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Lucreʹzia di Borʹgia


daughter of Pope Alexander VI., was thrice married, her last husband being Alfonso, Duke of Ferraʹra. Before her marriage with the duke she had a natural son named Gennaʹro, who was sent to be brought up by a Neapolitan fisherman. When arrived at man’s estate he received a letter informing him that he was nobly born, and offering him a commission in the army. In the battle of Rimʹini he saved the life of Orsiʹni, and they became sworn friends. In Venice he is introduced to the young nobles, who tell him of the ill deeds of Lucrezia Borgia. Each of them has had some relative put to death by her agency. Gennaʹro, in his indignation, mutilates the duke’s escutcheon with his dagger, knocking off the “B” of his name, and changing Borgia into Orgia (orgies). Lucrezia, not knowing who has offered the insult, requests the duke that the perpetrator may be put to death, but when she discovers it to be her own son gives him an antidote to neutralise the poison he has drunk, and releases him from his confinement. Scarcely is he liberated when he and his companions are invited by the Princess Negʹroni to a banquet, where they are all poisoned, Lucrezia tells Gennaro he is her son, and dies herself as soon as her son expires. (Donizetti’s opera.)

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Entry taken from Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, edited by the Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, LL.D. and revised in 1895.

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