To those who don’t know, Cesare Borgia was the oldest son of Pope Alexander VI and Vannozza dei Cattanei and was part of the Borgia family, one of the most powerful families in Italy during the Renaissance, a period that was epitomized by depravity, murder and the sponsorship of the greatest renaissance artists and artwork of all times. Cesare Borgas was the most notorious Borgia, handsome, charming and ruthless accused of murdering his own brother Giovanni, assassinated his officers (which impressed Machiavelli so much that he based the Prince on Cesare), murdered his sister’s second husband and fathered eleven illegitimate children, all before the age of thirty three.
<_____Looks a bit like a rockstar would today.
Above on the left hand side is a picture of Cesare Borgia by Gianfrancesco Bembo.
Now, why am I talking about the Prince again? Because I just discovered a manga that deals with Cesare Borgas. Called Cantarella, it is a book by You Higuri. that talks of Cesare’s father trading Cesare’s soul for his success to the Devil. Thus, Cesare is portrayed as a sympathetic character who is hurt by his father’s rejection of him and is protected by evil spirits. He is taunted by his step brother Juan and loves his sister Lucretia with a love that is more than brotherly. I might buy one of these books soon though I really doubt whether its historically accurate. For more information on the manga , go here
UPDATE: So, it seems there is a triangle between Chiaro (an assasin sent to kill him), Lucretia and Cesare. Ahem, definitely not historically accurate.