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 Renaissance family! Today is my 29th birthday. I've been waiting for a while to get... Continue Reading →
I'm very pleased to announce that I will be leading a course on "The history of the Borgias" over on medievalcourses.com and it will be starting very soon! Keep an eye out for more information over on medievalcourses, their facebook page and of course right here on the blog!
On 12th March 1507, Cesare Borgia was killed in battle outside the walls of Viana. Having joined up with the King of Navarre following his miraculous escape from the prison of La Mota in Spain, Cesare and the army of the King decided to take the town of Viana back into the hands of Navarre.... Continue Reading →
It is 1502 and Rodrigo Borgia, a self-confessed womaniser and master of political corruption is now on the Papal throne as Alexander VI. His daughter Lucrezia, aged twenty-two, already thrice married and a pawn in her father's plans, is discovering her own power. And then there is Cesare Borgia: brilliant, ruthless and increasingly unstable; it... Continue Reading →
The name Lucrezia Borgia conjures up images of a harlot killing her enemies via use of a poison ring, committing incest with her father and brother. But the truth is, this image is one that has been pushed on us by enemies of the Borgia family who wished the sully the name of the daughter... Continue Reading →