In the series The Borgias there is a large degree of transparency about the fact that Pope Alexander VI has four children. This is taken to the point where he can marry off said children to political figureheads so as to gain power. Their mother was a Spanish Courtesan so they get no social standing from her.

Is it historially correct that the Pope is so open about his children? Even in the series how is it justified for him to be so open?

I do understand that he did historically aknowledge his children. However there are different levels of acknowledgement. I am asking how he could do so and did he do so to such an extent as portrayed in the series. How could he survive as pope while being so open about his children, to the point where they talk to them as their father infront of most everybody and he offers them in marraige as his children?

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    Not sure why this is getting downvoted. He's asking if the show is historically accurate or not. Seems on topic, to me.
    – Steve-O
    Dec 18, 2016 at 15:57
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    @Steve-O Because there's zero research. From the first lines of en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pope_Alexander_VI : "He is one of the most controversial of the Renaissance popes, partly because he acknowledged fathering several children by his mistresses." Part of the page is especially about this topic: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pope_Alexander_VI#Mistresses_and_family .
    – BCdotWEB
    Dec 18, 2016 at 21:37
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    "I am asking how he could do so" He was the pope, one of the most important people in the world, God's envoy on earth.
    – BCdotWEB
    Dec 19, 2016 at 10:03
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    Yes but the Pope was meant to be celibate....
    – Mirte
    Dec 19, 2016 at 16:30
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    I guess that's where the above mentioned controversy comes from. I live in a Catholic country and there is a rector in one of the villages in my region, who is being open about having a mistress in a different village. Is such openness normal? No, that's why it's controversial. I guess it was the same with Alexander, only in a completely different scale. Dec 20, 2016 at 8:59


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