Almanac – April 18

1480 – Lucrezia Borgia born. Daughter of Pope Alexander VI, and Vannozza dei Cattanei. Her brothers included Cesare Borgia, Giovanni Borgia, and Gioffre Borgia.

Lucrezia’s family later came to epitomize the ruthless Machiavellian politics and sexual corruption alleged to be characteristic of the Renaissance Papacy, and  Lucrezia was cast as a femme fatale, a role she has been portrayed as in many artworks, novels, and films.

Very little is known of Lucrezia, and the extent of her complicity in the political machinations of her father and brothers is unclear, although they certainly arranged several marriages for her to important or powerful men in order to advance their own political ambitions.

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1552 – John Leland died. English poet and antiquary.

Leland has been described as “the father of English local history and bibliography”.  His Itinerary provided a unique source of observations and raw materials for many subsequent antiquaries, and introduced the county as the basic unit for studying the local history of England, an idea that has been influential ever since.

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1930 – BBC Radio announced   “There is no news”.

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