Bianca Gonzaga

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: Bianca Gonzaga (fictional)
Position: Wife of Francesco Gonzaga, Duke of Mantua
Personality type: Mentally deranged due to a forced abortion of [what could be thought to be] Pope Alexander's child
Endearing trait(s):Very beautiful, devoted
Strength(s): Her beauty, her charms
Weakness(es): Pope Alexander, her mental instability
Quirks: Quotes the Song of Solomon at will

Want to meet the real wife of Francesco Gonzaga? Read the in-depth biography of the Historical Marchesa of Mantua: Isabella d'Este

Isabella d'Este

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Am I to be your mistress then?
- Bianca to the pope, Season 2, Episode 1

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Bianca Gonzagafirst appeared in the first episode of Season 2, "The Borgia Bull". It was suggested that she was a courtesan of some sort whom Pope Alexander VI was having a dalliance with while his "official" mistress, Giulia Farnese, was away.

Some time after their affair, Bianca married Francesco Gonzaga, the Duke of Mantua, and while Francesco and the Papal Armies battled the French, Pope Alexander and Bianca resumed their affair at the Duke's residence. A few months later, Francesco had the illegitimate child that was yet to be born [assumed to be the Pope's] ripped from her womb, which caused her mental breakdown. Francesco was then approached by Caterina Sforza and Rufio to hatch a plot to depose the Borgia Pope based on the grounds of lechery and adultery, and he deliberately sent his deranged wife into his arms again. She found peace in the Pope's bedchambers, but took towards stalking Lucrezia's baby Giovanni (since she had lost her own son), who was in the Pope and Vannozza's charge at the time while Lucrezia was in Naples. After the Pope recognized her derangement, he learned the truth of its cause, and made plans to have the nuns of a secluded convent care for her; Bianca, however, did not agree with the separation of her from her "King" and instead slit her own throat over Giovanni's crib, and she died in the Pope's arms.

Her body was discovered in an overflown bathtub by Francesco and Cardinal Ascanio Sforza (the latter of which deliberately set her body up in there, to deflect scandal from the Pope).

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Family members: N/A

Romance(s): Pope Alexander VI/Rodrigo Borgia, Francesco Gonzaga, Duke of Mantua

Friends: N/A

Enemies: Francesco Gonzaga (as he's the one who set her up for fatal failure), Caterina Sforza, Rufio, and technically Giulia Farnese

Allies: N/A

Francesco Gonzaga, Duke of Mantua

Victim(s): Herself (suicide)

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  • "I am the Lily of the Valley, and the KING has taken me into his chambers!" *stabs table* (Season 3 Episode 5, "The Wolf and the Lamb")
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  • "The Borgia Bull", Season 2 Episode 1 (First appearance.)
  • "Stray Dogs", Season 2 Episode 4 (Second appearance.)
  • "The Wolf and the Lamb", Season 3 Episode 5 (Last appearance.)

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How does Bianca Gonzaga in The Borgias compare to actual history? Compare the facts with the fiction below!
The character of Bianca Gonzaga is a fictional character created for the dramatic purposes of the show. N/A ("Bianca Gonzaga" is nothing like Isabella D'Este, the actual wife of Francesco Gonzaga)

But, it's quite possible that the writers drew from history nonetheless, as there was a "Bianca" that lived during the time of the Borgias--Bianca Maria Sforza, who was the younger half-sister of Caterina Sforza. Bianca married her first cousin when she was two years old, became a widow at ten, and then married the King of the Romans, Maximillian I. Their marriage was not a happy one, because though she was beautiful, she talked too much, was naive, careless and could not give him an heir due to the fact that she could not carry any of her many pregnancies to term.

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