Silence may follow
stiletto's merge with traitor
heart grasps freshest wound
Physical love warped
crude disposal of souls
numb and dead to touch
So did those haikus spark your interest? They are inspired by the book I just finished, The Borgia Bride by Jeanne Kalogridis. This book kept me up for the past week. Kalogridis knows how to keep your interest as she weaves a tale based on some juicy historical facts about the papal court of Pope Alexander VI. Talk about a world full of treachery, ambition, immorality and inhumanity! The story is told candidly and vividly through the eyes of Sancha, Princess of Aragon and wife to the Pope's illegitimate son, Jofre. Sancha is a historical fiction character that will be hard to forget. Considering the amount of debauchery described in this novel, I was surprised to learn that most of it was not sensationalized by the author's imagination. I wouldn't want to be anywhere near that papal court. There was no safe place to hide from those hungry for more power and perversity.
Well written and thoroughly researched, I would recommend this book to any historical fiction buff. Images from this book are still in my head. There is some good movie material here.
Off to my next reading adventure!