|NAME: ||Lucrezia Borgia|
|CANON: ||The Borgias|
|HOMEWORLD: ||Rome, 1494|
|BUILD: ||Slender and petite|
|HAIR: ||Blonde with curls|
|SCRUBS: ||Nacy Blue|
|DEMEANOR: ||Sweet, romantic, and innocent|
In the beginning of the series, Lucrezia is little more than a child. While she understands what her brothers are doing to help their father become elected Pope, she still views the world innocently. She doesn't recognize the extent of the hatred her family receives. She holds idealistic notions of love, shocked especially when Djem tells her that men often beat their wives. Even in her marriage to Sforza, Lucrezia expected him to love her. It's only during their wedding night that the illusion is shattered.
Despite this, she still maintains a level of innocence. Her love for Paolo being born from it, as well as her belief that men can be inherently good, as for example with the French King.
She's extremely kind and welcoming to people of all stations. She befriends a maid in her husband's home, Francesca, often speaking to her as she would an equal. She also begins a love affair with a groom, showing non of the arrogance that the nobility often bestowed on the lower classes. She loves him for himself, not for his station. She is the only one of the Borgia family to show scruples when it comes to using others, having a level of humanity that the others don't.
One of her sweeter traits is her lack of judgement. This is shown most clearly in her friendships with Djem and Giulia Farnese. Djem bears a great deal of scorn and scrutiny because of his faith. Even the Pope isn't above referring to him as a heathen and infidel, but Lucrezia doesn't. She shows a great deal of affection for the prince, even hinting at first love. Giulia is another friend. While Vanozza hates Giulia initially, Lucrezia doesn't, often confiding in Giulia and seeking her advice when it comes to men. Her relationship with the Pope doesn't matter in her eyes. She sees the person, not the faith or the position.
She isn't above acting to preserve her own interests or protecting herself. Notably, she pours water on the floor to injure her husband to keep him from reclaiming his marital rights. She happily lets Paolo break his leg, if only to get some peace away from Giovanni. She later humiliates him by declaring him impotent so that her marriage to him can be annulled. This will later develop in the show, having her grow into a power house in her own right, but the seeds are planted early in the season.
This coincides often with the use of her charm. Lucrezia knows how to wield her charm for her own benefit as well as for her family. She steps up into this role while she is held captive by the French King. She openly flirts with him and peppers him with comments, earning his respect and devotion. This culminates in her ability to keep Charles from entering Rome by force, sparing the lives of her family and the people. She is able to diffuse the conflict in the open field that nearly lead to Juan's defeat and/or death.
Above everything else, Lucrezia is a romantic. When Djem dies, she continually sees him in her dreams and often kisses him, holding fast to that first love. With her first lover, Lucrezia calls him "Narcissus" because of his divine features. She believes wholly in love and chases after it with often devastating consequences. Her affair with Paolo, for example, leads to him being whipped by Sforza and then later being killed by Juan. Her affection for Cesare slowly shifts into something deeper and abnormally close. She is so desperate for love that she often makes bad decisions, which later in the series, has her sleeping with Cesare.
She doesn't give up her dreams or romantic ideals, which are the greatest aspects of her personality.
Through backroom deals and bribery, Rodrigo Borgia gains the throne of St. Peter, becoming Pope Alexander VI. Lucrezia becomes a pawn in her father and her family's ambitions. She becomes a valuable tool to gain alliances, as the beginning to the series deals with possible marriages for her. The issue of dowry and also troops shifts the scales in favor of Giovanni Sforza, an Italian noble with a prestigious history.
During this time, Lucrezia meets and befriends Prince Djem, her first love. He is soon after murdered, as the price on his head goes towards her dowry. Swept up with the idea of romance and love, Lucrezia turns to Giovanni Sforza, assuming that he would feel the same for her. However, her wedding night destroys that innocence. Her husband shows her nothing but disdain, often mocking her for being a Borgia.
As he hurts her every night, to give her some relief, his groom, Paolo loosens the straps to Sforza's saddle. This causes him to break his leg, rendering him immobile for months. During this time, Lucrezia begins a love affair with Paolo, consummating their relationship by a pond where she names him "Narcissus."
Plots continue to grow against her father, as Cardinal Della Rovere invites the French to invade Rome and help him topple Alexander from the throne. Many of the clerics and nobles flee Rome, as the nobility turns against the Pope, including Sforza. Giulia Farnese (Alexander's mistress) rides to Sforza's estates to visit Lucrezia. She discovers that Lucrezia is pregnant and steals her away during the night to return to Rome.
They are captured along the way by the French King, Charles. In his camp, they charm the homely king and gain his affections, using that as a means to convince him into marching through Rome peacefully, sparing the lives of the Roman army. The Papacy is safe and Charles continues on to Napels. Meanwhile, Lucrezia's marriage to Sforza is declared null and void due to lack of consummation caused by impotence.
Lucrezia is placed in a nunnery to wait out her confinement where she eventually gives birth to a boy. With her family again, the Borgias celebrate their power and the decimation of their rivals with a pagan-like festival. Her thoughts aren't far from Paolo as she dresses as Echo for the event. The Borgias are still in the ascendancy and united as one. For now...