Daily Archives: 6 October 2014

“The Borgias and Their Times”

I haven’t been to Paris in almost 10 years, a situation I plan to remedy in 2015.  If I get there before 15 February, I’d love to visit the new exhibition called “The Borgias and Their Times”, at the Musée Maillol.

Cesare Borgia, Pope Alexander VI (Rodrigo Borgia), and Lucrezia Borgia

The Borgias, as portrayed by their contemporaries in pictures from the exhibition.


Showtime’s The Borgias

The Borgias, as portrayed by Showtime TV.

That’s François Arnaud as Cesare, Jeremy Irons as Pope Alexander VI, and Holliday Grainger as Lucrezia in Showtime’s The Borgias.  I enjoyed this series when it ran between 2011 and 2013.  It took some liberties w/history—actually, it took a lot of liberties—but it was much closer to the truth than, f’rinstance, The Tudors, which, as I recall, had the eternally young and beautiful Henry VIII marrying Joan of Arc, Catherine the Great, and Amelia Earhart.