PhoenixFlame, on 16 April 2012 - 10:28 AM, said:
If adorably awful can describe someone, it would be King Charles VIII, lol. He's so funny and seems mild-mannered...until he pillages a city or sticks someone on a Judas' Chair.
I dunno, that seemed completely gratuitious. I don't see why you'd need to add invented cruelty to a story set in 15-16th centuries under the Borgias... there was more than enough hisrorical one.
And Charles VIII was not in any way known for being particularly cruel. He was just a silly young man with dreams of glory, who managed to quickly piss away most of what his famous father and his sister built up during their tenures. Of course his wars caused a lot of suffering, but there is no evidence that he reveled in it.
I agree that the character they made out of Charles is quite entertaining, though. Seemingly shy, self-deprecating and unconsciously funny and then Bam! Terrible things happen.
As far as Lucrezia, maybe since she married two Alfonsos they decided to do away with one. The Naples' Alfonso died pretty quickly. Though I would've LOVED to see Cesare kill him in the show...yes that's sick and depraved but think of the character development!
Indeed, amazing opportunity to end her loving sibling relationship with Cesare with a bang. And it is fairly likely that historically this developement gave her impetus to want to separate herself from the Borgias.
IIRC, she actually asked for the marriage to Alfonso d'Este and personally wooed him via correspondence, likely because she wanted to escape her birth family and stigma associated with them for good.