Talk:Cesare Borgia

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  • Aut Caesar, aut nihil.
    • Translation: Either Caesar or nothing (all or nothing)
    • This motto is supposedly inscribed on his sword, as referenced by Yriarte. This device was most likely never adopted because it was not ever displayed by Borgia.
    • Title of a requiem mass that was celebrated in the Santa Maria Church of Viana in Navarra in remembrance of Cesare Borgia.
It is mentioned in Lucrezia Borgia: Life, Love and Death in Renaissance Italy, by Sarah Bradford, Penguin UK, 2005. Here is a Google books link where it appears. Here is the quote:
On 18 August 1498, Cesare put off his cardinal’s robes. A magnificently wrought parade sword he had made earlier that summer symbolized his new personal ambitions for it was decorated with scenes from the life of Julius Caesar with whom Cesare identified. Cesare, who always signed ’Cesar’, the Spanish form of his name and and the one closest to the Roman original, was later to adopt as his motto ’Aut Cesar aut nihil’: ’Either Cesar or nothing’.
I wonder how reliable this is. Thoughts? Huñvreüs (talk) 17:12, 23 July 2019 (UTC)[reply]