Juan Borgia

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JUAN BORGIA CHARACTER STATS
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Name: Juan Borgia
Position: Gonfaloniere and Captain-General of the Church. in the show he is Rodrigo's 2nd eldest living son
Personality type: Arrogant, debonair, handsome, vain, pampered, spoiled
Endearing trait(s): Good-looking, charming when he wanted to be
Strength(s): He was Rodrigo's favorite son, given everything he desired
Weakness(es): Lazy, arrogant, self-indulgent, ostentatious and rather dim
Quirks:



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Juan Borgia, Duke of Gandia



"As Pope he can do what he wants"

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JUAN BORGIA PREVIOUS SEASONS/DREAM SEQUENCES
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Young Juan (Dream Juan) - Season 2 Finale & Season 3
Season One

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JUAN BORGIA CHARACTER BIO
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*As the head of the papal armies, favored son Juan is filled with swagger and bravado, but he is really a hopelessly inept coward. More interested in the the land taverns of Rome than with defending his family, Juan nonetheless resents that his brother Cesare is the more apt warrior son. * Source: Showtime

Juan Borgia, 2nd Duke of Gandia (1474 – June 14, 1497) was the son of Pope Alexander VI and (in the Show portrayed as) the older brother of Cesare Borgia. Juan was the first of the Pope's four children by Vanozza dei Cattanei. Cesare, the second, was born 1475. However, due to a number of papal bulls issued after his murder, there remains an open debate as to whether Giovanni was born in 1474 or 1476. Juan Borgia was born in Rome to then Cardinal Rodrigo Borgia and Vanozza dei Cattanei of the House of Candia (while she was married to Domenico da Rignano).

He married Maria Enriquez de Luna, the Spanish betrothed of his deceased older half-brother, Pedro Luis, in September of 1493. He was made 2nd Duke of Gandia, Duke of Sessa, Grand Constable of Naples, Governor of St. Peter's, and Gonfalonier and Captain General of the Church.


He was murdered the night of June 14, 1497, near what would later become the Piazza della Giudecca (in the Ghetto of Rome). It has been speculated that his own brother, Cesare Borgia, had him murdered. However, there is another rumor which tells that his younger brother Joffre Borgia murdered him due to Giovanni's relationship with his wife, Sancia. His richly attired body was recovered from the Tiber River with 30 golden ducats untouched in the purse at his belt. To the immense grief of the Pope, this act occasioned the heartless epigram by Sannazzaro on the Pope as "fisher of men". Borgia's only attendant was also slain, so there were no witnesses.


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JUAN BORGIA CONNECTIONS
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Family members:
Rodrigo Borgia - Father
Lucrezia Borgia - Sister
Cesare Borgia and Joffre Borgia - Brothers
Vanozza dei Cattanei - Mother
Don Pedro Luis de Borja - Half brother
Maria Enriquez de Lune - Wife
Juan and Isabella - Children with Maria



Romance(s): Sancia of Aragon (his brother Joffre's wife)


Friends: Prince Djem
Allies: His father, the pope

Marriage(s): Maria Enriquez de Luna (? in show)


Victim(s):--

Enemies: The Orsini, possibly his own brothers (Cesare's noted jealousy of Juan's position as favorite son, Joffre's probable jealousy of Juan's relations with Sancia)




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JUAN BORGIA QUOTES FROM THE BORGIAS
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  • "As pope he can do what he wants." - Juan to Vanozza
  • "Let them kill your younger brother? Father would never forgive you" - Juan to Cesare after their fight with the Orsini boys
  • "If my mother's the Virgin Mary." "Was the Virgin a Roman *****? That's news to me!"
  • "Do you need lessons in lewdness?"
  • "Refinement is good....vulgar is better."
  • “They are all ugly, and I will marry none of them. Second rate royalty, cousins of half brothers of princes. I am the son of the Pope of Rome, the gonfaliere of his armies, I will marry a king’s daughter or nothing.”
  • “I have heard. That beneath that cardinal’s skirt, there may still be a man.” - Juan to Cesare
  • "Because lechery and debauchery are the very marks of nobility".
  • " And like Julius Cesare, like Mark Anthony, we will chase those Barbarians invaders back across the Alps, dragging their cannons with them." - Juan to Pope Alexander and Cesare


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DEFINING EPISODES | MEMORABLE SCENES
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  • Drunk at the orgy celebrating the election of his father to the papacy, pours wine over the heads of the bathing courtesans in a mock papal blessing.
  • Juan and Sancia having sex in King Ferrante's Last Supper room.
  • Juan and Sancia having sex outside the wedding night suite.
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THE BORGIAS VS. HISTORY
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How does Juan Borgia in The Borgias compare to actual history? Compare the facts with the fiction below!



ON THE BORGIAS... IN HISTORY...
  • Remains in Rome during the first year of his father's reign
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  • Married Spanish noblewoman Maria Enriquez and left for Valencia on August 6, 1493
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