New book tries to dispel the “Black Legend” of the papacy’s most scandalous dynasty

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VATICAN CITY (RNS) With hundreds of movies and novels devoted to their crimes and intrigues, the Borgias are probably the most controversial family in the history of the papacy. But a new book, drawing on documents from the Vatican Secret Archive, tries to cast the Renaissance dynasty in a new light and dispel the "black legend" surrounding it. By Alessandro Speciale

  • bill bannon

    What’s more scandalous at a deeper non sexual level is the connection of the slave trade to Popes from Nicholas V ( see mid 4th large paragraph of Romanus Pontifex online) to Alexander VI. For this a must read is John Noonan’s ” The Church That Can and Cannot Change”/ Nortre Dame Press.