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Who is Lucrezia Borgia?
Lucrezia (sometimes as Lucretia) Borgia is one of the most notorious historical females ever produced. She finds herself much in the same role as Caligula (another decadent Roman centuries before her time): a willing participant in murder. She is also wrongly portrayed as a mistress of that ever-growing Pandora's Box- poison.

Biography
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Was she really?
While admittedly one of the more vile of historical characters, we often portray her in a light she doesn't deserve. Incestuous- possibly. Party to murder- most definitely. Loving mother- absolutely. Dedicated poisoner... Well, the jury's still out on that one! It could be that we may yet stumble upon striking evidence that Lucrezia Borgia is responsible for score upon score of poson-related deaths at some unknown point in the future. However, to date, evidence confirming that she did indeed poison people has not been discovered. Also, her trademark hollowed-out poison storage ring has been proven by historians to be nothing more than a myth, an historical flight of fancy that- while amusing- is as far from the truth as the genetic makeup of a fruit fly is from that of a dodgeball. It was likely a rumor circulated by enemies of the Borgia family, much like rumours in a high-school girls' lockerroom.

Family Tree & Links
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Costuming Suggestions
When following the costuming links to the left, please keep in mind the following suggestions:

  • Use cotton velvet instead of synthetic. Not only will it drape and sew more like period velvet, it *breathes* and will keep you blessedly cooler than modern synthetic velvets. Totally worth the extra cost per yardage, as the last time synthetic velvet breathed was before the dinosaur who was the source of the petroleum used to make it died.
  • Under NO circumstances should you use stretch panne velvet- or any other stretchy fabric, or any other fabric with a two-way nappe. Firstly, stretch fabrics did not exist- if you really need your fabric to have some give, cut the pattern pieces on the bias. Secondly, I have tirelessly gone over dozens of period portraits, and not one woman or man has been painted wearing a fabric with a two-way nappe.
  • ALWAYS ALWAYS ALWAYS! make a toile (mock-up) of your pattern using cheap broadcloth or muslin. It seems a waste of time and money, but you'll honestly help yourself in the end... toiles help you catch the little things that can go wrong before you start chopping up your expensive fabric and realize it doesn't fit. It also helps you by giving you a dry run of how the pieces will go together, very handy when you need to sew quickly!
  • Avoid most glass beads. These are great for modern-day projects, but back in the day every bead was handmade. If you can, try to get glass beads that are still made by hand, or instead choose metal, crystal, or natural gemstone beads. Most crafting stores have a good selection nowdays.
  • Remember that pearls were in vogue like never before during Italy's Renaissance period. Long strands of naturally colored glass pearls, pearl brooches, pearl cufflinks, pearl details on clothing items like hats, bodices, doublets... You name it, you put pearls on it, and you'll go a long way to looking like you know what you're doing!
  • Details make the costume. If you have short hair, buy a wig. If you're playing royalty, make sure your hands and clothes are as clean as possible. Accessorize correctly. Wear the right period hat with the right clothing and shoes. The Devil's in the details, but they help you make it work!
  • Just for men, and NOT a suggestion. For God's sake, ALWAYS remember to retie your codpiece after you finish taking a leak... Please? Pretty please? It keeps the rest of us sane, and you from getting an indecent exposure ticket.

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