AN  award-winning writer delivered a talk on the infamous Borgia family last week with the aim of dispelling the myths that have stained their reputation throughout history.

Sarah Dunant attended the Arts Society Sarum meeting to highlight the political propaganda of the time.  

Known for her five-book historical series centred around the Borgias, Sarah disclosed the political propaganda of the time and stressed that while corruption was prevalent, many allegations were fabricated by their rivals.

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She brought to life the intriguing figures of Pope Alexandre, the charismatic and womanising patriarch, Cesare, the sociopathic son who played various roles such as Cardinal and General and Lucrezia who transformed from being labelled ‘the greatest whore in Rome’ to a respected duchess in Ferrara.

The Arts Society Sarum regularly hosts monthly lectures on art-related topics and will host antiques expert Marc Allum on Tuesday, January 9 and will explore the world of ‘Fakes and Forgeries.’

On January 24, Stephen Duffy will present three lectures on iconic figures such as Napolean, Josephine and the Duke of Wellington.

The Arts Society events are held at the Methodist Church in Salisbury.

More information can be found on the website