The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: Reflections on the Renaissance Papacy

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In popular culture, the Renaissance papacy (c. 1417-1534) seems an intriguing mixture of highs and lows.

Prophetic Statebuilding: Machiavelli and the Passion of the Duke

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My interpretation of Machiavelli’s use of Borgia highlights the biblical resonances of Machiavelli’s account of the rise and fall of this exemplary new prince—a prince whom both his subjects and the Florentine himself call by the exalted title “Duke Valentino.”

BOOKS: The Feuding Families of Medieval and Renaissance Italy

The House of Medici - Its Rise and Fall

Put down the Godfather, turn off the Sorpanos, and check out the real Italian families of Medieval and Renaissance Italy!

The Borgias get axed – show cancelled after three seasons

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After three seasons, the TV series focusing on the nefarious Pope Alexander VI and his wild family is being cancelled. The final episode, The Prince, will air this Sunday on Showtime in the US and Bravo in Canada.

The Borgias – Review of Season 3 Episode 6: Relics

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Michelotto reunites Giovanni with Lucrezia, Plague ridden rags are sealed in a box and sent to Rome, Rodrigo negotiates with the Jews, and Cesare builds a bastard army all on this week’s episode of The Borgias.

The Borgias – Review of Season 3 Episode 5 The Wolf and the Lamb

The Borgias - Review of Season 3 Episode 5 The Wolf and the Lamb

On this week’s episode of The Borgias, Lucrezia tearfully gives up Giovanni to Rodrigo and Vanozza. Forces against the Borgias gather at Forli, Cesare makes friends with the French and Rodrigo invites new scandal into his bed.

The Borgias – Review of Season 3 Episode 4: The Banquet of Chestnuts

The Borgias – Review of Season 3 Episode 4: The Banquet of Chestnuts

‘So the King of Naples is to watch me in bed for the good of the family…the act may be done in a night, but I will have blood for this’ ~ Lucrezia

The Borgias – Review of Season 3 Episode 3: Siblings

The Borgias - Review of Season 3 Episode 3: Siblings

Negotiations, marriage, deadly plots and forbidden love are all par for the course this week. It seems nobody can have a normal day in the Borgia household.

The Borgias – Review of Season 3 Episode 2: The Purge

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This week, Rodrigo has lost faith in everything, including God. He finally realizes he’s surrounded by a nest of vipers and his family is in danger.

The Borgias – Review of Season 3 Episode 1: The Face of Death

The Borgias - Review of Season 3 Episode 1: The Face of Death

Plots thicken and intrigue is flying left and right at the Borgia family. It was a non-stop action episode that had you on the edge of your seat the entire time. It was definitely an excellent start to what’s looking to be an exciting season!

The Poisoned Image of the Borgias: A Look at the Public Image of Pope Alexander VI and His Children

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Upon Rodrigo Borgia’s ascension to the papacy in 1492 and assumption of the name Alexander VI, the masses of Rome who watched his parade and celebration with hopeful eyes welcomed him eagerly, despite his wild ways and indiscretions as a cardinal.

The Borgias – Review – SE02 EP10 – The Confession

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‘With my last strength I damn this unholy Pope!’ ~ Savonarola

The Borgias – Review SE02 EP09 – World of Wonders

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On this week’s second to last episode of The Borgias, Lucrezia loses both her suitors, Juan falls deeper into opium addiction while the three amigos, Machiavelli, Cesare and Micheletto bring Savonarola to justice in Rome.

The Borgias – Review SE02 EP08 – Truth and Lies

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As we inch closer to the end of the season, things heat up between the Borgia brothers once more in this episode entitled, ‘Truth and Lies’ , which centres around Juan’s ‘version’ of the truth at Forli.

The Borgias – Review of Season 2 Episode 7 – The Siege of Forli

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Another action packed week of the Borgias begins with Juan’s ‘triumphant’ return to Rome.

The Borgias – Review of SE02 EP06 “Day of Ashes”

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‘Trust me, my name is Borgia’ ~ Cesare Borgia

The Borgias – Review SE02 EP05 “The Choice”

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Review of ‘The Choice’, Episode 5 of Season 2 of The Borgias

The Borgias: Review SE02 EP04 – Stray Dogs

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Review of ‘Stray Dogs’, episode 4 of Season 2 of The Borgias

The Borgias – Review of SE02 EP03: The Beautiful Deception

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This week, on The Borgias, Lucrezia grows up and takes vengeance on Juan for his involvement in Paolo’s murder.

The Borgias – Review SE02 EP02: Paolo

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Review of Season 2, Episode 2: Paolo from The Borgias

The Borgias – Review of ‘The Borgia Bull’ – SE02 EP01

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‘Vengeance shall be ours! We are family, we are ONE! We will only triumph as one!’ ~ Rodrigo Borgia

The Borgias return for a second season

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Billed as the ‘world’s first crime family’ the Borgias second season begins airing tonight on Showtime in the United States and Bravo in Canada.

Lucrezia Borgia – A New Assessment

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Lucrezia Borgia – A New Assessment By Callum Scott-Doyle CLIO Journal of Ancient and Medieval History at Dickson College, Issue 2007 Introduction: The Borgia family, in particular, Rodrigo, Cesare and Lucrezia, have acquired a reputation as one of the most evil families in history. In popular history, Rodrigo (also known as Pope Alexander IV,) is […]

An Introduction to Olympia Morata, a Forgotten, Feminist Voice from Sixteenth Century Italy

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An Introduction to Olympia Morata, a Forgotten, Feminist Voice from Sixteenth Century Italy Webb, Val (Augsburg College, Minneapolis, MN) Sea Changes, Vol.1 (2001) Abstract I met Olympia Morata in the British Library while searching for women lost from history. My search word ‘heroine’ uncovered an 1864 inspirational collection Heroines of the Household. Olympia was the […]

“A Vile, Infamous, Diabolical Treaty”: The Franco-Ottoman Alliance of Francis I and the Eclipse of the Christendom Ideal

“A Vile, Infamous, Diabolical Treaty”: The Franco-Ottoman Alliance of Francis I and the Eclipse of the Christendom Ideal Piccirillo, Anthony Carmen (Georgetown University) Senior Honors Thesis in History, Georgetown University, May (2009) Abstract In June of 1544, the Turkish fleet arrived at the island of Lipari thirty kilometers north of Sicily. The Ottoman admiral Khair-Eddin […]

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