Previously on The Borgias: Well, let’s see. Juan got so out of control that even Lucrezia wanted him dead, but it was Cesare who finally succeeded in offing him, mostly to save his own family. Caterina Sforza refused to knuckle under, and has sworn to bring down the Borgias. Micheletto’s gay, and just as badass as ever; Lucrezia chose a new fiancé; and last but not least, Della Rovere hatched a plot to poison Alexander that may have succeeded.
On 9 March 1566, Mary, Queen of Scots, though it’d be nice to have a little dinner party with David Rizzio, a singer and musician whom she’d made secretary for relations with France. Unfortunately, Rizzio’s Catholic religion and close relationship with Mary had made him unpopular with some of the more insane noblemen at court, who decided Rizzio had to go. While Mary and David … Continue reading Dinner Party Fail
On June 13, 1373 the Anglo-Portuguese treaty was signed by King Edward III of England and King Ferdinand and Queen Eleanor of Portugal, establishing a treaty of “perpetual friendships, unions, [and] alliances” between the two countries. The treaty, which became the Anglo-Portuguese Alliance thirteen years later with the Treaty of Windsor, is still in effect and is thought to be the oldest treaty in the … Continue reading Old Friends
On March 13, 1881, Alexander II, Tsar of Russia, was assassinated by a bomb in St. Petersburg. Unlike many of his predecessors (and the tsars who came after him), Alexander was fairly liberal minded. He freed the serfs, earning him the nickname Alexander the Liberator, moved to develop Russia’s natural resources, and attempted to reform all branches of government. On the very day he was … Continue reading The Death of Reform