Borgia Madness Monday Giveaway #2!!

Welcome to the second Borgia Madness Monday giveaway!!  Thanks to Beth at Sourcebooks every Monday, until the end of the new Showtime series The Borgias, I will be hosting a giveaway for 2 copies of Sarah Bower's Sins of the House of Borgia to some lucky winners and all you have to do is answer a question about the series!

 This week's question is:  

What are your thoughts on the relationship between the Borgia siblings, Cesare and Lucrezia?


A Notorious Duke
An Infamous Duchess
An Innocent Girl

Violante isn't supposed to be here, in one of the grandest courts of Renaissance Italy. She isn't supposed to be a lady-in-waiting to the beautiful Lucrezia Borgia. But the same secretive  politics that pushed Lucrezia's father to the Vatican have landed Violante deep in a lavish landscape of passion and ambition.

Violante discovers a Lucrezia unknown to those who see only a scheming harlot, and all the whispers about her brother, Cesare Borgia, never revealed the soul of the man who dances close with Violante.

But those who enter the House of Borgia are never quite the same when they leave-if they leave at all. Violante's place in history will test her heart and leave her the guardian of dangerous secrets she must carry to the grave.


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  1. I'm a week behind on the series, so I just watched last week's episode where she came home for a visit. I think it's sweet that he loves her so much, but it's a little weird, too. They're a little too physically affectionate with each other, and sometimes it creeps me out. But it's like that with her father, too. I really like the actor who's playing Cesare! Please enter me:

  2. Well, my participation in this week's competition is rather pending last week's results. So if on the offchance I got lucky on last week's one, don't count this as an entry into the competition - but I'd like to answer the question posed anyway. Otherwise, enter me!

    What are my thoughts on the Cesare/Lucrezia relationship in the show? It seems pretty clear to me that they know each other rather intimately and they’re definitely the most important people in each others’ lives. Cesare concerns himself a lot with her safety and wellbeing and her future, he goes out of his way and puts himself at risk just to please her, he cares for her tenderly. Lucrezia is his constant guiding light in a dark world. We see him with other women, but they’re clearly transient and meaningless long-term – Lucrezia is constant and could never stop being of the utmost importance to him, so she’s always going to trump any woman he brings home. I think Lucrezia absolutely adores Cesare, it’s like he’s her whole world. She trusts him completely, with her own life and utterly adores him. He gives her the completely unconditional love that her elder brother Juan is incapable of giving, and that her father Rodrigo is too busy to give. And yet and at the same time the chemistry between them is such, the love of the other person so complete, that it is all that and more, and in my opinion at least it does take on the characteristics of a romantic love, just an unconsummated one. And because it’s unconsummated but so obvious, it keeps ratcheting up the tension, and becomes the singular most important pairing in the show. Other relationships in the show are either transient or consummated very quickly, releasing all the tension involved. Not so with Cesare/Lucrezia. In addition, ironically their love is arguably the purest on the show. Other relationships in the show involve sometimes an element of gain, other times it’s just lust, and even each of them separately gets involved in relationships that are manipulative, abusive, or similar. But in their relationship with each other, they know and love and respect each other, and they’re so selfless for each other. I think Cesare and Lucrezia are genuinely in love with each other. Even the shows’ creators say that they are pitching them as being perfect for each other.

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  3. The obvious incest between Cesare and Lucrezia only adds more intrigue to this story. I think that incest was more common in this time period that one would think. Power is generally at the root of it.

    Connie Fischer

  4. Can't stand it that I don't have this show...ugh! You are so tempting Well it sounds like incest is best is the show's theme and don't know if I like that...creepy! But it does make you wonder and want to watch the show. Also makes me want to read the book...oh yeah!

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  8. Rena,
    I think that the relationship between Ceasare and Lucrezia go beyond that of simply brother and sister. I have read that there may have been incest but that is not definitive. They were however stronly bound being in unique positions as children of Pope Rodrigo VI and their lives so intertwined with all the great religious and political warring factions of the day. I've shared on my facebook page and am a long time follower of this blog.

  9. I think their relationship is intriguing to me. There is more there than meets the eye. At times though, I feel a little uneasy about the two of them. :)

  10. It's obvious that they have some sort of incestuous relationship going on and it's very disturbing, but yet it was common for back then and it spices of the series. I haven't watched last nights episode yet, but I can't wait!.

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  11. The Borgia's like many of the upper crust of Europe would rather pay indulgences and do whatever they like. So consider this since their father was the Pope, they didn't even have to pay indulgences. Who is to say what they wouldn't do when they feared neither Heaven nor Hell. If it were me I would fear my family first.

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  12. In the series, it's really sweet how close and protective Cesare and Lucrezia are of each other.

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  13. I love it, I think in Showtime's show its just lovely. Cesare is so protective or her, he knows when she ceases to be a child. I also love how Lucrezia seems to admire her brother so much, and he is her confidant. I saw a Spanish mini series a long time ago and remember that Lucrezia and Cesare's relationship practically ends when he has something to do with the death of Lucrezia's second husband, I hope this doesn't happen in the Showtime series I'd be heartbroken!

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  14. The relationship between Cesare and Lucrezia is complex, clearly they are intimate but more than that they seem to be two halves of a whole. Their relationship with their father plays a big part in their relationship with each other.

    I would love to win a copy of Sins of the House of Borgia!

  15. I havent watched the series yet but I would like to. Please enter me in contest.

  16. This Borgia Madness is so depressing. Hurry up NetFlix!!!!!! I don't know how much longer I can hold out.

    Please enter me.


  17. I keep hoping that what I've read about their relationship isn't true but given the body language, I think it is inevitable that Showtime will "bring them together."

  18. By the way, I just tweeted here, so +1!/taekwondobabe/status/68334987295989760


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