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Old 07-03-2017, 02:50 PM
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François | Cesare #24: "Never presume that I won't act on my worst instincts." – Cesare to the Romagna nobles

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Cesare Borgia

Cesare Borgia was born in Rome on September 13th, 1475; the son of Cardinal Rodrigo de Lanzol y Borgia, soon to become Pope Alexander VI, and his mistress Vanozza dei Cattanei. He was made Bishop of Pamplona at the age of 15. Following school in Perugia and Pisa where Cesare studied law, along with his father's elevation to Pope, Cesare was made Cardinal three years later. After his brother Juan's death, Cesare became the first person in history to resign the cardinalate. On the same day the French King Louis XII named Cesare Duke of Valentinois, and this title, along with his former position as Cardinal of Valencia, explains the nickname "Valentino". Cesare's military career was founded upon his father's ability to distribute patronage, along with his alliance with France (reinforced by his marriage with Charlotte d'Albret, sister of John III of Navarre), in the course of the Italian Wars. At the time of his father's death in 1503, Cesare's dominons in the Romagna disintegrated without continued Papal support. In order to smooth the way to his election as pope, Giuliano Della Rovere - later Pope Julius II - made an agreement with Cesare, promising to make him captain of the papal troops again. After the conclave, Cesare surrendered the Castel Sant' Angelo and came to live with Della Rovere in the Vatican. The pope toyed with the idea of using Cesare to stem the Venetians in the Romagna, for he could still attract loyalty not only from the Spanish but also, to some degree, from the people of the province. However, the Venetians claimed that all they were doing was taking the lands of their common enemy, Cesare Boriga. Hence, Julius II asked Cesare for the countersigns of the fortresses that he held (Cesena, Bertinoro and Forlì). In return Cesare received a brief saying that he could go where he liked once the cities had been surrendered. He went to Naples and begun to try to recruit troops but when the Spanish monarchs heard of this they ordered their viceroy Gonsalvo to arrest Cesare. Exiled to Spain in 1504, he was imprisoned in the Castle of La Mota, Medina del Campo, from which he escaped and joined his brother-in-law King John III of Navarre. Subsequently, Cesare was killed in 1507 while fighting for the Navarrese king in the city of Viana, Spain.

In "The Prince", Machiavelli uses Cesare Borgia as an example to elucidate the dangers of acquiring a principality by virtue of another. Cesare also inspired many novels and was portrayed in many movies and television series based on the Borgia's rise and fall. For instance most recently:


The Borgias (TV, 2011) played by François Arnaud
Borgia (TV, 2011) played by Mark Ryder
Los Borgia (Movie, 2006) played by Sergio Peris-Mencheta
The Borgias (TV, 1981) played by Oliver Cotton




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François Arnaud

François Arnaud (born 5 July 1985 in Québéc, Canada) is a French Canadian stage and film actor who trained at the Conservatoire d'Art Dramatique de Montréal in 2007. He is best known for his performances as "Cesare Borgia" in Showtime's TV series The Borgias and as "Antonin" in the critically acclaimed French Canadian movie J'ai tué ma mère. In 2009, he had a part in Sophie Lorain's Les Grandes Chaleurs. In Québéc, François is known for his role as "Théo" in the TV series Yamaska. In 2015, he had a guest part in the Canadian WWII drama X Company and later that year starred opposite Jaime Alexander on Blindspot. In 2017, François took on the role of Manfred in the supernatural drama Midnight, Texas.




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Old 07-03-2017, 02:58 PM
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Thanks for the new thread, Nina!
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Old 07-03-2017, 03:04 PM
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You're welcome, Alex. I updated the OP a bit. And I'll PM you in a moment.
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Okay, thanks Nina! I'm gonna PM you too.
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Old 07-04-2017, 02:59 PM
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Thank you for the hard work, you guys!
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Old 07-05-2017, 06:13 AM
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thanks for creating a new thread for Francois

Here's another more recent photo of Francois with actress Karine Gonthier-Hyndman:

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I think she is one of his co-stars in She's in Portland...I think the the photo was taken during filming of the movie, although I'm not 100% sure...the photo looks very much like a personal family photo so initially I thought she was Francois' girlfriend or something as far as I know, Francois has been single since he broke up with Évelyne Brochu in 2014 (correct me if I'm wrong).
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You're welcome. Portland, OR or Portland, ME? Or is it fictional?

Speaking of Évelyne... maybe I should get myself a subscription for Elle Québéc once I'm stateside again... hm... /random

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Old 07-05-2017, 02:27 PM
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Thanks once more, guys!

It's a lovely pic!
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Old 07-06-2017, 02:42 AM
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yes it is a lovely photo indeed, Francois and Karine look like a cute couple with their dog in that photo for a moment I really did thought she was Francois' girlfriend mmm...maybe she plays his girlfriend in the movie?
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Most likely, yes.
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Old 07-07-2017, 03:30 AM
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I just wanted to let you guys know that it was Francois' birthday on July 5th, so let's all wish him a [belated] Happy B'Day!


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Happy Belated Bdayyyyyyy!
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new teaser for Midnight Texas is out

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Old 07-09-2017, 03:36 PM
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Thanks for the vid, Linda! I can't wait for the end of July! Wait, did I just say that?

Happy Belated Birthday to Francois!
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