Lucrezia Borgia’s life: second half

The bell tower of the cathedral at Ferrara

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...]

Showtime “Paolo” Episode on the Borgias Is Pure Fiction

Luke Pasqualino, who plays Paolo on the Showtime Borgia series

The 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. … [Read more...]