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Cesare Borgia's Marriage to Charlotte D'Albret

Charlotte in "Borgia"After Cesare Borgia finally got rid of his Cardinal's robes, it was down to him to continue on the Borgia dynasty. Since the death of his brother Juan in 1497, there was no male descended destined to carry on the Borgia name and had...
From: Loyalty Binds Me on 29 Sep 2013

Cesare Borgia's Sword Scabbard - And A Trip To The British Museum

It's long been a dream of mine to look upon Cesare Borgia's sword and the scabbard that went with it. And when I found out that the scabbard was on display at the Victoria & Albert museum in London, I knew I had to go. Yesterday morning, after three...
From: Loyalty Binds Me on 23 Mar 2013

The Death of Cesare Borgia

Cesare Borgia506 years ago today, one of the greatest military commanders that Italy had ever seen was killed at the Siege of Viana. On 12th March 1507, Cesare Borgia rode to his death following a life of extraordinary feats - son (possibly, please see...
From: Loyalty Binds Me on 12 Mar 2013

Looking back: 7th February 1497 - The Bonfire of the Vanities

Today, in 1497: Girolamo Savonarola organised one of the most infamous moments in Renaissance history - the Bonfire of the Vanities. Here's an old post I wrote on the subject...*** Savanarola by Fra BartolomeoGiralomo Savonarola is probably one of the...
From: Loyalty Binds Me on 7 Feb 2013

Cesare Borgia's Spanish Imprisonment

The castle of Chinchilla, SpainTowards the end of 1503, after the death of his father and a particularly virulent illness, Cesare Borgia found himself faced with the election of one of his family's worst enemies as Pope. Giuliano della Roverre was elected...
From: Loyalty Binds Me on 26 Jan 2013

Clarice Orsini and Lorenzo de Medici

In the spring of 1467 Lorenzo de Medici's mother, Lucrezia Tournabuoni, went to Rome. Using the pretext of an incognito visit to her brother, managers of the Rome branch of the Medici bank, she was actually there to sort out a bride for her son. Her choice...
From: Loyalty Binds Me on 16 Jan 2013

The Election and Coronation of Pope Leo X

Leo X by Peter Paul RubensIn 1513, Pope Julius II died. Julius is probably better known as Giuliano della Roverre, the arch nemesis of Pope Alexander VI and his son Cesare Borgia - yet he really was a rather brilliant Pope and brought us such wonders...
From: Loyalty Binds Me on 28 Dec 2012

Rome: A History of the Eternal City

I started watching this a couple of weeks ago after seeing a conversation on twitter. I watched the first couple of episodes of Rome: A History of the Eternal City and loved them from the outset. The first episode told the story of Ancient Rome and it's...
From: Loyalty Binds Me on 22 Dec 2012

The Donkey At Bracciano

The Donkey in Juan's tent, from Canal+'s "Borgia"Juan Borgia, 2nd Duke of Gandia, was never really cut out to be a soldier. He was arrogant and self centred, and failed more than succeeding at anything. Yet Pope Alexander VI wanted one son in the church...
From: Loyalty Binds Me on 9 Dec 2012

The Marriage of Lucrezia Borgia and Alfonso of Aragon

Holliday Grainger and Sebastian De Souza as Lucrezia and Alfonso in Showtime's The BorgiasThink of Lucrezia Borgia, and the majority of people will say that she was a seductress who had a ring filled with deadly poison and committed incest with her brother....
From: Loyalty Binds Me on 4 Dec 2012

Caterina Sforza Part 6 - The Siege of Forli

Gina Mckee as Caterina Sforza at the Siege of ForliMy last entry on Caterina Sforza was a while ago, and for that I apologise. The Renaissance in general has just taken over my life recently, and in particular the goings on in Florence as well as general...
From: Loyalty Binds Me on 30 Nov 2012

The Pazzi Conspiracy

Giuliano de Medici by Sandro BotticelliOn 26th April 1478 the ruler of Florence Lorenzo de Medici made his way through his city to the grand Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore - more commonly known as The Duomo thanks to the great dome that topped the...
From: Loyalty Binds Me on 20 Nov 2012

The Origins of the Borgia Incest Myth

Recently I have come across more and more people "shipping" Cesare and Lucrezia Borgia. That's fine, do whatever you want but when these people insist that they "ship" these characters because it's "historically accurate"? If I'm honest that's more than...
From: Loyalty Binds Me on 15 Nov 2012

The Trial And Execution of Girolamo Savonarola

The Execution of Savonarola by AnonymousI've been spending a lot of time recently researching Girolamo Savonarola recently, for particular reasons that will hopefully be announced soon as well as the fact that the man fascinates me. I don't really know...
From: Loyalty Binds Me on 12 Nov 2012

The Expulsion of the Medici

Lorenzo the Magnificent by Agnolo BronzinoOn 21st March 1492, Lorenzo "Il Magnifico" de Medici was carried from his palace in Florence to his countryside villa at Careggi, not far from the city. The reason? His health was failing fast thanks to severe...
From: Loyalty Binds Me on 10 Nov 2012

The Sistine Chapel Ceiling

When I visited Rome in the summer, one of the most amazing experiences was walking into the Sistine Chapel and just looking up. Despite the fact that the chapel was rammed with people and the scary security guards kept yelling at people to be quiet, seeing...
From: Loyalty Binds Me on 3 Nov 2012

Caterina Sforza Part 5 - Ten More Sons.

Gina McKee as Caterina Sforza, shouting down from her ramparts that she had the "means to make ten more sons!"There is one story about Caterina Sforza that will always stick in someones mind. Ask anyone who has watched Showtime's recent "The Borgias"...
From: Loyalty Binds Me on 24 Oct 2012

Caterina Sforza Part 4 - 1488: The Death of Girolamo Riario

San Mercuriale, ForliIn May 1487, Caterina Sforza began to take the reigns of power. Her husband had suddenly been taken ill with a mysterious illness and as he lay in his sick bed she had to govern Forli and Imola in his stead. Yet Caterina had to watch...
From: Loyalty Binds Me on 19 Oct 2012

Caterina Sforza Part 3 - Countess of Forli

The fortress of Ravaldino, ForliWhen Giralomo Riario and his wife Caterina Sforza were given the town of Forli, trouble was already brewing. The town itself had been politically unstable for over 500 years and was still subject to bitter rivalries, battles...
From: Loyalty Binds Me on 14 Oct 2012

Caterina Sforza Part 2 - The Rome Years

Gina McKee as Caterina Sforza in The BorgiasAs Caterina left her childhood home of Milan, she was accompanied on her way to Rome by a lavish parade. Caterina had brought with her 40 relatives and servants, and her new husband Giralomo Riaro added a considerable...
From: Loyalty Binds Me on 5 Oct 2012

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