12 Facts About Borgia


House of Borgia was an Italian-Spanish noble family, which rose to prominence during the Italian Renaissance.

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Borgia family stands out in history as being infamously steeped in sin and immorality, yet there is evidence to suggest that this one-dimensional characterization is a result of undeserved contemporary critiques.

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Rodrigo Borgia was born in Xativa, in the Kingdom of Valencia, to Isabel de Borja i Cavanilles and Jofre Llancol i Escriva.

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Borgia studied law at Bologna and was appointed as cardinal by his uncle, Alfons Borgia, Pope Callixtus III.

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Borgia was elected Pope in 1492, taking the regnal name Alexander VI.

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Borgia appointed his son, Giovanni, as captain-general of the papal army, his foremost military representative, and established another son, Cesare, as a cardinal.

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Borgia married Gioffre, his youngest son from Vannozza, to Sancha of Aragon of the Crown of Aragon and Naples.

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Borgia grew up to become a charming man skilled at war and politics.

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Borgia studied law and the humanities at the University of Perugia, then went to the University of Pisa to study theology.

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Borgia needed a candidate who would not threaten his plans to create his own principality in Central Italy.

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Borgia was killed during the battle, in which his army failed to take the castle.

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In series 4 of the sketch comedy TV show Horrible Histories, a song called "the Borgia Family" was featured in the section 'Radical Renaissance'.

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