All about the Borgias

Beginnings -
The Borgia name originates from the Spanish town of Borja, where the family has its roots in the 12th-century Kingdom of Aragon.

Rise of Alfonso -
From his humble beginnings, Alfonso de Borgia excelled in college, where he studied religious and secular law. 

King regent of Aragon -
Alfonso continued to climb the political ladder, moving from diplomat, to envoy, until eventually being named Vice-Chancellor of Aragon.

Good riddance -
The news of the Pope’s death brought widespread joy throughout Italy and other parts of the Catholic world. 

General Cesare -
Cesare would go onto to have a successful and brutal career as a military leader. 

Cesare the tyrant -
While his military victories outside of Rome brought great fame and respect to Cesare from his father and other allies.

The death of Giovanni -
Pope Alexander VI’s antics came to an abrupt end after the mysterious assassination of his oldest son, Giovanni. 

A change of heart -
Following the death of his favorite son, Pope Alexander VI chose for the first time in his life to at least try to live in the light of God.

The Pope’s many mistresses -
Alexander VI didn’t give up his penchant for debauchery once he became leader of the Holy See.

Cesare Borgia -
With Giovanni out of the way, Cesare Borgia was now graced with his father’s favor and charged with retaining the family’s power. 

The poison ring -
Lucrezia is often depicted wearing a ring that is rumored to be hollowed out. It’s said that this was Lucrezia’s preferred method of murder: 

Lucrezia Borgia -
Daughter to Alexander VI, Lucrezia Borgia would prove to be the most resilient of the inner Borgia circle.

Young Lucrezia -
In her younger years, however, Lucrezia had built up a nasty reputation as a cunning assassin with a particular affinity for poison.

Death of Lucrezia -
In 1519, after leading a mostly peaceful life following the death of her father and brother, Lucrezia gave birth to her 10th child and fell ill shortly afterwards

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