The complete truth about Lucrezia Borgia will never be known. It seems clear that she was much more of a pawn in the hands of her powerful family than she ever was a malevolent schemer. Sometimes, truth is stranger than fiction.
Although no one knows the entire truth behind the life of Lucrezia Borgia, most historians agree that she was an enlightened ruler, kind and decisive in time of war, the wife of a nobleman, and a patron of the arts showing great generosity to poets and artists.
One family was the House of Medici. As Ancient Pages mentioned earlier, the Medici family were bankers at heart, and they are often referred to as Renaissance Godfathers. Today the “Rothchild’s perhaps?”
Of all of the princely houses of Renaissance Italy, few were more prominent than the Borgia family. Born in Rome, Lucrezia was the illegitimate daughter of Vanozza and Cardinal Rodrigo Borgia, who later became Pope Alexander VI. Her father used the beautiful Lucrezia to further his political ambitions by arranging three marriages for her.
The Borgia family became richer and more powerful than ever, but their road to success was dishonest, and they didn’t hesitate to murder those who stood in their way. There was a public side of the Borgias and a private side that was much darker.
Throughout history, women labeled as evil have made their mark. Many historians believe that Lucrezia was definitely a misunderstood femme fatale.
In the year 1833, Donizetti published his opera, Lucrezia Borgia, where he pronounced Lucrezia as a cruel murderess who poisoned her family’s enemies. Although she never actually poisoned anyone, that unfortunate association with her name has continued to this day.
In 1492, Pope Innocent VIII died. The three most likely cardinals to succeed him were Rodrigo Borgia, Ascanio Sforza, and Giuliano della Rovere. The outcome of this papal conclave was not dependent on the moral character of each candidate, but on the money that each of them could procure. In the end, it was Rodrigo who won, and he took the papal name Alexander VI.
In other words, Rodrigo quite literally bought the papacy.
The House of Borgia continued to exist until the middle of the 18 th century. However, later members of the family did not reach the level of fame attained by Alfonso, Rodrigo, Cesare, and Lucrezia.
Moreover, the House of Borgia was not as powerful as it was when they had a family member on the papal throne.
Regardless of the origins of the Papal, it is quite obvious they had power and greed in their sights from the very beginning. And who took the fall from grace? WOMEN, beginning with the “Mary’s.” It’s time to remake the origin story with new facts! Lucrezia is just another twisted tale to shift the blame, shift the narrative by using poisonous words.