The End of the Borgias

The Sforza castle, Milan

How devastating that Showtime is cancelling the Borgia series, without finishing the saga!  The Showtime miniseries truly ended in the middle of things. I was so looking forward to their Leonardo da Vinci! If you want to learn the entire saga of the Borgias and  Caterina Sforza in a fun way, … [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...]

Fictional Murders in “The Borgias” miniseries

Arquebus from the Borgias' time

Season 3, Episode 7 of the Showtime Borgia Series is completely fictional.  Cesare Borgia did not assassinate either Benito or Ludovico Sforza: the former is fictional and the latter died in a French prison … [Read more...]

Did Lucrezia Borgia poison the king of Naples and other musings

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Hooray!  The Showtime Borgia miniseries actually features some real history in third season Episode 6, giving me something to blog about! Did Lucrezia poison the king of Naples, though?  … [Read more...]

The Borgias Season 3 – All Fiction So Far

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Since the Showtime Borgia series began I have been pointing out what is fact and what is fiction. (I know the difference because I worked hard to keep the history accurate in my .99  historical mystery, A Borgia Daughter Dies.)  The series has  strayed further and further from the historical record, and become stranger and stranger in the process. Season 3  so far is completely fictional, though … [Read more...]