If you've become enmeshed in the scandalous intrigues of the House of Borgia, that notorious European Papal family currently revived on Showtime, we've got some excellent reading recommendations to sustain you between episodes.
Determined to avenge the killing of her father, Francesca Giordano defies all convention to claim for herself the position of poisoner serving Cardinal Rodrigo Borgia, head of the most notorious and dangerous family in Italy. She becomes the confidante of Lucrezia Borgia and the lover of Cesare Borgia. At the same time, she is drawn to the young renegade monk who yearns to save her life and her soul.
THE SCARLET CONTESSA follows Caterina Sforza, daughter of the Duke of Milan and wife of the conniving Count Girolamo Riario, the bravest warrior Renaissance Italy ever knew. She ruled her own lands, fought her own battles, and openly took lovers whenever she pleased. THE BORGIA BRIDE tells the story of Sancha of Aragon, who wed into the notorious Borgia dynasty only to enter a life of conspiracy, sexual intrigue, loyalty, and drama. You know, all the good stuff.