Prince Djem

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PRINCE DJEM CHARACTER STATS
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Name: Prince Djem
Age: early twenties
Death by: poisoned by Juan and Cesare Borgia
Position: Exiled son of the late Sultan Mehmet II, Pretender to the Ottoman throne, honored captive of the Vatican
Personality type: aloof, debonair, exotic
Endearing trait(s): friendly, sweet, attractive
Strength(s): brave, confident, intelligent, gorgeous, gentlemanly, honorable, good-natured
Weakness(es): naive, trusting, easily influenced
Quirks/nicknames: Lucrezia calls him "my Moor"


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"You are the Pope's daughter, you are the most beautiful treasure this Vatican contains. If a husband tries to beat you, I, Djem will strangle him with my bare hands."



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PRINCE DJEM CHARACTER BIO
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The noble young Prince Djem was the brother of the reigning sultan of the Ottoman Empire. Bayezid took the throne after his father Mehmet II'd death. The custom of fratricide led to the Prince's departure (in the show in 1492) to claim assylum at the Vatican. His brother's ambassadors brought him to live under papal protection with a maintenance fee to be paid to the pope for the duration of his stay. If the prince died at Rome, the sultan would pay the pope 400,000 ducats to "cover burial costs." In reality, the final payment was a reward for removing Djem as a threat to the Ottoman throne. Little did the young gallant prince know he would be more valuable dead than alive.



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PRINCE DJEM CONNECTIONS
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Family members: None in Rome


Romance(s): Flirted with Lucrezia


Friends: Cesare, Juan and Lucrezia - for a time


Enemies: Sultan Bayezid (his brother), the pope, Juan Borgia

Allies: none


Marriage(s): none



Victim(s): none



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PRINCE DJEM QUOTES FROM THE BORGIAS
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  • "You are the Pope's daughter, you are the most beautiful treasure this Vatican contains. If a husband tries to beat you, I, Djem will strangle him with my bare hands." Djem to Lucrezia
  • Lucrezia: "What is the difference between a wife and a concubine?" Djem: "Nothing really... you can beat a wife if she displeases you, but you can't kill her." Lucrezia: "You can kill a concubine?!" Djem: "Well...you can kill a wife too, but the displeasure must be great."



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DEFINING EPISODES | MEMORABLE SCENES
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  • The scene where he take Lucrezia's hand in the Vatican veranda and dances with her.
  • The botched poisoning attempt by the cook hand and his murder by smothering with a pillow carried out by Juan Borgia.
  • The hunt banquet scene, where he entertains the Borgia children with his tales.
  • The staged "Turkish" feast in the courtyard of the Borgia palazzo, with musicians, houkahs, and exotic servants.
  • The confessional scene with Cesare where he states that he wishes to convert to Christianity because of the love Christians show to each other.



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THE BORGIAS VS. HISTORY
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How does Prince Djem in The Borgias compare to actual history? Compare the facts with the fiction below!
ON THE BORGIAS... IN HISTORY...
  • Came to the court of Alexander VI as an honored exile "guest" in 1492.
  • Fell in love with Lucrezia.
  • Asked to convert to Christianity because of the gentle treatment he has received at the Vatican, at the hands of good Christians.
  • Was killed at the Vatican (1492) after being poisoned. Juan smothered him with a pillow after the job was botched by the servant.
  • Exiled to Rhodes and brought to Rome in 1489 to live under the protection of Pope Innocent VII.
  • Probably would not have associated with her except at ceremonial gatherings.
  • Refused conversion when Pope Innocent asked him to accept Christ.
  • Died in Naples (1495) while in the custody of the French king after "eating or drinking something disagreeable to which his stomach was not accustomed." (Burchard, Diarium).

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