The Vatican Princess by C. W. Gortner - Reading Guide - catchsomeair.us: Books
Elsewhere, King Ferdinand learns that Lucrezia and Alfonso's marriage has not been 3x07 Lucrezia's Gambit, David Leland, Neil Jordan, May 26, Devastated, Lucrezia turns to her potions to end his life painlessly with Cesare. Please join us for a discussion of episode 3x07, "Lucrezia's Gambit. movies, although by the end of the episode that was waaayy too much honor for him. . and Vanozza's scenes together this season, their relationship has really evolved to. Her second marriage, by all accounts a loving one, ended at the hands of Cesare , By the time Lucrezia escaped Rome for her third marriage and the Borgia.
Do you think Cesare loved his sister, and how do his actions influence her? Do you feel as if you understand Cesare Borgia? Italy during the Renaissance was very different from the country of today. How do you feel about the Holy See and how a pope exercised power in Renaissance Rome?
What are some of the differences that you found most interesting? Were you surprised by how the Vatican operated during this era? Do you see any parallels to today? How much of a choice did she have?
What are the differences between her first and her second marriage? Do you think she was in love with Alfonso of Aragon?
How do you feel about her choice to keep secrets from him? How does this novel present the dilemmas and limitations that Renaissance women faced? What surprised you the most about how women of this era lived? How did her relationship with her mother affect her? Was Giulia like a sister to her, as Giulia declares, and if so, did Lucrezia reciprocate? Which female character did you most identify with?
What are your impressions of motherhood in this era? Lucrezia clearly loves her father. Discuss her relationship with him. Was Rodrigo Borgia a good father?
How does their relationship evolve? How does she develop as a person from her early girlhood to the final denouement in the book?
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Whatever happened to that husband? In Naples, Lucrezia and Alfonso are getting ready for bed. She wonders if they can be happy now his hateful kinsman is dead and thanks her husband for being kind and patient with her.
He chucks her under the chin and says that kindness never won over a Borgia. Wow, has he got her number or what? Inside, they find Stickyfingers laid on a staircase, in a very bad way. Cesare says there are quicker deaths than burning, and the cardinal urges him to toss up a blade, but still burn the place. Well, that was kind of a squib of a subplot. Alexander comes galloping up just as Cesare, Micheletto, and the servant are tossing the last torches into the already blazing palace.
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Cesare explains what happened and confirms that Caterina was behind this. When did word of that reach the Vatican? Alexander tells him to bring Benito and Ludovico back to Rome in chains. Furthermore, Rome needs arms that Constantinople might provide. Mattai tells Alexander that the real problem with the Turks is the threat to shipping, so if they get rid of the Turkish navy, the problem would resolve itself. Hmm, looks like Alexander has a rather interesting new ally.
Wow, that was a stupid thing to say. What a poor chessmaster he is. Micheletto follows him for a while and catches him down a side street, pinning him to the wall and accusing him of following Micheletto to Rome. Pascal claims he had a friend who paid for his trip.
Micheletto releases him and orders him to follow. The next day, Micheletto washes up at a bucket in the corner while Pascal lies on the mattress and watches him sexily. I feel I need to tip a hat to the show for being so equal opportunity here. Wow, looks like someone caught that episode of Mad Men that aired a couple of weeks back.
Cesare visits his mom, who tells him that Lucrezia feels like her every move is watched. Only a Borgia, it Seems, can truly love a Borgia. Why deny the ourselves the pleasure, for which we're already accused? In the next episode, Lucrezia is obliged to bed her husband Alfonso d'Aragona, before his uncle, for diplomatic reasons.
After Cesare announces the news, Lucrezia is furious and brother and sister embrace painfully. In retaliation, Lucrezia chose Cesare as a witness to the act, to Cesare's despair. Despite their efforts to resume a "normal" relationship episodes 5, 7 and 8Cesare 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. You spent a lifetime pulling away from me.
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