Borgia definition by Webster's New World
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- Borgia, Cesare 1476?-1507; It. military leader & cardinal: son of Pope Alexander VI
- Borgia, Lucrezia 1480-1519; duchess of Ferrara: patroness of the arts: sister of Cesare
Borgia definition by American Heritage Dictionary
Italian family, influential from the 14th to the 16th century, that included the son and daughter of Pope Alexander VI. Cesare (1475?-1507), a religious, military, and political leader, was the model for Machiavelli's The Prince. Lucrezia (1489-1519), the Duchess of Ferrara, was a patron of learning and the arts.