With the King of Naples dead, Lucrezia sends for her son. The year 1500 is approaching and Pope Alexander has declared it to be a year of jubilation. Expecting large numbers of pilgrims in Rome, he wants the Church to provide the spectacle they will expect. He wants the cardinals to come up with money-making ideas. He also puts pressure on the representatives of the Constantinople Jews who came to seek permission to live in Rome, to contribute to the holy crusade against the Turks. Yet they have a different contribution in mind. The plague has returned and Caterina Sforza looks to use it as a weapon against the Pope. Cesare returns with his own army countering the Sforzas influence and intent on taking Milan. He quickly gains several allies. He is outsmarted however.
Did You Know?
The Longinus of the spear is Gaius Cassius Longinus, a Roman centurion. He allegedly pierced Jesus' side to prove he was dead. If he was still alive, the Romans were prepared to break his feet. The rationale behind that is that it would hasten death, not allowing the prisoner to push up on his feet to breathe. According to traditional Christian belief, water and blood gushed out of Christ's side when it was pierced and came into contact with Longinus' eyes. Although the Roman soldier had failing eyesight, his vision was restored. Longinus left the army and joined the Apostles, becoming one of the earliest clerics in the First Church. See more
When Cesare enters Milan with the french army, he finds Leonardo da Vinci's bronze horse partly dismantled, because the Duke of Milan had it molted down for cannons. In reality, Leonardo's horse existed only as a full-size clay model, from which a bronze horse should be made. The casts and 70 tons of bronze were ready when in 1494 the bronze was needed as cannons to defend the city, so the final bronze horse was never molded. The clay model was still the one in Milan when the french invaded Milan in 1499. See more
Mattai the Hebrew
[Negotiating with Pope Alexander
We poor Jews have little in the way of coin, but we are rich in history.
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Written by Trevor Morris See more