Cardinal Orsini

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CARDINAL ORSINI CHARACTER STATS
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Name: Cardinal "Orsino" Orsini
Position: Cardinal
Personality type: Vocal opponent of Rodrigo Borgia
Endearing trait(s):
Strength(s): Member of the powerful Orsini clan
Weakness(es): hasty, passionate
Quirks:



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"I paid with my acceptance of your foul election"


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CARDINAL ORSINI BIO
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CARDINAL ORSINI CONNECTIONS
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Family members: Orsini clan - Roman nobility


Romance(s): none mentioned

Friends: Cardinal della Rovere


Enemies: Rodrigo Borgia


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CARDINAL ORSINI QUOTES FROM THE BORGIAS
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  • " And has been bought by a Spaniard, up to his elbows in simony" (Cardinal Orsini to Rodrigo in reference to the papacy)
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DEFINING EPISODES | MEMORABLE SCENES
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  • Episode 1 - lashes out vehemently when the pope announces Ascanio Sforza's promotion to the Vice-Chancellorship
  • Episode 2 - Orsini's violent death by poison and his last words blocked by his choking accusation
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THE BORGIAS VS. HISTORY
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ON THE BORGIAS... IN HISTORY...
  • Vocally accuses Rodrigo of Simony in Consistory
  • Tries to poison Pope Alexander and Cesare at a banquet
  • Dies by poison at the banquet, at the hands of Micheletto on Cesare's secret orders, of which the pope unaware at first
  • Cardinal Orsini's name is given as "Orsino"
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  • Was party to this very simony: received the benefices of two towns and the office of legate to Bologna, Marche, and Romagna in return for his vote
  • Firmly supported the Borgia papacy and was in the pope's favor until 1500
  • Dies in 1503, probably poisoned on orders of the pope for his role in Orsini clan's plots against Cesare
  • Orsino Orsini was the name of Giulia Farnese's husband (son of Adriana de Mila)
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