The last testament of Cesare Borgia, which does away with much of the gilded glamor of the period, the romanticism of the legend, and in a sense- the fascination of that figure. For in this first person narrative, little of personal- or even human-interest is admitted, and Mr. Balchin's Borgia is seen largely as a power politician, with an ambition to give Italy a temporal unification which will replace the dying papacy. Only in his relationship with Luorezia, and a very shaded suggestion of his love for her, is there any question of emotional involvement on the part of Cesare. From boyhood on, Cesare's career is traced, as he disposes of Luorezia- and her husbands- to suit his political progress; as he marries the princess Charlotte to further his ambitions; as he starts the military campaigns which eventually end in failure- and death... The impersonal, almost impassive, tenor here lessons the appeal for a popular audience.