Born as Rodrigo Borgia, Pope Alexander VI
is a subject of fascination for historians and critics of the church alike.
ACTOR Jeremy Irons has left gay rights campaigners bewildered after suggesting same sex marriage could lead to fathers marrying their sons to avoid inheritance tax In a bizarre interview, the star, 64, who plays Pope Alexander VI
in The Borgias, mused: "Could a father not marry his son?
Their history normally focuses on Pope Calixtus III, his nephew Pope Alexander VI
, his son Cesare and daughter Lucrezia.
7 THE TELEGRAPH 1492: The infamous and corrupt Roderigo Borgia bribed enough cardinals to become Pope Alexander VI
Oscar[R]-winning actor Jeremy Irons stars in his Golden Globe[R]-nominated role as Rodrigo Borgia, the cunning, manipulative patriarch of the Borgia family who ascends to the highest circles of power within Renaissance-era Italy to become Pope Alexander VI
There is also a 15th-century edict from pope Alexander VI
on carving up the New World between Spain and Portugal after Columbus's discovery of America, as well as a secret code he used when he was besieged by French troops.
15 said: "To Iran's theocracy and Assad, the Arab Spring excludes the axis regimes, a view not much different from the way Pope Alexander VI
(Borgia) thought of the world outside his own Vatican".
Pope Alexander VI
, against whom Savonarola had preached so vociferously as the epitome of Curial decadence and debauchery and who, after excommunicating the friar, conspired to have him put to death, died in 1503.
In the first episode viewers see head of the family Rodrigo Borgia (played by Jeremy Irons) bribe his fellow cardinals, with the help of son Cesare (Canadian actor Francois Arnaud), to ensure he is selected Pope Alexander VI
The 10-part series stars British actor Jeremy Irons as 'the original Godfather' - Rodrigo Borgia, who bought off his enemies and got himself elected Pope Alexander VI
in 1492, despite having mistresses and children.
1497 Pope Alexander VI
ordered the sealing of a cave in County Donegal, believing it to be the entrance to purgatory.
Washington, January 8 (ANI): A new study by a USC historian sheds new light on how Lucrezia Borgia, the illegitimate daughter of Pope Alexander VI
, became so wealthy during an economic downturn.
Florentine architecture under Lorenzo de' Medici, architecture in Northern Italy, and finally, on the patronage of specific men such as Innocent VIII and Alexander VI
On the twenty-fourth of June, the feast of saint John, in 1497, John Cabot or Caboto allegedly first set foot on the island of Newfoundland and raised two banners: one for Henry VII, King of England, the other for Pope Alexander VI
The work of Bramante in Rome, the way in which his facade design encapsulates Alberti's famous metaphor (the house is a small city), and an overview of papal influence in Roman architecture, exemplified by Alexander VI
and the establishment of the Via Alessandrina (though other references are made also to Bramante and Raffaello), form the subject matter for chapters seven and eight.