What kind of kid was Lucreiza? A pretty happy one, apparently. I think it’s fun to know that Lucrezia loved long baths. I mean, I know every lady magazine will tell you that is the number one thing you should be doing to relax and that you probably ought to be in a bathtub right fucking now, but at the time, it was seen as the height of eccentricity. I like this fact because it seems to indicate that she wasn’t afraid to be different.
She was certainly better educated than most women of the era – she studied music, poetry and the classics. She was also said to be somewhat flighty – she loved dresses and conversation. And she was also a stone fox, with long blonde hair that went to her knees. Though almost every woman from a powerful family during this period was said to be a beauty, in Lucrezia’s case it was probably true.
And she adored her father. She called him Papa, and was raised by his cousin. While it was considered okay for Alexander to have children even though he was a Cardinal in the church at the time, it was not considered appropriate for Lucrezia to be raised by his mother. However, every historian seems to agree that Alexander adored his children and he visited them constantly.
However, it is speculated that the lack of female role models in her early life, and being forcibly separated from her mother, could have troubled Lucrezia and contributed to her unusually close relationship with her father and brother.
And it made her sleep with her father.