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

Louis XII of France

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 and New Technology: Cannons, Muskets, the Printing Press and Incest Rumors

An example of the precursor of the musket

The Borgia miniseries has highlighted some of the technological advances of the Renaissance, to its credit. The writers haven't always gotten the details right, but they are good at showing the essence. … [Read more...]


A Borgia Daughter Dies - cover

My .99 cent e-book ($7.19 paperback)  is selling well and getting great reviews on Amazon.  Check them out: … [Read more...]

Caterina Sforza: What a Woman!

Contessa of Forli, also

She is an actual historical figure, and the writers of the Showtime Borgia series have spent two episodes setting her up for her most famous line: … [Read more...]