Desmond: Any good stories about Cesare?
Shaun: Are you kidding? He was notorious. Get this: in 1502, his top captains rebelled against him. He made concessions to all of them and they rejoined his army. Then, on New Year’s Eve in 1503, he got them together inside a room in Sinigaglia. Everyone was arrested. Two were put back to back and strangled by Micheletto that very night. The rest were thrown into chains and…and killed a few weeks later.
Shaun: The amazing thing is that Cesare was so friendly during the months before, they never saw the trap coming. Machiavelli called him the master deceiver.
Desmond: So Cesare was pretty secretive.
Shaun: Yeah, he was yeah. Except, weirdly, when it came to sex. After his wedding, he sent a letter to the Pope explicitly describing the intercourse on his wedding night. According to the letter, Cesare and his French bride did the deed eight times.
Rebecca: Isn’t that a Catholic thing?
Rebecca: You’re supposed to send the Pope a letter about your wedding night. It lets the old guy live a little, you know?
Shaun: You know…that sounds quite plausible actually.