by Isabel del Rio
As Yareah magazine has just announced that the second season of TV series is coming soon and as several people has asked me about Alexander Borgia, I am going to write what I know:
He came from a noble Spanish ancestry. But (very important to understand his mentality) his ancestors knew a Spain divided in very many different kingdoms. He became Pope in 1492, when Italy was divides in very many different countries and Spain (precisely this year) has got the unity. Being with the kings ‘Isabel and Fernando’ the country that we know today (well, more or less). Therefore, his idea and Cesar Borgia’s idea (Cesar was his cleverest son) it was not so strange: if Isabel and Fernando had got the unity of Spain, why cannot him to get the unity of Italy under his crown?
In this point, all of the books and films are wrong. They forget this reality to emphasized the Borgia’s ambition and ambition that, in my point of view, was supported by the customs of the whole kings during the Renaissance: France, England, German… had similar problems and struggles among nobles and future powerful kings.
He acceded to the papacy in 1492. In that year, Isabel and Fernando of Spain were at their maximum power: a unified
Spain after defeating the last enemy kingdom of their lands (the Muslims from Granada) and after discovering America. They wanted a Spanish Pope and Alexander VI (before, Cardinal Rodrigo de Borgia) was their best candidate. Then, Alexander VI did not arrive at the throne of St. Peter due to his intrigues (he did, the same as the other cardinals) but due to the power of the Spanish kings.
The rest is a legend, much more beautiful than the reality: Did he have children? Yes, as every Pope of those times. Did he make orgies? Yes, as every Pope of those times. Was her daughter a poisoner? Probably, as the rest of the Italian nobles. Did he hire murderers? Why not? Everybody with political power did that.
Alexander VI was only a politician and he did similar things to the previous and posterior Popes.
But I like legends.
**In the first image: a portrait of Alexander VI.
**In the second image: a portrait of Cesar Borgia, his son, and a fantastic warrior admired by Machiavelli in his book ‘the Prince’.
**In the third image: Lucrezia Borgia in a portrait recently discover (in imaginary portraits, she was more beautiful and seducer).
**The last one is the poster of the TV series: compare Jeremy Irons’ nose with the real one of Alexander VI!!!).