LUCREZIA BORGIA JOHN FAUNCE PDF

A notorious reputation precedes her, and she is inextricably, and perhaps unfairly, linked to the crimes and debauchery of her family. Who Was Lucrezia Borgia? Lucrezia Borgia was the daughter of future pope Alexander VI, and her three marriages into influential families helped build the political power of her own family. Borgia was born during the Italian Renaissance, when artists, architects, and scientists were reaching new levels of accomplishment and transforming their world. While famous figures such as Leonardo da Vinci were innovating their way into history, the Borgia legacy, conversely, is one of violent political corruption involving a power-hungry clan who sought to control large parts of Italy. Marriages Borgia was married for the first time before entering her teenage years.

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Unlike most educated women of her time, for whom convents were the primary source for knowledge, her education came from within the sphere of intellectuals in the court and close relatives, and it included a solid grounding in the Humanities , which the Catholic Church was reviving at the time.

She was a thoroughly accomplished princess, fluent in Spanish , Catalan , Italian , and French , which prepared her for advantageous marriage to any European monarch or prince, and literate in both Latin and Greek. She would also become proficient in the lute, poetry, and oration. The biggest testament to her intelligence is her capability in administration, as later on in life she took care of Vatican City correspondence and governance of Ferrara.

He married Lucrezia on 12 June in Rome. The Pope needed new, more advantageous political alliances, so he might have covertly ordered the execution of Giovanni: the generally accepted version is that Lucrezia was informed of this by her brother Cesare , and she warned her husband, who fled Rome. Giovanni was offered her dowry in return for his cooperation. Giovanni finally signed confessions of impotence and documents of annulment before witnesses.

She is known to have retired to the convent of San Sisto in June to await the outcome of the annulment proceedings, which were finalized in December of the same year. In March , the Ferrarese ambassador claimed that Lucrezia had given birth, but this was denied by other sources. He was named Giovanni but is known to historians as the "Infans Romanus". In , two papal bulls were issued concerning the child, Giovanni Borgia. The second, contradictory, bull recognized him as the son of Pope Alexander VI.

The marriage was a short one. Lucrezia and Alfonso had one child, Rodrigo of Aragon , who was born in and predeceased his mother in August at the age of The affair between Francesco and Lucrezia was passionate, more sexual than sentimental as can be attested in the fevered love letters the pair wrote one another. Francesco did not meet Lucrezia until Their love letters were deemed "The prettiest love letters in the world" by the Romantic poet Lord Byron when he saw them in the Ambrosian Library of Milan on 15 October The child was sickly and — fearing she would die unbaptised — Alfonso ordered her to be baptised straightaway with Eleonora della Mirandola and Count Alexandro Serafino as godparents.

Lucrezia had become very weak during the pregnancy and fell seriously ill after the birth. After seeming to recover for two days, she worsened again and died on 24 June the same year.

She was buried in the convent of Corpus Domini. Another description said, "her mouth is rather large, the teeth brilliantly white, her neck is slender and fair, and the bust is admirably proportioned.

Her long golden hair, her sweet childish face, her pleasant expression and her graceful ways, seem to have struck all who saw her. One example is the Banquet of Chestnuts. Many of these concern allegations of incest , poisoning , and murder on her part; however, no historical basis for these rumours has ever been brought forward beyond allegations made by rival parties. It is rumoured that Lucrezia was in possession of a hollow ring that she used frequently to poison drinks.

Giovanni Borgia , "infans Romanus" "Child of Rome", c. She is also thought to have had at least four miscarriages.

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Kagara Unfortunately, Rodrigo fast-track to the papacy had to do more with faunxe connections instead of his virtue. But her joy was short-lived. A lot of the book is dedicated to her three marriages which were negotiated to make political alliances and give more power to the Borgia family. In every case, Faunce portrays [Lucrezia] believably, with wit and sensitivity. To ask other readers questions about Lucrezia Borgiaplease sign up. Roderigo Borgia essentially pimped his daughter in order for her to be assassinate a Bishop who wanted to kill his son.

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Lucrezia Borgia

Unlike most educated women of her time, for whom convents were the primary source for knowledge, her education came from within the sphere of intellectuals in the court and close relatives, and it included a solid grounding in the Humanities , which the Catholic Church was reviving at the time. She was a thoroughly accomplished princess, fluent in Spanish , Catalan , Italian , and French , which prepared her for advantageous marriage to any European monarch or prince, and literate in both Latin and Greek. She would also become proficient in the lute, poetry, and oration. The biggest testament to her intelligence is her capability in administration, as later on in life she took care of Vatican City correspondence and governance of Ferrara. He married Lucrezia on 12 June in Rome. The Pope needed new, more advantageous political alliances, so he might have covertly ordered the execution of Giovanni: the generally accepted version is that Lucrezia was informed of this by her brother Cesare , and she warned her husband, who fled Rome.

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