"Under Moffat’s watch the Doctor has morphed from an alien who loves humans and feels their pain and experiences love and desire and empathy to a stunted, child-like and extremely bloody irritating space-goon who flaps about like an injured moth when other people’s emotions are making him uncomfortable. And makes sexist jokes about how women are scary. And wants his married companions to sleep in bunk beds. And can save human lives but does not seem to understand human feelings. Who would travel with this man? He might be zany and charming and have nice boots, but he is fundamentally cold and unrelatable.
I also think the role of the assistant has changed since Steven Moffat started overseeing Doctor Who. Rose, Martha and Donna were chosen to travel with the Doctor because they showed in one way or another that they were smart and up to the challenge. Amy and Clara both come to the Doctor first and foremost as mysteries. Amy is the little girl who grew up with a rift in time in her bedroom wall, who doesn’t know why she doesn’t have parents. She spends many episodes being mystically both pregnant and not pregnant but doesn’t know a thing about it and all our information about it comes through the Doctor. What the fuck is that?
Some version of Clara dies on screen twice before she is taken on as the assistant, and it seems like the Doctor takes up with her to find out why. In both cases, the woman is not of interest for her character or her abilities, but for some fundamental mystery in her being. The mystery isn’t even a secret she’s keeping, something over which she has control- it’s something she does not know about, that the Doctor must puzzle out in his own mind. It’s not about her- it’s about what’s wrong with her. When Steven Moffat took over Doctor Who, women became a problem."
Because of reasons.
The downloads are .zips so that the cyberpolice don’t break down my door, and within the .zips is an .epub of the book. You can view them on your computer with FBReader, or on an iOS device with Readmill. I’ve also linked the Goodreads page for each book so you can see whether or not the book is up your alley, and read what other people thought of it.
This is not necessarily a recommendation post because I haven’t yet read all of these, nor is it a comprehensive collection of every Borgia book out there: it’s just pretty much every Borgia ebook out there. Enjoy!
Lucrezia Borgia: Life, Love, and Death in Renaissance Italy by Sarah Bradford (mediafire / box)
Cesare Borgia: His Life and Times by Sarah Bradford (mediafire / box)
The Borgias: The Hidden History by G.J. Meyer (mediafire / box)
The Borgias and Their Enemies by Christopher Hibbert (mediafire / box)
The Prince by Niccolò Machiavelli (mediafire / box). While this is more of a political and philosophical read, Machiavelli was a fan of Cesare and often cites his actions.
(Approach with caution, take with a grain of salt, etc.)
The Poisoner Mysteries by Sara Poole (mediafire / box)
The Lucrezia Borgia books by Jean Plaidy (mediafire / box)
Sins of the House of Borgia by Sarah Bower (mediafire / box)
The Family by Mario Puzo (mediafire / box)
If any links break, please let me know and I will update the post straight away.
(Source: kateargent, via fuckyeahborgia)
Cardinal Sforza - The “Book Keeper”.
Cardinal Sforza’s Hat is my new favourite character.
I cannot handle the amount of sass in this picture.
I’m all for more Ascanio Sforza on Tumblr right now.