Join us

Facebook
Twitter
Instagram
Newsletter

Dario Fo

The Pope's Daughter

Cover: The Pope's Daughter - Dario Fo

Dario Fo

The Pope's Daughter

2015, pp. 208, Paperback
ISBN: 9781609452742
Translated by: Antony Shugaar
Region: Italy
Available as ebook Available as ebook Available as ebook
£ 11.99

The book

Lucrezia Borgia is one of the most vilified figures in modern history. The daughter of a notorious pope, she was twice betrothed before the age of eleven and thrice married—one husband was forced to declare himself impotent and thereby unfit and another was murdered by Lucrezia’s own brother, Cesar Borgia. She is cast in the role of murderess, temptress, incestuous lover, loose woman, femme fatale par excellence. But there is always more than one version of a story. Lucrezia Borgia is the only woman in history to serve as the head of the Catholic Church. She successfully administered several of the Renaissance Italy’s most thriving cities, founded one of the world’s first credit unions, and was a generous patron of the arts. She was mother to a prince and to a cardinal. She was a devoted wife to the Prince of Ferrara, and the lover of the poet Pietro Bembo. She was a child of the renaissance and in many ways the world’s first modern woman. Dario Fo, Nobel laureate and one of Italy’s most beloved writers, reveals Lucrezia’s humanity, her passion for life, her compassion for others, and her skill at navigating around her family’s evildoings. The Borgias are unrivalled for the range and magnitude of their political machinations and opportunism. Fo’s brilliance rests in his rendering their story as a shocking mirror image of the uses and abuses of power in our own time. Lucrezia herself becomes a model for how to survive and rise above those abuses.

The author

Dario Fo
Born near Lago Maggiore in Italy in 1926, Dario Fo is an actor, playwright, comedian, director, songwriter and political campaigner. His first one-act play was produced in 1958 and since then he has written, directed and acted in over forty plays and theatrical productions. In 1997 he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature. In the words of the Nobel Prize committee: “He if anyone merits the epithet of jester in the true meaning of that word. With a blend of laughter and gravity he opens our eyes to abuses and injustices in society and also the wider historical perspective in which they can be placed.” The Pope’s Daughter is his first novel.

Reviews

Books by region

  • Cover: Everything Calls for Salvation - Daniele Mencarelli

    Daniele Mencarelli

    Everything Calls for Salvation

    2022, pp. 176, £ 13.99
    A heart-breaking and unforgettable novel that challenges our notion of normality and celebrates the salvific power of solidarity and vulnerability.
  • Cover: Troubling Love - Elena Ferrante

    Elena Ferrante

    Troubling Love

    2022, pp. 144, £ 8.99
    The debut novel from the author of My Brilliant Friend in a brand-new edition
  • Cover: Cain’s Act - Massimo Recalcati

    Massimo Recalcati

    Cain’s Act

    2022, pp. 96, £ 11.99
    An examination of Cain's murderous act through the lens of psychoanalysis: an urgent, stirring reflection on violence and morality.
  • Cover: The Art of Resilience The Lessons of Aeneas - Andrea Marcolongo

    Andrea Marcolongo

    The Art of Resilience
    The Lessons of Aeneas

    2022, pp. 144, £ 10.99
    From the international bestselling author of The Ingenious Language, a fascinating portrait of antiquity's most misunderstood, complex, and surprisingly...
  • Cover: Tell Me About It - Sacha Naspini

    Sacha Naspini

    Tell Me About It

    2022, pp. 140, £ 12.99
    A hauntingly beautiful novel about an unforgettable new heroine, and a story of undying love
  • Cover: The Missing Word - Concita De Gregorio

    Concita De Gregorio

    The Missing Word

    2022, pp. 112, £ 12.99
    For the mother who has lost her children, there are no words

More suggestions

  • Cover: Dying is Easier than Loving - Ahmet Altan

    Ahmet Altan

    Dying is Easier than Loving

    2022, pp. 560, £ 14.99
    The third book in the Ottoman Quartet
  • Cover: Cathedral - Ben Hopkins

    Ben Hopkins

    Cathedral

    2021, pp. 624, £ 8.99
    A sweeping story about obsession, mysticism, art, and earthly desire.
  • Cover: In the Shadow of the Fire - Hervé Le Corre

    Hervé Le Corre

    In the Shadow of the Fire

    2021, pp. 480, £ 16.99
    In the Shadow of the Fire traces the Communards’ tragic odyssey, while following a breathless criminal investigation.
  • Cover: You Are Not Like Other Mothers - Angelika Schrobsdorff

    Angelika Schrobsdorff

    You Are Not Like Other Mothers

    2021, pp. 544, £ 8.99
    A sweeping epic that spans the first half of the twentieth century, a novel praised as a German Gone with the Wind, You Are Not Like Other Mothers...
  • Cover: Tonight is Already Tomorrow - Lia Levi

    Lia Levi

    Tonight is Already Tomorrow

    2021, pp. 224, £ 12.99
    The tragic history of mid-century Europe told through the lives of ordinary people
  • Cover: Cathedral - Ben Hopkins

    Ben Hopkins

    Cathedral

    2021, pp. 624, £ 16.99
    Ambitious, immersive, a remarkable feat of imagination, Cathedral tells a sweeping story about obsession, mysticism, art, and earthly desire.