4. Lucrezia Borgia Moment: Lucrezia’s Sleep Spell
Lucrezia’s troubles with Alfonso’s family never truly seemed to end. First, she had to deal with his horrid uncle Ferdinand II of Naples, who thankfully met his end.
Then a new king needed to be crowned, which placed two brothers against each other. Lucrezia had to choose between them and unfortunately chose poorly.
Her decision to choose Frederigo of Naples, placed herself and her husband in true danger as they were now prisoners in their own home. When he does reveal how his schemes fooled her, she faints.
She seeks the aid of an old woman she had met once outside the castle walls, searching for herbs and flowers. Trusting her above all others, the old woman, whose methods nearly fall into the witchcraft category, visits with Lucrezia and implies she’s pregnant.
Alfonso immediately corrects her, and it seemed he and Lucrezia had not been intimate in a while, which yes could imply the baby is Cesare’s. But that is not the moment we’re talking about here.
Lucrezia knows she and her husband need to flee and find her brother. With the help of the old woman, they use an herb to place within the drinks of everyone at the castle party.
Everyone, including the guard’s drinks, which results in literally every since person falling asleep. Lucrezia and Alfonso are able to make their escape while the old woman and some of her friends proceed to rob the guests at the castle.
As luck would have it, upon their escape, via carriage, they run into Cesare and several members of his newly founded condottieri, which consisted of young men from the powerful houses throughout Italy. The reunion between Cesare and Lucrezia nonetheless confirms Alfonso’s suspicions that there is more going on between the siblings than originally thought.
5. Lucrezia Borgia Moment: Lucrezia addresses the Cardinals
Lucrezia’s life, as tumultuous as it often appears, also had its moments of shining light. One of which involved her and Giulia Farnese.
Although Lucrezia and the rest of the family quickly learned of Giulia’s status as their father’s mistress, they became quite comfortable around her presence. Regardless of her status with the Pope, she was kind, wise and trustworthy, even when things start going south.
The one person she became closest to was Lucrezia, becoming nearly a second mother to her. As old and grand as Rome was, it still had its problems, specifically the poor.
The two women venture into the city to see the situation firsthand. Lucrezia quickly learns of how much money the Cardinals have and how little goes to the people of Rome.
Both she and Giulia find several unused locations and begin to plan how they can be used to house those in need. But they will need the funding.
Lucrezia’s father, never truly able to deny his daughter, likes the idea and allows her to sit with the Cardinals to discuss her plans. Her quick wit, confidence and sophisticated demeanor is no match for a room of mostly old men.
To appease her and the Pope, they agree to the funds.