Five hundred years ago to the day - on 24th June 1519 - the infamous Lucrezia Borgia died in Ferrara. Lucrezia Borgia has long been assumed to be a villainess of the worst kind - accused of incest, murder and multiple affairs - and in more recent times the idea that she was this evil... Continue Reading →
On 24 June 1519, Lucrezia Borgia passed away after a difficult pregnancy. She had given birth to a daughter, Isabella, on 14 June who had been so weak that Lucrezia’s husband had almost immediately had the child christened. Immediately following the birth, Lucrezia suffered with a mild fever but it was thought that she would... 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 18 April 1480, Lucrezia Borgia was born in Subiaco just outside Rome - the daughter of Cardinal Rodrigo Borgia and Vanozza Cattanei. She would have been born outside of the city as a method of keeping her birth and parentage discreet - Rodrigo Borgia had his own personal policy of discretion, unlike some other... 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 →