Celebrated Crimes, Vol. 1: The Borgias and the Cenci (version 2)

Alexandre DUMAS (1802 - 1870), translated by George Burnham IVES (1856 - 1930)

Dumas's 'Celebrated Crimes' was not written for children. The novelist has spared no language--has minced no words--to describe the violent scenes of a violent time. In some instances facts appear distorted out of their true perspective, and in others the author makes unwarranted charges. The careful, mature reader, for whom the books are intended, will recognize, and allow for, this fact. (from publisher's note) The first volume comprises the annals of the Borgias and the Cenci. The name of the noted and notorious Florentine family has become a synonym for intrigue and violence, and yet the Borgias have not been without stanch defenders in history. Another famous Italian story is that of the Cenci. The beautiful Beatrice Cenci--celebrated in the painting of Guido, the sixteenth century romance of Guerrazi, and the poetic tragedy of Shelley, not to mention numerous succeeding works inspired by her hapless fate—will always remain a shadowy figure and one of infinite pathos. ( From introduction)

Genre(s): True Crime

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 01 Introduction John Van Stan
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Play 02 The Borgias: Preface John Van Stan
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Play 03 The Borgias: Chapter 1 John Van Stan
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Play 04 The Borgias: Chapter 2 John Van Stan
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Play 05 The Borgias: Chapter 3 John Van Stan
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Play 06 The Borgias: Chapter 4 John Van Stan
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Play 07 The Borgias: Chapter 5 John Van Stan
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Play 08 The Borgias: Chapter 6 John Van Stan
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Play 09 The Borgias: Chapter 7 John Van Stan
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Play 10 The Borgias: Chapter 8 John Van Stan
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Play 11 The Borgias: Chapter 9 John Van Stan
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Play 12 The Borgias: Chapter 10 John Van Stan
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Play 13 The Borgias: Chapter 11 John Van Stan
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Play 14 The Borgias: Chapter 12 John Van Stan
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Play 15 The Borgias: Chapter 13 John Van Stan
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Play 16 The Borgias: Chapter 14 John Van Stan
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Play 17 The Borgias: Chapter 15 John Van Stan
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Play 18 The Borgias: Chapter 16 John Van Stan
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Play 19 The Borgias: Epilogue John Van Stan
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Play 20 The Cenci, Part 1 John Van Stan
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Play 21 The Cenci, Part 2 John Van Stan
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Play 22 The Cenci, Part 3 John Van Stan
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