It’s up: Da Vinci Detects Murder and Sex: A Mystery of Homosexual Persecution in Renaissance Italy Featuring Its Greatest Artists

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Thousands of historical murder mystery fans have enjoyed A Borgia Daughter Dies (4 of 5 stars with 150+ reviews on Amazon!), which tells the true history of the Borgia family and of Leonardo da Vinci's early life, with Leonardo as principal detective. Now Leonardo is back, forced by his real-life patron Niccolo Machiavelli to pursue killer(s) and re-live his arrest during the witch hunt for homosexuals conducted by Florence's diabolical Office of the Night. My lawyer friends may be as shocked … [Read more...]

The Second Half of Lucrezia Borgia’s Life

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Lucrezia Borgia spent the second half her life in Ferrara. After two marriages that ended in bizarre and terrible ways--as you will see if you watch the Showtime series-- her last marriage to the Duke of Ferrara, Alfonso I (or Alfonso II if you count how many husbands she had named Alfonso), was relatively tranquil. In fact, her life had a fairy tale quality. She lived in this  giant brick castle, complete with a moat and dungeons underneath. (There would not normally be ice on the … [Read more...]

The Borgias: What Is the Real History?

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An interesting exchange of comments on this website has me once again pondering the difficulties of deciding what is accurate history and what is fiction when writing about Italy five hundred years ago. I feel I should clarify one thing about my earlier posts: when I refer to "fiction" in critiquing the Showtime Borgia miniseries, I am saying that the version of history the Showtime writers chose to portray is inconsistent with any historical account I have seen.  In other words, they looked … [Read more...]

Borgias end of season episodes: almost all fiction

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The Showtime Borgia miniseries has little to do with the real history of the period these days.  It's now easier to identify the rare points of overlap with history, than to point out errors. In the last two episodes of Season 3, this much was historic fact: … [Read more...]