Shortly after their marriage, while Lucrezia was pregnant, her brother Cesare was engaged to a political enemy of Alfonso’s. Lucrezia realized that she could no longer be married to Alfonso, and, fearing for his life, Alfonso fled. Lucrezia was heartbroken, but begged her father to assure her new husband’s safety.
Remarkably, it worked. The couple was re-united! And Lucrezia gave birth to a boy named Rodrigo.
Does this make you happy? This made me so happy. I seriously expected Alfonso to almost certainly get stabbed. And he totally did not!
He did get stabbed though. I was happy too soon. He got stabbed in 1500 outside the steps of St. Peter Cathedral. Everyone was getting stabbed in those days. Lucrezia’s own brother (Juan, not Cesare) got stabbed to death and was tossed into a river. Alfonso was carried back to the Vatican, and Lucrezia nursed him day and night. That seems like some serious devotion for a woman who was supposed to be posioning everybody.
Then some assassin came into his room and strangled him.
Cesare. Cesare, Lucrezia’s brother, did it.
Again, many accounts say this was because he was driven mad by jealousy. Seriously, again, I’m an only child – why would you murder your sibling’s beloved husband? I’m not saying that to prove they had an incestuous relationship, I’m saying that as a conversation starter? Why would you? I mean, I bet having to follow them on twitter and listening to their weird stories at family gatherings are annoying, yes?
Basically, yes, I think the relationship between Lucrezia and Cesare was off. I don’t know that it was incestuous, but I do not think it was quite normal.