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Giovanni Borgia, 2nd duke of Gandía

Italian: Giovanni Borgia, 2°duca di Gandia, Spanish: Juan de Borja y Cattanei, 2do duque de Gandía, Catalan: Joan Borja, II duc de Gandia
Birthplace: Roma, Lazio, Italia (Italy)
Death: June 14, 1497 (22-23)
Civitavecchia, Lazio, Italy
Place of Burial: Rome, Lazio, Italy
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Son of Pope Alessandro VI Rodrigo de Borja, pope Alexander VI and Giovanna dei Catanei, Vannozza
Husband of María Enríquez de Luna
Father of Juan de Borja y Enriquez de Luna, III Duque de Gandía and Francisca Borgia Enriquez
Brother of Cesare Borgia, duc de Valentinois; Lucrezia Borgia, duchessa di Ferrara, Modena e Reggio and Goffredo Borgia, 1°principe di Squillace
Half brother of Ottaviano della Croce; Pedro Luìs de Borja, I. duque de Gandia; Isabel de Borja and Girolama Borgia

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About Giovanni Borgia, 2nd duke of Gandía

Giovanni Borgia (1474)

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Juan Borgia, 2nd Duke of Gandia (1474 - June 14, 1497) was the brother of the famous Cesare Borgia. According to several sources and opinions, Giovanni might have been only the second of the Pope's four children born in 1475 or 1476, and Cesare was the first-born from the relationship with Vanozza in 1474 or 1475. These doubts arise from contradictory Papal Bulls and letters about Cesare's birth.

(Juan) Giovanni de Candia Borgia was born in Rome to Pope Alexander VI and Vannozza dei Cattanei of the House of Candia. He married Maria Enriquez de Luna, the Spanish betrothed of his deceased older half-brother, Pedro Luis, in September of 1493. He was made 2nd Duke of Gandia, Duke of Sessa, Grand Constable of Naples, the Papal Gonfalonier and General Captain, and Governor of St.Peters.

He was murdered the night of June 14, 1497 near what would later become the Piazza della Giudecca (in the Ghetto of Rome). It has been speculated that his own brother Cesare Borgia had him murdered. His richly attired body was recovered from the Tiber River with 30 golden ducats untouched in the purse at his belt. To the immense grief of the Pope, this act occasioned the heartless epigram by Sannazzaro on the Pope as "fisher of men". Borgia's only attendant was also slain, so there were no witnesses.[1]

Although not proven, there is the possibility that the Juan died at the hands of one Antonio Pico della Mirandola whose "house was near the Tiber" and "who also had a young daughter" - which could explain Juan's remark that he was going to "amuse himself" on his mysterious ride.[1]

Juan and Maria had two children: Juan Borja y Enriquez (also known as Juan Borgia), who became the 3rd Duke of Gandia, and Francisca de Jesus Borja, who became a nun at a convent in Valladolid. This Juan was the father of Saint Francis Borgia.

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Roma, Lazio, Italia (Italy)
January 1495
Gandia, Comunitat Valenciana, Espanya (Spain)
June 14, 1497
Age 23
Civitavecchia, Lazio, Italy
Age 23
Rome, Lazio, Italy