Lucrezia Borgia

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Name: Lucrezia Borgia
Position: Daughter of the Pope, firstly Countess of Pesaro, then Duchess of Bisceglie, finally Duchess of Ferrara
Personality type: Innocent, curious, romantic
Endearing trait(s): Beautiful and friendly
Strength(s): Beauty, charm, trend setter, charitable, competent, graceful, educated
Weakness(es): Her reputation, though probably mostly slander, prejudiced her in the eyes of most Italian nobility
Quirks: Rumoured that Lucrezia owned a "hollow ring" in which she used to put poisons in to poison people. She has also been suspected to have sexual relationships with her brother, Cesare.

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"So love and marriage, are they incompatible?"

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A beautiful young woman who is also wise beyond her years, Lucrezia is the apple of her father's eye. However, this does not prevent him from marrying her off at the earliest opportunity to Giovanni Sforza, a loutish brute whose family rules the powerful city-state of Milan. *Source Showtime

Her name derives from the Roman legend of Lucretia, a woman who killed herself rather than suffer the shame of being raped. Lucretia is a symbol of womanly chastity.

It was rumored that one of her children was fathered by her brother Cesare Borgia.

She enjoyed a romance with her brother in law, Francesco II Gonzaga.

She may have had an affair with a poet named Pietro Bembo later Cardinal Bembo while duchess of Ferrara.

She died on the 24th of June, 1519, from a fever contracted shortly after giving birth to her seventh child.

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Family members:
Rodrigo Borgia - Father
Juan, Joffre and Cesare Borgia- Brothers
Vanozza dei Cattanei - Mother
Giovanni - illegitimate son

Flirtation with Prince Djem (Season 1)
Paolo (Season 1 & 2)
Rafaelo Pallavacini (Season 2)
Cesare Borgia (Season 3)

Friends: Sancia of Naples and Giulia Farnese

Enemies: Giovanni Sforza, Juan Borgia

Allies: --

Giovanni Sforza (Season 1)
Alfonso of Aragon (Season 3)
Alfonso d' Este (future)


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  • “So then. I shall become a nun. For I shall never love a husband as I love you, Cesare.”
  • “My husband cannot ride. And he cannot rut. He cannot hunt. Even the deer are happy.”
  • "There was a reason for my marriage brother. Remind me of it"
  • "And I thought I would never know sweetness" to Paolo
  • "A mosquito killed my Moor?"
  • Lucrezia: "And what if my husband proves ungallant?" Cesare: "I shall cut his heart out with a dinner knife and serve it to you."
  • “Young lovers are always doomed.” - Lucrezia
  • "To have my blessing, you would need my forgiveness." - to Juan, after his murder of Paolo (season 2)
  • "A boy of clay to mould into a man of my liking." - to Rodrigro, about Alfonso of Aragon

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  • Season 1, Episode 4 - Lucrezia's Wedding, raped by her husband Giovanni Sforza
  • Season 1, Episode 6 - The French King, began an affair with stablehand Paolo
  • Season 1, Episode 8 - The Art of War, cleverly coerced the French King to not attack Rome, and instead meet with the Pope
  • Season 2, Episode 2 - , rekindled her romance with Paolo upon his arrival in Rome, resulting in his murder by Juan
  • Season 2, Episode 3 - Beautiful Deception, refused to feed her son and sank into a depression until Paolo was buried, despite his supposed suicide.
  • Season 2, Episode 3 - Beautiful Deception, tried to murder Juan by placing a candle under the ropes holding a chandelier above his bed, resulting in the death of the woman in bed with him.
  • Season 2, Episode 4 - , sat on the Chair of St. Peter and worked as acting Pope while her father was with the army against the French
  • Season 2, Episode 4 - , used her place as acting Pope to further the charitable reforms begun by her alliance with Giulia Farnese and her mother Vanozza.
  • Season 2, Episode 6 - The Choice, refused to marry again, despite her father insisting she must for the family's safety and the need of an alliance.
  • Season 2, Episode 6 - The Choice, allowed her mother to be her representative as she observed her potential suitors, both to stall her father and have some say in the matter; eventually rejected them all so far.
  • Season 2, Episode 6 - The Choice, accepted a gift of a bloodied knife from Cesare: the knife he used to kill her brute of an ex-husband, Giovanni Sforza.
  • Season 2, Episode 10 - The Confession, asking Cesare to marry her... to Alfonso, and he refuses because his hands are too stained with "blood and sin to marry two such tender creatures"
  • Season 3, Episode 3 - Siblings, Lucrezia after Alfonso leaves her on their wedding night leaving to go and make love to Cesare for the first time.

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How does Lucrezia Borgia in The Borgias compare to actual history? Compare the facts with the fiction below!

  • Appears to be about 15 or 16 years old

  • Had an illegitimate son at the age of 15

  • 1st husband, Giovanni Sforza, looks to be about 35 or 40 years at his marriage to Lucrezia

  • Was raped on her wedding night by Sforza.

  • Currently a part of a triumvirate alliance with her mother Vanozza and Giulia Farnese, to provide charitable works around Rome.

  • Was about 12 years old in the year 1492 (born 1480)

  • Was about 18 years old when she was rumored to have an illegitimate son (Giovanni Borgia) in 1498.
  • Giovanni Sforza as only 27 when they married in (celebrated) 1493

  • Lived for over a year without consummating her marriage with him, on the orders of her father as part of the original marriage contract.

  • No such alliance is recorded.

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