Scarlet City Author:Hella Haasse A Novel of 16th Century Italy — This stunning, highly acclaimed novel centers on Giovanni Borgia, a mysterious figure known in history as the infans Romanus, or child of Rome. Although he bears one of the most notorious names in Italy, Giovanni does not know who his parents are: Is Cesare Borgia his father or his brother? Or is he no relation at ... more »all? Is Lucrezia Borgia his mother or his sister -- or perhaps both?
Against the backdrop and intrigue of the Italian Wars, Hella Haasse uses Giovanni Borgia's agonizing quest for hi identity as the centerpiece of a novel which the New York Times Book Review called "rich historical fiction written with panache."« less
Novel centers on the mysterious character of Giovanni Borgia, a bastard with one of the most infamous names in Renaissance Italy. Set against the backdrop and intrigue of the Italian Wars, Haasse uses Giovanni's quest for his true identity as the centerpiece for this rich historical fiction.