///Mystery: Cesare Borgia killed (Also) his brother John?

Mystery: Cesare Borgia killed (Also) his brother John?

Portrait of Giovanni Borgia, Duke of Gandia

Portrait of Giovanni Borgia, Duke of Gandia

On a warm June evening of 1497, After a lavish dinner, Giovanni (Juan) Borgia, illegitimate son of Pope Alexander VI and its historical lover Vannozza trends, He vanished into thin air, procuring no little concern within the family (the enemies of the Borgias even there were more).

Concern gave way to the deepest despair when, a few days later, the young man's body, He insulted by several strokes of knife, He emerged from the waters of the Tiber.

The hypothesis of murder during a robbery, a practical order of the day in ancient Rome, It was immediately rejected, because John had been found and dressed to the nines, mostly, wearing many gold coins, too attractive booty because any adventurer could give it up.

So, who killed the boy?

Giovanni Borgia in a TV drama

Giovanni Borgia in a TV drama

Alessandro, genuinely desperate for the loss of her son, He could not calm and tried in every way to find the culprit, but without coming to nothing.

But maybe he just had to look around.

A few hours after recovery of the body of Juan, rumors began to circulate in the city, not so veiled, who committed the heinous crime had been Cesare, such a man accustomed to violence and meanness of any kind, it is now regarded as the inventor and first author of any villainy were accomplished in the capital.

Nor it was wrong very, because Caesar was actually a person amoral and ruthless, but enough to desire the death of his own brother?

It is not unlikely, also by virtue of the relationship much more than simply confrontational or competitive which was always elapsed between the two.

Caesar had always felt an insane hatred and jealousy to the limits of paranoia towards his brother John, of which resented that, as firstborn, It was intended to honor the arms and temporal power, while he would have to settle for a much more boring ecclesiastical career; Cesare also considered the older brother inept kissed by fortune, an incompetent whose benevolent fate had reserved undeserved honors, the same ones who felt he deserved for himself but he would never have.

Instead Juan suddenly died and this made it possible to Caesar the much needed political and military career.

If it is true that after centuries the murder of Giovanni Borgia remains a mystery because the culprit was never found, It is just as likely that he was much closer to Alexander VI than the pope himself imagined (Photo gives: wikipedia.org e sho.com).



By |2015-07-29T00:11:26+00:00July 29th, 2015|Events Characters Politics, Modern history|6 Comments

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  1. Francesco De Vito February 24, 2016 at 1:50 pm - Reply

    Caesar was the eldest son of Rodrigo and Vannozza, non Juan! Juan inherited the title of Duke of Gandia after Pere Lluis death, the first son by Rodrigo with another woman. All these certainties on the wickedness of Caesar where they come from? Da wikipedia? please, consult more detailed texts, and do not get sucked in by the “black legend” the Borgia!

    • Maria Paola Macioci February 24, 2016 at 10:10 pm - Reply

      In fact there is no absolute certainty about who was born first of Giovanni and Cesare, but it seems that John's date of birth was “shifted” forward, although in reality it was slightly higher Caesar. If you want to quote a flood of texts AGAINST Cesare Borgia, It is including a historian who called him a “common criminal”. Instead of sniping at the texts that supposedly read I, why not tell us about which of them you read that Casare Borgia was a “good boy”?
      What's written, among its many goodness, Alfonso of Aragon, Perotto and Astorre Manfredi (just to name a few), They have killed yourself? You are going to see that today I find out that the members of the Borgia family so insulted but should be counted among the saints of Paradise…
      PS Returning to the children of Alexander VI, We do not even know how many have had…Be lo sai, enlighten us as well

      • Lucrezia Giulia January 20, 2017 at 7:13 pm - Reply

        I'll answer you as a descendant of Caesar, therefore they are part of certain. Cesare was hardly a saint, but even a monster capitavano fact these crimes in many other families and were hidden, Unfortunately, however, the Borgia family was not so beloved even by the most trusted friends that sometimes even a secret minimum issued from the palace walls to become a huge scandal. I am more than convinced that Caesar was a great man, some letters kept still prove. Definitely my family is not a family of saints (it is not so true because it happens that the grandson of John (Juan) It is precisely a saint: St. Francis Borgia) But in my opinion I do not even burn in hell; the Borgia family is a normal family “noble” humanism. (even if the noble is not a very correct term talking about the Borgia family because it was not a last name of noble until the pontificate of Callistus III)

        • Maria Paola Macioci January 20, 2017 at 11:28 pm - Reply

          First thanks for writing me. I am not agree with the contention that it always does about “the cruel times” where you live and what you think you can ascribe all the blame dodging slyly from responsibility, They have as men and women can make choices. Not all “normal” Renaissance families had the unbridled ambitions of THOSE Borgia (It does not refer to the entire genealogical family tree, that is true, also contemplates a saint, but Rodrigo / Alexander VI, Cesare and Lucrezia), THOSE Borgia for which they were willing to almost everything.
          Cesare Borgia had brutally killing his brother in law, is that of “great deception” that magnificent has only ruthlessness and brutality, is what struck out with infinite malice seventeen year old Astorre Manfredi, and these are just some of the atrocities CERTAIN about him that are enough to make it a negative character who is.
          The Renaissance is not a time “special”, but like all other, with negative and positive traits, negative and positive characters and honestly, personally, everything I've read about Cesare Borgia not allow me to place him in the ranks of seconds.
          Not everyone in the Renaissance were like Rodrigo and Cesare Borgia, Fortunately for 🙂

  2. Florence May 3, 2016 at 8:24 am - Reply

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    • Maria Paola Macioci May 3, 2016 at 6:47 pm - Reply

      Thank you for compliments!

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