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"Beauty can be deadly, when well used"
| *The ravishing temptress who comes to the Pope seeking redemption and ends up in his bed, Giulia quickly uses her new vaunted position to amass power and influence of her own. She befriends Lucrezia and shares her opinions with the Pope, thereby alienating Vanozza and driving a wedge straight through the heart of the Borgia family. *Source Showtime|
She was born in 1472 in the Canino, (Lazio) Italy, but grew up in Capodimonte on Lake Bolsena near Viterbo. She married Orsino Orsini "monoculus" on May 20, 1489 in Cardinal Rodrigo Borgia's palace's "The Room of Stars". Soon after the marriage, Giulia became Rodrigo's mistress and remained so until perhaps his death or earlier.
In 1492 she gave birth to a daughter Laura after Rodrigo Borgia became Pope Alexander VI. Many noted that Laura looked like the Pope, but nevertheless Laura was an Orsini.
She was known as the 'Pope's wh*re", "the Bride of Christ" and as Giulia la bella meaning 'Julia the beautiful'. Her brother Alessandro became a cardinal during her affair with the pope. Many believed it was mainly because of her relationship with Alexander VI that he was elevated. Later Pope Paul III, young Alessandro Farnese was known as the "Petticoat Cardinal." In 1494 she angered the Pope when she with Adriana left Lucrezia in Pesaro to see her dying brother Angelo in Capodimonte. Orsino at the same time left his duty as a general and demanded that Giulia come to him. Alexander threatened excommunication if she obeyed her husband's request. Ultimately, Giulia did not listen to Orsino, but as she returned to Rome she and Adriana were captured by Yves d'Allegre, a French captain, and ransomed. D'Allegre boasted that he had captured the "heart and eyes of the Pope". She returned safely to Rome and spent the night with the Pope. Orsino died in 1500 after falling off a roof. Giulia was said to have returned to court sometime after, but spent much time in Carbognano where she governed.
She had at least one, but perhaps two four children thought to be by Rodrigo Borgia. One of those is thought to be Rodrigo born in 1503. Her daughter Laura Orsini (never acknowledged as the pope's child, born 1492) married the nephew of Pope Julius II in 1505, for which Giulia returned to Rome. It is said that Pope Julius believed Laura not to be Alexander VI's daughter due to the hatred between the two men (Pope Julius changed the location of his bedchamber because the room had a portrait of Alexander VI). She died in 1524 in her brother Cardinal Alessandro's home.
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Related to Pope Boniface VIII
Brother Alessandro Farnese became Pope Paul III
She had 4 siblings: Alessandro, Angelo, Bartolomeo and Girolama
Romances: Mistress of Pope Alexander VI (Rodrigo Borgia)
Friends: Lucrezia Borgia
| Allies: the pope, his children, her brother as cardinal|
Giovanni Capece da Bozzuto
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