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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • 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.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. Italian noblewoman and patron of the arts (1480-1519)
  • n. Italian pope whose nepotism put the Borgia family in power in Italy (1378-1458)
  • n. Italian cardinal and military leader; model for Machiavelli's prince (1475-1507)
  • n. Pope and father of Cesare Borgia and Lucrezia Borgia (1431-1503)

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