The Borgias were a noble family from the years of the renaissance. Although hailing originally from Spain, they rose to great power in Italy and more than one Borgia became a Catholic Pope. However, despite entrenching themselves in religion, they were known for caring little about morality. They made enemies with many powerful noble families, and have been accused of nearly every depravity you can imagine.
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10. They Held Prostitute Parties in the Apostolic Palace
9. Cesare May Have Had His Own Brother Murdered
8. Cesare Borgia Wore a Mask to Hide the Ravages of Syphilis
7. The Controversy Over Whether The Prince was Complimentary or Satirical
6. Accusations of Incest Among the Borgia Brothers and Sisters
5. Lucrezia Borgia Was Accused of Poisoning Multiple People
4. Alexander VI: The Pope With Many Children, Some Illegitimate
3. Alexander VI was a Cunning Pope but Cared Little for the Dignity of His Office
2. Alexander VI Gave Tacit Permission to Enslave the Natives of the New World
1. One Member of the Borgia Family was Canonized as a Catholic Saint
Celibacy was apparently not mandatory in the Catholic for a number of centuries, in fact, one Pope was said to be the son of a previous Pope. Even today, the Catholic Church has been ordaining married men, so they must not be as strict as they like to pretend.
Francis is also known as the 2nd founder of the Jesuits, which is a order that has unquestionably made massive contributions to science, philosophy, education, and the rule of law. Think about it, #1 is indirectly responsible for the Big Bang theory, some of the best college basketball teams in the US, and Pope Francis.
A master's degree program assignment led me into the research of those Families assigned by the Vatican. After much research, I have learned the most powerful Family, not only via the Vatican, but in the masons, Guilderberg-bilderberg, Illuminaten, global political leadership prime Ministers, parliamentary member in the EU, etc not to mention, even currently, is given the prestigious Honorary Colonel Commission in the United States, Knighthood as descendants to original Templar Knights through Custos Order by Pope Alexander, Borgias in the holy Land, order of the holy Sepulchre (original), proclamations by the United Nations, NATO with a palace dating centuries (Palazzo Verniero) is the VERNIERO Family and all derivative around the globe including diVerniero in South America, Veniero, etc. This family is recognized, without fanfare, as one of the most powerful Families whom silently, continually provide global leadership without issues. They are extremely respected even today through the Advent of Google etc provides easier ways to research. It started with my thesis to Fr. Pietro Verniero da Montepeliso whom was, without notice in the recent storyline "Borgias" (obviously their historical perspective department to insure a accuracy either failed immensely or was not given permission to use the Verniero influence) was a hand picked confidant to the Custos Pope Alexander (Borgias) as his sword (knights Templar) in the holy Land (Sepulchre). To this day, Verniero is in the order. I looked into their involvement even into cosa nostro which shows new York and Philadelphia. The Verniero Family is extremely respected and remains a family of great influence.
"THE DEVILS CHARTER" ~ Jacobean Play 1601 for King James, accuses Alex VI of incest w Lucrezia, and WORSHIPING ASTAROTH. (As per "Daemonologie" by James I) Machiavelli wrote MANDRAGORA about Lucrezia, she is NAMED in the play. Very close similarities between Alex VI and CATHERINE DE MEDICI (of France, but whose Medici uncle was a poisoner, pope, and who used mandrake root to get pregnant by her cheating French husband. Reportedly she also resorted to invoking the demon Asmodeus, there is her famous amulet with his name on it) You left out the INFAMOUS STORY OF THE DEATH OF ALEX VI. That is pretty epic and includes Ceasare. And, the version I heard, was that Ceasare raped Lucrezia and the brothers fought over it (the younger one defending her honor) ; the next morning his body was found "floating in the Tiber river", proverbially. You also left out the IMMENSE ART MOVEMENT of the "suicide of Lucrezia" that stretched from Rome, to the Dutch Masters, to the Flemish Schools, to Russia eventually over a span of some 200 years. EPIC !! (there is an original back story from pre-Christian Rome, also). Apparently one of the papal Borgia apartments has a fresco of Lucrezia jumping off of a balcony. Nobody seems to know how she actually died, either. Most paintings show her with a dagger to her own breast. Historians would disagree with your characterization of her marriages: she wanted to be married but her father kept annulling her marriages because he was incestuously interested in her HIMSELF. Etc The story of his death (according to the Vatican's own historians) includes the birth certificate of Lucrezia's illegitimate child, called "the infant of Rome", which may have been fathered by either Alex VI or Cesare. You also left out how, and why, Alex VI built the Castle de Angelo, that is a very interesting story! And who he murdered (possibly at the wishes of Astaroth) to gain the Throne of St Peter, in the first place. I know for sure, that some of the books in the Library of Alex VI were GRIMOIRES, you can find that out also, if you try, although that is not main stream historical "news". Those were the same grims floating around Paris France and Munich Germany, circa 1515. (look it up!). Re: the portrait of Cesare ~ the version I heard was that the scandal was that Alex VI had his 16 yr old mistress sit for the VIRGIN MARY. That is a very easy to confirm story, since that fresco still exists inside the Vatican. Read the VACTICAN HISTORY, it has a lot more details. The plays are clearly easy to google and so is the "Suicide of Lucrezia" movement. Its harder to find out about Catherine de Medici, but she is likewise quite a fountain of scandals.
I did see a movie The Borgias on Netflix and they were something else but it look like it mirror the actions of the Catholic priests of today sex sex sex has been a mini of downfall in the human race they said his body was so rotten that the people didn't even want to touch it they just dissed it cuz he was such a evil man history repeating itself today it's still sex sex sex
They should make a show of Francis Borgia. A man who went against the grain of society, denied the path set by his family, avoided the tempting filth that was Renaissance politics/noble luxury, and actually followed the words that so many claimed to follow. A man who was a saint among sinners.
As far as I know, "Il Principe" by Machiavelli is not an ironic book. It is a real compliment to way of ruling of Cesare that was certainly a cruel man, but also a smart ruler (especially for that times). In the book there are also sections about how a ruler should use armies, economy ecc. So I really don't think it is ironic
I am descendant of this family through Giovanni Borgia and through the Saint Francis Borgia (who was Giovanni Borgia's grandson). Pope Alexander VI is my 19th great-grandfather. Unfortunately, it is not something to be proud of.
I suppose ther'll be apologists here as well./.... Doesn't matter who it is, theres always someone who'll argue that they weren't THAT bad....... History is written and in stone it shall stay. deal with it.
Cesare and Lucretzia were only sleeping with each other no other family members and they were in love and were in love with each other until their deaths an even in death. I am not so sure about that mask though something about that seems like it was just made up by people
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