Lucrezia Borgia: businesswoman

New research by an American historian, Diane Yvonne Ghirardo, may show that Lucrezia Borgia was falsely accused of the murder of her husband, and that she may have been more involved with business than with intrigue.

Ghirardo believes that an economic downturn may have forced the noblewoman to concern herself with revenues from farming, and it was here that she made her fortune. Ghirardo explains: "Lucrezia grasped the untapped potential of thousands of acres of marginal, waterlogged land, but she was too shrewd to employ her own resources to purchase it unless absolutely necessary."