The Borgias

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I think it is such a shame that the tv-show "the Borgias" gives such a historically incorrect picture of the Borgia family. The show has so much potential but there are especially two huge errors that just makes me winch: Cesare and Lucrezia's affair (which they never had) and that Juan was murdered by Cesare (it was proved years ago that Cesare did not kill him). But anyway this is the actual family - manipulating, poisoning and lethal as we love them

Lucrezia Borgia's dressing room in Gradara Castle, Italy - Lucrezia Borgi April 1480 – 24 June was the daughter of Pope Alexander VI and Vannozza dei Cattanei. Los Borgia, Lucrezia Borgia, The Borgias, Pope Paul Iii, Castle Interiors, Renaissance Era, Italy Tours, St Francis, Italia

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Illegitimate Offspring of Royalty

Product of a love affair between the king and his mistress the royal bastards were the prettier,smarter and stronger children of monarchs. It was thought the bastards were better looking than their legitimate half brothers and sisters because they were made with passion and love unlike their half siblings which were conceived out of duty.The truth was that legitimate children were often products of second,third or even first cousin marriages so their gene pool was much narrower leading to…

Facsimile of a letter written by Cesare Borgia to Ferdinand of Spain, Rome, 1497 Los Borgia, Cesare Borgia, Dario Fo, Francois Arnaud, Italy History, The Borgias, Italian Renaissance, Image Editing

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This is an original fireplace in Rodrigo Borgia's appartments in the Vatican. Where the (modern) bench is placed today, the pope used to sit together with his loved ones. Los Borgia, Lucrezia Borgia, The Borgias, Pope Paul Iii, Dario Fo, Modern Bench, Greed, Case, Crime

This is an original fireplace in Rodrigo Borgia's appartments in the Vatican. Where the (modern) bench is placed today, the pope used to sit together with his loved ones.

Lucrezia Borgia was born in Subiaco, one of four children of Vannozza Cattanei and Cardinal Rodrigo Borgia, who became Pope Alexander VI in 1492 Lucrezia Borgia, The Borgias, Italy History, Thing 1, Historical Artifacts, St Francis, Love Letters, Family History, Middle Ages

This letter, by the 14-year-old Lucrezia Borgia, was written to her father, Pope Alexander VI, in 1494. In it she tells of the reception she and her new husband, Giovanni Sforza, received on their arrival in the city of Pesaro, and begs her father to leave Rome

 This was the room in which Pope Alexander VI held his banquets for nobles, princes, and kings. Today, the room is used as an exhibit room for modern art. Los Borgia, Cesare Borgia, Pope Paul Iii, Dario Fo, Italy History, Exhibition Room, Cultura General, The Borgias, Crime

Part of the Borgia appartments, this was the room in which pope Alexander IV, alias Rodrigo Borgia, held his banquets for nobels, princes and kings. Today, the room is used as an exhibition room for modern art.

Letter from Vanozza da Cattanei, the mistress of Pope Alexander VI. and mother of Cesare Borgia, to Pope Alexander VI. Pope Paul Iii, Cesare Borgia, The Borgias, Renaissance Era, Vintage Lettering, Printing Press, St Francis, 15th Century, Lorenzo De' Medici

Letter from Vanozza da Cattanei, the mistress of Pope Alexander VI. and mother of Cesare Borgia, to Pope Alexander VI. Date:15th century

 CGI set design for Bad Blood's renaissance scene at the Borgia courtyard in the Vatican, Rome Bad Blood; Alexander The Great, Die Borgias, Jesus History, Pope Paul Iii, Lucrezia Borgia, Renaissance Portraits, Jesus Pictures, Bad Blood, Vatican

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Ercole I d'Este, Duke of Ferrara. Father of Alfonso d'Este third husband of Lucrezia Borgia. Lucrezia Borgia, The Borgias, Italian Renaissance Art, Renaissance Paintings, Italy History, Medieval Times, Dark Ages, Historian, Duke

Ercole I d'Este, Duke of Ferrara. Father of Alfonso d'Este third husband of Lucrezia Borgia.

Unmatched In Infamy: I was in the palace section of the Vatican Museum recently, showing some friends the dark neoclassical frescoes and blue and gilded Borgia bulls which so oppressively dominate Alexander VI’s apartments that no pope has been willing to inhabit that part of the palace since. Cesare Borgia, The Borgias, Late Middle Ages, Family Show, Italian Renaissance, Vatican City, Neoclassical, 14th Century, Rome

Unmatched In Infamy: I was in the palace section of the Vatican Museum recently, showing some friends the dark neoclassical frescoes and blue and gilded Borgia bulls which so oppressively dominate Alexander VI’s apartments that no pope has been willing to inhabit that part of the palace since.

Lucretia de Borgia in a letter to her sister Isabella Gonzaga (March Lucrezia Borgia, The Borgias, Italy History, Tudor Era, Mary Stuart, Signature, Renaissance Dresses, Vampire Academy, St Francis

Facsimile-signature "Lucretia de Borgia" under a letter to her sister-in-law Isabella Gonzaga, March 1519. Original Archives Gonzaga Mantova (Italy)

tratado de tordesilhas - the world was split in 2 parts: 1 for Portugal, other for Spain Fernand De Magellan, History Of Portugal, Cesare Borgia, The Borgias, Renaissance Era, Antique Books, World History, Ancient History, Textbook

Treaty of Tordesillas. Pope Alexander VI. divide trading and colonizing rights for all newly discovered lands of the world between Portugal and Castile (later applied between the Spanish Crown and Portugal) to the exclusion of other European nations

The door to Rodrigo Borgia's appartments in the ancient renaissance part of the Vatican. The appartments were closed after the death of Rodrigo Borgia upon orders of Julius II. They were only opened again several hundreds of years later. These appartments are lying a level lower than the sistine chapel and are usually overseen by the audience. They are, however, authentic and entering them fills you wih awe for what happened in between those walls. Cesare Borgia, Italy History, The Borgias, Sistine Chapel, Greed, Vatican, Renaissance, This Is Us, Death

The door to Rodrigo Borgia's appartments in the ancient renaissance part of the Vatican. The appartments were closed after the death of Rodrigo Borgia upon orders of Julius II. They were only opened again several hundreds of years later. These appartments are lying a level lower than the sistine chapel and are usually overseen by the audience. They are, however, authentic and entering them fills you wih awe for what happened in between those walls.