Category Archives: sixteenth century

The Death of Cesare Borgia

Cesare Borgia 506 years ago today, one of the greatest military commanders that Italy had ever seen was killed at the Siege of Viana. On 12th March 1507, Cesare Borgia rode to his death following a life of extraordinary feats … Continue reading

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Cesare Borgia and the Great Pox

Cesare Borgia by Altobello Melone One of the most well known facts about Cesare Borgia, aside from the fact that he was a bit (a lot) of a sociopath who seemed to enjoy having people killed, is that he suffered … Continue reading

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The Election and Coronation of Pope Leo X

Leo X by Peter Paul Rubens In 1513, Pope Julius II died. Julius is probably better known as Giuliano della Roverre, the arch nemesis of Pope Alexander VI and his son Cesare Borgia – yet he really was a rather … Continue reading

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Sir Walter Raleigh

Sir Walter Raleigh by an unknown artist On this day in history, 1618; sir Walter Raleigh was beheaded upon the orders of James I. But why was this man, once a great favourite of Elizabeth I, given such a death … Continue reading

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Convento Dei Cappuchini, Rome

On our final full day in Rome, after we had visited the Colosseum and almost passed out from heat exhaustion, we decided to visit a little church near the Barberini metro station. This little church is often known simply as … Continue reading

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