the borgias


the borgias
The Borgias is a complex, unvarnished portrait of one of history's most intriguing and infamous dynastic families. The series begins as Rodrigo schemes his way into the position of Pope, causing him, his two Machiavellian sons Cesare and Juan, and his scandalously beautiful daughter Lucrezia, to become the most powerful and influential family of the Italian Renaissance.

Genre: Drama

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  • Watch the borgias Season 2

    • Episode 10

      Season 2, Episode 10

      aired: Sun, Jun 17, 2012

      While Alexander worries that Juan has not come home, Savonarola is tortured on the rack but will not confess. Cesare, determined to destroy his legacy as well as his body, fakes a confession and Savonarola is burned as a heretic. Meanwhile, a new suitor for Lucrezia's hand - Alfonso of Aragon - arrives in Rome. Playful Lucrezia sets out to play the minx with him as with the others, then surprises herself by falling for him. She announces she will marry him.

    • Episode 4

      Season 2, Episode 4

      aired: Sun, Apr 29, 2012

      Cesare recruits a band of mercenaries to seek revenge on the retreating French troops; the Pope forges more strategic alliances; Lucrezia joins Giulia's quest to aid Rome's poor.

    • Episode 3

      Season 2, Episode 3

      aired: Sun, Apr 22, 2012

      Lucrezia embarks on a hunger strike over her father's refusal to allow a Catholic burial for her lover; the French turn back toward Rome; Della Rovere slips back into the city.

    • Episode 2

      Season 2, Episode 2

      aired: Sun, Apr 15, 2012

      The father of Lucrezia's child travels to Rome but suffers an unfortunate fate at the hands of Juan; the Pope's lovers take him in disguise on a tour of Rome's indigent.

    • Episode 1

      Season 2, Episode 1

      aired: Sun, Mar 25, 2012

      Pope Alexander VI takes a new lover and hosts a grand celebration; the rivalry between Cesare and Juan spills into the streets; Lucrezia tends to her newborn child; Della Rovere escapes assassination.

  • Watch the borgias Season 1

    • Episode 9

      Nessuno (Nobody)

      aired: Mon, Apr 2, 2012

      Abandoned by even his cardinals, Alexander meets King Charles with humility and saves his throne, even eliciting a confession from the conqueror he crowns as the new King of France and Naples; Della Rovere despairs as Charles abandons him; Lucrezia safely gives birth to a son in a convent as the Borgias secure an annulment of her marriage and plot revenge on their enemies.

    • Episode 8

      The Art of War

      aired: Mon, Apr 2, 2012

      The invaders capture a fleeing and pregnant Lucrezia as they march on Rome, but she charms King Charles and is allowed to persuade her brother Juan to withdraw his hopelessly outmatched defensive troops; Pope Alexander VI awaits to learn of his fate as Charles enters the city and makes his way to the Vatican.

    • Episode 7

      Death on a Pale Horse

      aired: Mon, Apr 2, 2012

      The invasion by King Charles of France and Della Rovere proceeds with victory seemingly inevitable as the French sack the city of Lucca and the Italian powers flee to their banner, with Lucrezia's husband Giovanni Sforza poised to join them in the name of Milan; inventor Leonardo Da Vinci (guest star John Lynch) shows his drawings and blueprints for war machinery to the invaders.

    • Episode 6

      The French King

      aired: Mon, Apr 2, 2012

      Della Rovere reaches France and strikes a bargain with its ruler to invade Italy and install him on the Papal throne in exchange for control of Naples; Rodrigo attempts to thwart the invasion through an alliance by marrying his youngest son Joffre to Princess Sancia of Naples (guest star Emmannuelle Chriqui), but Juan nearly sabotages the plan by seducing his prospective sister-in-law.

    • Episode 5

      in Love

      aired: Sun, Apr 24, 2011

      Alternately neglected and abused by her cruel husband, Lucrezia has an affair with Paolo, a handsome stable boy; Cesare strikes a bargain with Machiavelli: deny French troops passage across his masters' lands in exchange for suppression of Savonarola, a fiery preacher of anti-Medici sermons; in love with baroness Ursula, Cesare takes drastic action to get rid of her husband.

    • Episode 4

      Lucrezia's Wedding

      aired: Sun, Apr 17, 2011

      Lucrezia's financially and politically motivated wedding to Milanese nobleman Giovanni Sforza is a disaster thanks to Juan's inappropriately bawdy play in his sister's honor, Cesare's brazen flirting with a married baroness, and the arrival of the Borgia children's illegitimate mother; Della Rovere seeks the aid of the illustrious Medici family and their counselor, Machiavelli.

    • Episode 3

      The Moor

      aired: Sun, Apr 10, 2011

      His coffers depleted by his expensive rise to power, Rodrigo seeks funds through a profitable marriage for Lucrezia that will ally with him Milan, and charges a fee for safe haven in the Holy City to Jews displaced by the Spanish Inquisition; the Borgias host a charming Turkish prince; Micheletto is ordered to rid his patrons of the ongoing threat posed by Della Rovere.

    • Episode 2

      The Assassin

      aired: Sun, Apr 3, 2011

      The new Pope wastes no time consolidating power and balancing opposition to him in the College of Cardinals by elevating his children to high office, installing Juan as head of the papal armies and Cesare as a cardinal and his successor, while seeking a politically fortuitous marriage for daughter Lucrezia.

    • Episode 1

      The Poisoned Chalice

      aired: Sun, Apr 3, 2011

      In the Season 1 premiere, Rodrigo successfully bribes and intimidates his way into an election as Pope Alexander VI, making him the new leader of the Catholic Church; powerful Cardinals Della Rovere and Orsini oppose his rise; the Borgias recruit a talented assassin named Micheletto to their cause.

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