François Arnaud

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«Flesh and Blood»

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Favourite Historical People: Cesare Borgia

Cesare Borgia (1475/76 – 12 March 1507) was an Italian condottiero, nobleman, politician, and cardinal, whose fight for power was a major inspiration for The Prince by Machiavelli. He was the illegitimate son of Pope Alexander VI and after initially entering the church and becoming a cardinal on his father’s election to the Papacy, he became the first person to resign a cardinalcy. His father set him up as a prince with territory carved from the Papal States, but after his father’s death he was unable to retain power for long.