to read it. Stay well!

      1. dgkaye says:

        Thanks so much Olga <3

  7. Sounds fascinating Olga and I watched the television series which did not pull its punches.. a tough family to be born into, especially for a woman. Thanks for a terrific review…hugsx

    1. Thanks, Sally. I watched an old Italian series about them, but not the most recent one. Tough but fascinating, although one gets the sense that anybody who was in a position of power at that point had to be tough (well, not only then). Thanks for sharing it and have a lovely weekend!

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