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| Paolo ||as played by Luke Pasqualino|
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| PAOLO PREVIOUS SEASONS|
|We know nothing of his background other than the fact that he is Giovanni Sforza's stable boy. He falls deeply in love with Lucrezia almost at first sight. He is aware of the abuse committed upon Lucrezia by his master, and comforts her with his presence. Francesca, Lucrezia's maidservant, is also sympathetic to Lucrezia's plight and aids Paolo in covering up an affair between the two young lovers during her life at Pesaro. When Giulia Farnese travels to Pesaro to gather knowledge of the Sforza's stance concerning an impending French invasion, she also learns of Lucrezia's pregnancy (despite Lucrezia not having taken her husband to her bed in months), and enlists Paolo to facilitate an immediate escape to Rome. When the Lord Sforza learns of the womens' escape, he whips Paolo for information, but Paolo remains steadfast and suffers without giving up their location/route.|
Paolo learns that he is the father of Lucrezia's bastard son, Giovanni, and travels to Rome to see them. After a tense confrontation with Juan Borgia at the Fountain of St. Agatha, Lucrezia gives him a cryptic message in front of Juan to meet her at the fountain at midnight. After Cesare discovers her secret meeting, he arranges for a one time tryst at Vanozza's home for the next night, and Micheletto escorts Paolo to see Lucrezia and meet his son for the first, only, and last time. He leaves in the early morning hours, only to be followed by men intent on murder--hired and led by Juan Borgia, whose disgust of peasants reaches its pinnacle in dealing with "Narcissus".
He is eventually given a Christian burial. Cesare performs the rites, and both Lucrezia and Baby Giovanni give him his last kiss. Paolo, like the characters of Ursual Bonadeo and Alfonso D'Aragona, was far too innocent and "good" to survive the barbary of his time.
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Son: Giovanni, illegitimate with Lucrezia Borgia
Romance(s): Lucrezia Borgia
Friends:Francesca the attendant/maid, Beatrice (a Roman prostitute)
Enemies:Giovanni Sforza, Juan Borgia
| Allies:Giulia Farnese,Cesare Borgia, Micheletto Corella|
Victim(s): None, though he shouldn't have gone to Rome
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