→ Lucrezia Borgia + red
léa seydoux as lucrezia borgia
sophie turner as giulia farnese
sebastian stan as cesare borgia
ian mcshane as pope alexander vi
FERRARA, 1509. Two years since the death of Cesare Borgia at Viana, and six since Pope Alexander VI breathed his last to the delight of all Italy. In the gilded rooms of the Castle Estense, Lucrezia Borgia, last remaining member of the once glorious House of Borgia, is awaiting the birth of her fourth child when Giulia Farnese arrives unexpectedly on the steps of her castle. In a series of interlocking memories, the two women recall the rise and fall of a dynasty; from the sunsoaked plains of Xativa to the shadowed intrigues of the Eternal City, and finally to the meteoric fall from grace of the family that had, for a few short years, ruled Christendom.
Woven, always, into the stories these two old friends share by firelight, is the figure of a man known to the world as Il Valentino; hated by many, feared by all, and forgotten by none. In the corners of the palazzo, Cesare Borgia lingers. In books Lucrezia keeps by her bedside, the Spanish oranges which perfume the room, and the sword she keeps encased in glass - inscribed, in a boast made too early, with the words aut caesar aut nihil - the memory of the man who had inspired Machiavelli’s greatest work lives on within his sister’s four walls.
You don’t do me justice, sis. Lucrezia waits. Lucrezia speaks. Lucrezia remembers.
I want my innocence back.
RIP Lucrezia Borgia (d June 24, 1519)
Our most clement Creator has given me so many gifts, that I recognize the end of my life and feel within a few hours I shall be out of it, having however first received all the holy sacraments of the Church […] To your grace I commend my lord Consort and my children. Lucrezia’s last letter to pope Leo X
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