Since Showtime’s most recent Micheletto plotline, visits to my site have tripled, so I figure it’s only fair if I make a post specifically honoring Micheletto. As I mentioned in my other post, Sean Harris is perfect for the role of the cold, calculating killer. I stand by that assessment, even after “The Choice.”
The Borgias is not known for it’s historical accuracy. I touched upon it briefly in my review, but this time we’re going to focus on Micheletto. There isn’t much information to be found on him, but what we do know is pretty much ignored by the show. Micheletto was Spanish, like the Borigas, one of the reasons he was kept around, I suppose, and not from Forli. Second, he and Cesare attended school together in Pisa, then later he was known as Valentino’s executioner. In 1503, he was captured and tortured, but he never revealed the secrets he knew about the Borgias, loyal until the day he died in 1508 in Milan. Outside of a few specific murders attributed to him, that’s all we know about the historical Micheletto. In a way, it makes sense, since you wouldn’t want your assassin’s face and history plastered throughout Rome.
That said, there is nothing to suggest that Micheletto’s homosexuality on The Borgias is historically inaccurate. We are talking about a man who was a professional assassin, and even after he no longer had the protection of the Pope, they still couldn’t find enough evidence to hang him for it. If a man like that was skilled enough to avoid the noose for assassination, you can be sure that any affairs he may have been having with other men were also kept under a tight wrap.
I, for one, approve of this new development, if only because it means Neil Jordan’s token gay characters are finally have a more significant plot. Also, they have such beautiful issues, because we have to remember the time frame we’re dealing with.
- Showtime Renews The Borgias for Season 3 (tv.com)
- Review: The Borgias Season 1 (lynnebubbles.wordpress.com)
- Micheletto Tribute – The Borgias (Gay Themed) (youtube.com)