She was expected to sleep with someone at a shockingly early age, though.
Lucrezia was engaged at 11, shortly before her father became Pope, to to Giovanni Sforza, a man related to the ruling family in Milan.
In the Showtime series, Giovanni’s defining trait seems to be “being rape-y” (does it seem like there is at least one rape-y character on every TV show right now? Do I just watch the wrong shows? I feel like this wouldn’t happen with such frequency if I watched New Girl more) but this seems somewhat unlikely.
That marriage was awful, though. Lucrezia was, even as a child-bride of 13, used to the court of Rome. She had a difficult time adjusting to life on a country estate. That doesn’t necessarily mean Giovanni was a monster, he just liked trees and avoiding court intrigue.
Shortly after her marriage that Borgia family decided that they disliked Giovanni very passionately. This was for a lot of reasons, one of which – I want to add my own rumor into the historical mill – was probably because the Borgias hated trees.
And they had sex with trees. Also, that.
No, really, most of their reason for hating him seems to be because the engagement was agreed upon before Alexander became Pope. Once he did become Pope Alexander realized that he might have married Lucrezia to someone more influential if he’d just waited one more year.
By all accounts Giovanni Sforza was a nervous, fidgety, charmless, talentless man – something of a Barney Fife type. Nobody says anything terrible about him. He’s just a dork. I do not associate these traits with being super rapey, but, goodness, that will certainly make Andy Griffith re-runs a lot more interesting.
The Borgia family’s concerns about the marriage aren’t commonly reported to be attributed to his ill treatment of Lucrezia – though Alexander was outraged when Giovanni asked that Lucrezia lived with him at his country estate rather than in Rome where Alexander could see her regularly. They’re supposed to have more to do with the Borgias’ suspicion that he was spying against the Borgias for the Milanese.
He was spying against the Borgias for the Milanese. They were right.