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On This Day In History – Rodrigo Borgia Is Born

Starting off the year as I mean to go on, I thought I’d drop in with a little “On This Day In History” post for you all. On 1st January 1431, Rodrigo Borgia was born in Xatvia Spain. His birth … Continue reading

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The Big Question: Was Rodrigo Borgia Really The Father of Cesare, Juan & Lucrezia Borgia?

As I mentioned in my review yesterday, G.J Meyer has presented some very interesting arguments over the paternity of Cesare, Lucrezia and Juan Borgia. It has long been accepted that Rodrigo Borgia, Pope Alexander VI, was their father and legitimised … Continue reading

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Review: The Borgias – The Hidden History by G.J. Meyer

They burst out of obscurity in Spain not only to capture the great prize of the papacy, but to do so twice. Throughout a tumultuous half-century—as popes, statesmen, warriors, lovers, and breathtakingly ambitious political adventurers—they held centre stage in the … Continue reading

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The Borgia Apartments In The Vatican

The Disputation of St Catherine – Pinturicchio After Rodrigo Borgia became Pope in 1492, he planned a whole new set of rooms for his personal use. These rooms still exist today, and in them survive a fascinating insight into the … Continue reading

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The Donkey At Bracciano

The Donkey in Juan’s tent, from Canal+’s “Borgia” Juan Borgia, 2nd Duke of Gandia, was never really cut out to be a soldier. He was arrogant and self centred, and failed more than succeeding at anything. Yet Pope Alexander VI … Continue reading

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