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Lucrezia Borgia’s life: second half

Este Castle, Ferrara

Lucrezia Borgia’s home for the second half of her life

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 moat. I happened to get to Ferrara during the coldest early spring in the last thirty years. )

Near the castle, Lucrezia attended church in a pink and white striped gothic cathedral, which had  a pink and white striped bell tower that is leaning a bit, after close to a thousand years.  Here they are:http://us.123rf.com/400wm/400/400/jojobob/jojobob1009/jojobob100900028/7826453-the-historic-piazza-trento-e-trieste-in-ferrara-emilia-romagna-italy-these-medieval-buildings-are-lo.jpg

The  cathedral where Lucrezia Borgia attended church for the second half of her life.

The cathedral where Lucrezia Borgia attended church for the second half of her life.

 

 

 

When Lucrezia tired of her castle or her pink striped cathedral, she could visit the castles and hunting Continue reading

Showtime “Paolo” Episode on the Borgias Is Pure Fiction

Luke Pasqualino, who plays Paolo on the Showtime Borgia seriesThe Borgia series seems to be drifting further away from historic fact as it goes on.  The “Paolo” episode, Season two episode two, is the first in the series that is almost purely fictional.  The characters seem to be adrift from their historical moorings, too.  It’s too bad, because the first season did a pretty good job of getting the essential characters right. Continue reading