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Author Topic: The Borgias and the Khans  (Read 7278 times)
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« on: May 10, 2011, 12:05:07 PM »

There is a new Showtime series, The Borgias: The Original Crime Family, about the family that helped launch the Renaissance in Italy.



The Borgias certainly had links to the East.  The family name of Genghis Khan was Borjigin (plural Borjigid). 

The Burji were also the contemporary ruling family of Mamluk Egypt.  Even after the Ottoman conquest of Egypt the Burji family was restored to power as Ottoman vassals in Egypt.

Lucrezia Borgia (daughter of the Borgia Pope Alexander VI) was married off to a prince of the Sforza family, no doubt the Italian name of the contemporary Persian ruling family, the Saffarids.

The rise of the Medici in Europe parallel the rise of a new ruling dynasty in Persia, the Safavids, and to the conquest of India by the Moghuls (who were in turn closely related to the new Persian ruling house).


The Mughul Dynasty produced two “Prester John” kings, Jahan-gir and Shah Jahan, both of which took wives from the family of Persian (Safavid) magnate Itmad-ud-Daula. The intermarriage of these families led to the Mughul Renaissance of India (and architectural marvels like the Taj Mahal), which mirrored the contemporary European Renaissance of the Medici in the West. Itmad and Medici are suspiciously similar names.

Papa Borgia clearly chose the wrong husband for his beloved daughter Lucrezia.  He should have banked on the Medici and not the Sforzas!

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