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|ALFONSO OF ARAGON|| as played by Sebastian De Souza|
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| ALFONSO OF ARAGON PREVIOUS SEASONS|
| At the end of Season 2 and a long line of suitors, Lucrezia finally finds a good man to love: Alfonso of Aragon. Extremely handsome, sweet as the sweetest apple, kind, loving and chivalrous, he is every princess's ideal of what a prince should be. Sadly he lacks any practical sense of strength, ambition and fierceness--the qualities needed to prosper in the his time--and his goodness and purity ultimately prove him too weak and incapable of surviving a marriage to a Borgia.|
As it was in history, Lucrezia fell in love at first sight with the handsome Duke of Bisceglie upon their first meeting. She plays a trick on him, but isn't angry about it; in fact, we get a sense that he only loves her more for her guile and cleverness. Their engagement is long compared to the one depicted for her first marriage to Giovanni Sforza (spanning four episodes instead of one), but we are shown that he is devoted to her body and soul...well, at least in soul, for Lucrezia discovers just how pure her betrothed is, as he is a virgin who made a vow to St. Agnes to save himself for marriage before he met her. That purity leads to frustration in the very forward and experienced Lucrezia and ultimately culminates in high transgression on her wedding night with her brother Cesare, setting in motion the chain of events that would fell Lucrezia's (almost) Perfect Prince.
His weaknesses are demonstrated in his dealings with his uncle, King Ferdinand II and Cesare Borgia. He has a strained relationship with his uncle, who rejects Lucrezia's illegitimate son by Paolo and refuses to allow the baby to come live with them in Naples after the marriage (and at the same time, Alfonso cowers against the wall when confronted by Cesare about saying nothing during the negotiations for that); he also confronts his uncle about the invitation of Caterina Sforza to his wedding, to which he is harshly schooled by Ferdinand about the "moves of the game", i.e. the game of marriage and alliances. He is also subject to a humiliating demonstration of his prowess--and loss of his virginity--by King Ferdinand II, upon the king's learning that Alfonso's marriage to Lucrezia remained unconsummated. After, it seemed that his and Lucrezia's marriage was a decent one, though Lucrezia soon found distaste in her husband's lack of ambition. From that point, he started to see through to the great love that his wife had for her own brother, and he unravels in its wake.
If it had been another time and another place, Prince Alfonso D'Aragona may have had a chance to live and love as the sweet, noble young man that he was. But like a wide-eyed fawn in the woods, he is far too delicate and idealistic--a "tender creature", according to Cesare--to live long under the cruelty and danger of his times.
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Uncle: King Ferdinand II of Naples
Cousin: Prince Fredirigo/King Fredirigo of Naples
Cousin: Prince Raphael
Romance(s): Lucrezia Borgia
Friends: Probably many since he was a nice guy
Enemies: His uncle, King Ferdinand II, King Fredirigo, Cesare Borgia
| Allies: Lucrezia Borgia, Cesare Borgia (at first)|
Marriage(s): Lucrezia Borgia
Victim(s): Himself (accidental suicide)
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