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Cesare Borgia
Cesare Borgia infobox 250px
Season(s) 1, 2, 3
Portrayed by François Arnaud
First appearance The Poisoned Chalice
Latest appearance The Prince
Episode count 29
Information
Status Alive
Title Duke of Valentinois
Occupation Gonfalonier of the Papal Armies
Cardinal (formerly)
Bishop (formerly)
Residence Rome, Italy
House House of Borgia
Parents Vanozza Cattaneo (mother)
Rodrigo Borgia (father)
Sibling(s) Juan Borgia (deceased)
Lucrezia Borgia
Joffre Borgia
Spouse(s) Charlotte of Albret
Significant other(s) Lucrezia Borgia (lover)
Catherina Sforza (ex-lover)
Ursula Bonadeo (ex-lover: deceased)
Other relatives Giovanni Borgia (nephew)
"I will protect you... protect our family... with my life if needs be."
―Cesare Borgia to Rodrigo Borgia[src]

Cesare Borgia is a main character in the first, second and third seasons. He is portrayed by François Arnaud, and makes his debut in the series premiere.

Cesare is the oldest child of Rodrigo Borgia and Vanozza Cattaneo, and the brother of Juan Borgia, Lucrezia Borgia and Joffre Borgia.

BiographyEdit

Season oneEdit

Forced into the priesthood against his will by his father, Cesare is in reality violent, dashing, and cavalier. He serves as his father's Consigliore and carries out the most heinous crimes to advance the family's cause. His love for the beautiful but married Ursula Bonadeo brings him to murder her husband and drive her to a nunnery to spend her life in penance.[1]

Season twoEdit

He proves his military and strategic prowess again and again, helping his father amass tremendous wealth and power. While devoted to his sister and mother, Cesare has a bitter rivalry with his brother Juan, causing him to commit the ultimate crime, fratricide, thus threatening the very foundation of the Borgias' power.[2]

RelationshipsEdit

Lucrezia BorgiaEdit

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Cesare and Lucrezia in "The Moor".

Lucrezia is Cesare's younger sister. The two of them are extremely close and that can be seen from the very first episode. He takes care of her and her son and is even willing to kill for them. 

He doesn't want Lucrezia to get married off without her consent and that's often a point of conflict between him and his father, Rodrigo, who prefers political marriages to ensure allies for the family. Cesare is also the one to kill both of Lucrezia's husbands, first stabbing  Lucrezia's first husband Giovanni Sforza with a dinner knife, then killing Alfonso of Aragon as self-defence during a fight.

That he and Lucrezia have committed incest has been rumoured throughout the whole of Italy. They share several kisses, first friendly, then later romantically, and they finally make love when Lucrezia's second husband refused her on their wedding night.

MichelettoEdit

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Micheletto and Cesare in "The Art of War."

Cesare first meets Micheletto at Cardinal Orsini's palace, when he finds the assassin preparing a poison destined for his father and himself. Micheletto tells him that he'd gladly serve him and his father. Cesare then orders him to poison Orsini instead and he does so.

The relationship between Cesare and Micheletto gradually turns into one of mutual friendship and trust. Cesare even entrusts Micheletto with the safety of his family, the most sacred thing to him.  After Micheleto goes into hiding after killing his lover, Cesare confesses that he misses Micheletto's counsel and the communication between them.

Charlotte d'AlbretEdit

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Cesare and Charlotte in "The Wolf and the Lamb".

Cesare meets Charlotte d'Albret during his journey to France. King Louis of France offers her, among other things, to him as a wife, in exchange for the Papal bull that cancels his wedding. Charlotte and Cesare seem to have chemistry right from the start. Both claim to be to each other's satisfaction. None of them seems to really care about whether or not they will truly love each other. Charlotte's dowry is 50,000 ducats and property to match his title of Duke of Valentinois.

Ursula BonadeoEdit

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Cesare and Ursula dancing in "Lucrezia's Wedding".

Cesare first meets Ursula at his sister's wedding to Giovanni Sforza. There, he also meets Ursula's husband, who insults Cesare's mother, Vanozza. Cesare tells him that this calls for something not appropriate at that time and place and then Ursula's husband takes his wife and leaves. Before departing, Ursula asks Cesare to liberate her. Cesare and Ursula meet again when Ursula requests a private confession from him. However, the reason she is there is because she has realized that he intends to fight with her husband. She asks him to promise her not to put himself in harm's way. Cesare however, locates Ursula's husband on the road to Ostia, fights with him, and kills him. Cesare then enters a relationship with Ursula during the three weeks her husband was supposed to be away. Three weeks later, Ursula finds Cesare in the Vatican and informs him that her husband was found in the Tiber, dead. She admits that he gave her joy, though her future is now lifelong penance, and enters a nunnery. Cesare doesn't seem to get over her until she is killed by the French army, which makes him vengeful.

Catherina SforzaEdit

Catherina Sforza shared her bed with Cesare when he was visiting her, insisting that she comes with him to Rome to kiss the Pope's ring. Cesare and Catherina don't seem to feel anything resembling love for each other.

AppearancesEdit

Season one appearances
The Poisoned Chalice The Assassin The Moor
Lucrezia's Wedding The Borgias in Love The French King
Death, on a Pale Horse The Art of War Nessuno (Nobody)
Season two appearances
The Borgia Bull Paolo The Beautiful Deception Stray Dogs The Choice
Day of Ashes The Siege at Forli Truth and Lies World of Wonders The Confession
Season three appearances
The Face of Death The Purge Siblings The Banquet of Chestnuts The Wolf and the Lamb
Relics Lucrezia's Gambit Tears of Blood The Gunpowder Plot The Prince

PhotosEdit

Every photo of Cesare Borgia on this wiki can be seen here.

Family treeEdit

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Rodrigo Borgia
 
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Vanozza Cattaneo
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Charlotte of Albret
 
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Cesare Borgia
 
LucreziaBorgia100px
Lucrezia Borgia
(b. 1477/1478)
 
 
 
Paolo100px
Paolo
Deceased
 
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Maria Enriquez de Luna
 
JuanBorgia100px
Juan Borgia
(d. 1498)
 
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Sancia of Naples
 
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Joffre Borgia
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Giovanni Sforza
Deceased
 
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Alfonso of Aragon
Deceased
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Giovanni Borgia
 

Historical notesEdit

  • Cesare is portrayed as the oldest of child of Rodrigo Borgia and Vanozza Cattaneo in the series, but this is inaccurate with history. The oldest son of Rodrigo Borgia was Pier Luigi de Borgia, the half-brother of Cesare and his siblings.[3]
  • Cesare did not murder Giovanni Sforza. Giovanni died in Pesaro in 1510, outliving Cesare by three years.[4]
  • Juan Borgia never besieged Forli and Ravaldino castle. The city of Forli was taken and Ravaldino besieged by Cesare Borgia in December and January of 1499. (The new year of 1500 did not start until March prior to the adoption of the Gregorian calender many decades later.)[5]

ReferencesEdit

  1. http://www.bravo.ca/Shows/Borgias/Characters
  2. http://www.sho.com/sho/the-borgias/cast/7248/cesare-borgia
  3. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pier_Luigi_Borgia
  4. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Borgias_%282011_TV_series%29#Historical_notes
  5. http://sharetv.org/shows/the_borgias/goofs

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