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Lucrezia Borgia
Lucrezia Borgia infobox 250px
Season(s) 1, 2, 3
Portrayed by Holliday Grainger
First appearance The Poisoned Chalice
Latest appearance The Prince
Episode count 29
Status Alive
Born 1477-1478 (age 22-23)[1]
Residence Rome, Italy
House House of Borgia
Parents Vanozza Cattaneo (mother)
Rodrigo Borgia (father)
Sibling(s) Cesare Borgia
Juan Borgia (deceased)
Joffre Borgia
Spouse(s) Alfonso of Aragon (deceased)
Giovanni Sforza (annulled: deceased)
Significant other(s) Cesare Borgia (lover)
Raffaello Pallavicini (ex-lover)
Calvino Pallavicini (ex-betrothed)
Paolo (lover: deceased)
Children Giovanni Borgia
"I will not be beaten, Djem."
―Lucrezia Borgia[src]

Lucrezia Borgia is a main character in the first, second and third seasons. She is portrayed by Holliday Grainger, and makes her debut in the series premiere.

Lucrezia is the third child and only daughter of Rodrigo Borgia and Vanozza Cattaneo. She is the sister of Cesare Borgia, Juan Borgia and Joffre Borgia, and the mother of Giovanni Borgia. She was married to Giovanni Sforza, but after his family denied the Borgia family their military powers during Charles VIII invasion of Rome, Lucrezia's father had the marriage annuled. Lucrezia had an affair with a stable boy named Paolo during her first marriage, and got pregnant with a son she named Giovanni Borgia.


Season oneEdit

A beautiful young girl who is also wise beyond her years, Lucrezia is the apple of her father's eye. However, this does not prevent him from marrying her off at the earliest opportunity to Giovanni Sforza, a loutish brute whose family rules the powerful city-state of Milan. After becoming pregnant from an amorous affair with the Sforza stable boy, Paolo, Lucrezia flees home to Rome and convinces her father to annul the marriage and publicly humiliate Sforza.[2]

Season twoEdit

After a disastrous arranged marriage ended in annulment, scandal, and an illegitimate son fathered by a stable boy, Lucrezia is determined to have control over her own destiny, much to her father's dismay. She rejects suitor after suitor, but finally settles on Alfonso of Aragon (with her father's approval).[3]

Relationship with Cesare Borgia Edit

Cesare Borgia Edit

Cesare is the Lucrezia's older brother. They seem to be extremely close, and have the strongest bond. Cesare take care of his sister, and just want to make her happy.

In season one, we can see them both really close, very tender with each other. They are in a kind of child complicity.

Cesare fights with his father for the happiness of Lucrezia, who is to be married to the brutal Giovanni Sforza. The young girl is indeed raped by her husband. Cesare suspicious things and wants to kill Sforza. When Lucrezia became pregnant (the father of her child is her lover, a stableboy, Paolo), she trusts Cesare who hide her in a nunnery to annul her marriage.

In season 2, brother and sister grew up and both lost their innocence. Cesare offers to his sister, to whom he is totally devoted, the possibility to meet the father of her child, Paolo. After the death of this one, Cesare takes care of his sister and her child, and even ended up killing Sforza, as he had promised to Lucrezia in season 1.

At the end of season 2, Cesare must make a choice: indeed, his brother, Juan, became a danger to the family, especially for Lucrezia and her baby. Yet Rodrigo asks Cesare to protect his brother and put it in the right way. After Juan had tried to hurt or kill the baby of her sister, Cesare decided to kill him, to ensure the safety of Lucrezia.

In season 3, things change. The relationship of brother and sister is becoming more romantic and sensual. In episode 2, "The Purge", they exchange a brief kiss while Lucrezia is naked on her bed. In episode 3, "Siblings" Lucrezia is abandoned by her second husband, Alfonso of Aragon, during their wedding night. While deciding not to repress the immense love she feels for her brother, she joins him in his room, where they make love.

"- Am I so hard to love?
- No, Lucrezia, you cannot.
- But I must. Only a Borgia, it Seems, can truly love a Borgia. Why deny the ourselves the pleasure ,for which we're already accused?
- Your husband?
- You will be my husband... tonight ".[4]
After this episode, they crossed a barrier. In the next episode, Lucrezia is obliged to mate with her husband Alfonso d'Aragona, before his uncle, for diplomatic reasons. It's Cesare announcing the news. Lucrezia is furious and brother and sister embrace painfully. Finally, Lucrezia chose Cesare as a witness of the act, to Cesare's despair.

Despite their efforts to resume a "normal" relationship (episodes 5, 7 and 8), Cesare and Lucrezia are more related than ever, and in love with each other. They meet for episode 9: After Lucrezia has fled Naples, Cesare had gone looking for her. They kiss passionately in the sight of Alfonso, Lucrezia's husband.

This one only dreams to kill Cesare. They clash briefly in episode 9.

The last episode, "The Prince", is crucial for the two incestuous lovers who express their feelings.

"- Why your touch is the only one that soothes me ... You spent a lifetime pulling away from me. I am tired of that. I am tired of my husband, I am tired of life. The only thing who never tires me is you.
Why? Why we are cursed by the feeling, that feels so... natural... and good ? Why when we are together God seems to sit in the room with us?
And when to you're away ... I manage to forget you. And one touch of you hand and God comes rushing back ...
- God or the Devil?
- Whatever it is, it overwhelmed "[5].
At the end of the episode, Cesare instigated the project to kill Alfonso. Lucrezia suspects it. At night, Cesare came to visit his sister, and he meets Alfonso. This one defies him and accuses him of being in love with his own sister. Cesare can bear more, and fight with Alfonso, when Lucrezia's husband becomes impaled on the sword of his opponent.

Lucrezia is now desperate of being a Borgia. Her husband, in agony, begs her to achieve to kill him. Lucrezia seems administer poison.

The last scene of the series ends with the wish of Cesare. The brother, on top of his sister, who is lying next to her dead husband, touch her face.

"You will be clean, naked, and bloodless again. And mine ..."[6]


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


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

  • Lucrezia with her younger brother Gioffre in The Poisoned Chalice
  • Lucrezia in The Poisoned Chalice
  • Lucrezia in The Moor
  • Lucrezia with her father Rodrigo in Lucrezia's Wedding
  • Lucrezia in The Borgias in Love
  • Lucrezia with her older brother Cesare in The French King
  • Lucrezia with her lover Paolo in The French King
  • Lucrezia in The Art of War
  • Lucrezia with the king of France, Charles VIII, in The Art of War
  • Lucrezia with her lover Paolo in Paolo
  • Lucrezia with her older brother Juan in Paolo
  • Lucrezia with her friend Giulia Farnese in Stray Dogs
  • Lucrezia in The Choice
  • Lucrezia with her father Rodrigo in Day of Ashes
  • Lucrezia with her son Giovanni in The Siege at Forli
  • Lucrezia in The Siege at Forli
  • Lucrezia getting engaged to Calvino Pallavicini in Truth and Lies
  • Lucrezia at her son Giovanni's baptism in World of Wonders.
  • Lucrezia with her son Giovanni in World of Wonders.
  • Lucrezia with her brother Cesare in Siblings
  • Lucrezia in The Wolf and the Lamb
  • Lucrezia in Lucrezia's Gambit
  • Lucrezia with her brother Cesare in Tears of Blood
  • Lucrezia in The Gunpowder Plot
  • Lucrezia with her second husband Alfonso of Aragon in The Gunpowder Plot
  • Lucrezia in The Prince

Family treeEdit

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


  1. Rodrigo Borgia mentions in The Assassin which is set in 1492 that Lucrezia is 14 years old. This makes Lucrezia 22 or 23 years old in the episode Tears of Blood which is set in 1500.
  4. The Borgias, episode 3 "Siblings".
  5. The Borgias, episode 10, "The Prince".
  6. The Borgias, episode 10, "The Prince".

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