The King of France invades Italy but Cardinal Della Rovere is appalled at the violence and destruction the first battle brings. He obtains the King's permission to try and negotiate a peace with the Florentines, who quickly agree to all of their demands. Realizing that everything they have worked for is at risk, the Pope contacts the Spanish envoy. Cesare meanwhile traces Ursula to a nunnery but she refuses to renounce her vows and leave. Despite Sancia's marriage to his younger brother Gioffre, Juan continues his affair with her in secret. The Pope's mistress, Giula Farnese, visits Lucrezia and is disturbed by what she finds.- Written by garykmcd
Even cardinal Della Rovere is clearly appalled by the brutality of the invasion war he called for, especially the wiling destruction, carnage and pillage of Lucca so as to terrorize all cities likely to resist the French king and his novel artillery. Even mighty Florence sees no choice but agree to shocking terms. The pope is determined to resist, but his army is insignificant and the meager allies desert, even the in-law Sforzas, and against Cesare's advice, papal Gonfaloniere Juan is made commander in chief, while he is much happier performing kid brother Joffre's marital duties to Sancia. Paolo and Lucrezia enjoy romantic days without brutish master Giovanni Sforza, s when his broken leg heals, she arranges for him to fall again. The cardinals oppose the pope's plan to force city-states by threatening with collective excommunication. King Ferrante of Naples finally dies and his son Alfonso wonders if the throne is still worth fighting for against such odds.- Written by KGF Vissers
Della Rovere convinces the French king to invade Milan and is aghast at the slaughter while Cesare discovers the abbey where Ursula has retreated after her husband's death.- Written by firstname.lastname@example.org
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