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Incest, Intrigue & Murder – 28th Sept

On 28th September, I gave my first ever talk at Southampton Central Library. In it, I spoke about the myth surrounding the Borgia family. What was it that they did that was so bad? Where did the rumours come from? … Continue reading

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On This Day – 13 September (or thereabouts) 1475

13 September 1475 is the generally accepted birth date of Cesare Borgia – although sadly for us the actual date was never written down, historians think it was between 12-14 September 1475 and April 1476. Cesare was born to Cardinal … Continue reading

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Borgia’d Up for my Birthday

So. Today marks the day when I turn 30 years old. I’ve been dreading it, to be perfectly honest. But that’s by the by – it’s just a number, right? It’s just two lots of 15… Anyway, as has become … Continue reading

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“There’s just something cool about knowing that you’re standing on the bones of the man you’re portraying” – An Interview with Mark Ryder

Today I am absolutely honoured to have Mark Ryder, who played Cesare Borgia on Canal +’s ‘Borgia’, join me on the blog for an interview. We talk through his thoughts on getting the role, his experiences in Viana and how … Continue reading

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Borgia inspired Ink

If any of you follow me on twitter I’m sure you’ve seen my tagline “Tattooed Renaissance Historian” – and that’s for good reason! I have a fair few tattoos, a couple of which are inspired by my very favourite Italian … Continue reading

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