Lucrezia Borgia

Lucrezia's Poison Locket By Alchemy Gothic

Lucrezia Borgia was the illegitimate daughter of Rodrigo Borgia, a powerful Valencian during the renaissance who would later become Pope Alexander VI. The Borgia name became synonymous with ruthless, Machiavellian politics and sexual corruption, with the lovely Lucrezia often cast in the role of the Femme Fatale.

The lady herself is shrouded in mystery, with very little solid fact to support the wild claims of both historians and writers of fiction alike. Although many artists claim to have created portraits at the time, so far none have been authenticated as original pieces of Lucrezia Borgia.

What is known about her is that her family used her beauty and renown to enter her into several politically advantageous and powerful marriages throughout her life, using assassination, treachery and rumour to dispose of her husbands when they became unnecessary.

The first, Giovanni Sforza, is believed to have heard of Lucrezia’s father’s order for his execution, and fled Rome. Due to strong religious power, Lucrezia’s father had the marriage annulled on the grounds of non-consummation. The second husband was the Duke of Bisceglie, strangled by Lucrezia’s brother in a fit of jealousy. Only her final husband, the Duke of Ferrara, appears to have outlived her when Lucrezia died from complications in the birth of her eighth child.

Despite having been wantonly used by her father as a powerful bargaining chip to garner further acclaim, it is clear that Lucrezia was no docile maid. She is believed to have conducted numerous affairs, both in and out of wedlock. This behaviour, along with the ruthlessness of her family, blended to provide the mysterious woman with the deadly reputation of a femme fatale.

Many rumours attached themselves to her name, and while few of them carry real substance, her murderous and poisoning nature persists through film and media. It is an attractive image of a woman seeking to wrest back some control of her life by deciding the fates of others. It is this delectable concept upon which Alchemy have seized, creating several pieces based on the famous rumour of Lucrezia’s hollow ring, within which she kept the poison to finish off her guests.

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