Alternative Armies in support of the expanding Renaissance range is delighted to present the first of our ‘MRP’ series of 15mm scale personalities of the period. Who better to begin this than with one of the most infamous persons of the age Cesare Borgia. Go
Born in 1475 the son of a cardinal in a wealthy and powerful family Cesare Borgia was in his mid twenties when his father became Pope (Alexander VI). After becoming a cardinal himself he then became Captain General of the Papal Army and married in 1499. Made Duke of the Valentinois his main task in his new role was to try and restore effective papal control of the Papal States, and at the same time create a base for a Borgia dynasty in the Romagna. He also conquered the duchies of Umbria and Emilia. His conquests were greatly aided by the French, who contributed troops for his conquests of Imola and Forli and his battles in Rimini, Pesaro and Faenza. He also accompanied the French during their 1501 invasion of the kingdom of Naples. Cesare gained a reputation for ruthlessness, demonstrated when he murdered his sister Lucrezia’s second husband, illegitimate son of the King of Naples who had become a political embarrassment. In 1503 Alexander died. Cesare had hoped to create a hereditary principality in central Italy, but his illness meant that he was unable to compete with his father’s rival Giuliano della Rovere. In 1503 della Rovere became Pope Julius II. Cesare was removed from all of his posts, lost control of his fortresses, and was forced into exile. Cesare died in a fight in 1507.
Cesare became the model for Machiavelli’s Prince, portrayed as a man of brilliant ruthlessness but dubious achievements. He was also a patron of the arts, employing Leonardo de Vinci as an architect, engineer and city planner.
MRP01 Cesare Borgia (Foot and Mounted)
This code contains three miniatures in 15mm scale. Cesare Borgia on foot and as a rider along with a horse. A personality miniature to use any game system or to add to your collection. Use him in Furioso! Supplied unpainted. Go HERE.
This concludes our 15mm Historical releases for the month of June 2021.
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