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With the French armies defeated and returning to France, the Pope sends Cesare to Forli Palace to deal with Catherina Sforza and Lucrezia's husband Giovanni Sforza, who sided with the French. On the way, they stop at Micheletto's home where Cesare meets his mother. Cesare invites Catherina to kneel before the Pope and kiss his ring but she delays her answer. She doesn't delay seducing him however. The Pope has another problem and travels to Florence where Friar Savarona is preaching to enthusiastic crowds about the decadence of the Church and the urgent need for reform. In Rome, Lucrezia, her mother Vanozza and Giulia Farnese are having an impact. Their first priority is to ensure that the general populace has access to clean water and public baths. They then tour the brothels of Rome to gather information. Cardinal Della Rovere plans to poison the Pope.
Rid of the French threat, the Borgias want revenge on the collaborating Sforzas and for Giovanni's cruelty to Lucrezia and Paolo. Cesare is however first sent to see if submission can be negotiated, and present wife Catherina seems agreeable, as she eagerly welcomes him in her bed, but either side actually considers concessions. While scouting the Sforza stronghold, Forli castle, fitted with daunting French canons, Michelotto has opportunity to visit his naive mother, who believes him to be a successful doctor, and rustic brother Antonello, who prepares his marriage even after they secretly indulge once more in their youthful capital sin, gay love at the cemetery, a capital crime. After consulting the Florentine authorities on the threat purist friar Savanorola's following constitutes, the pope firmly seeks his elimination. Cardinal Della Rovere seeks Alexander's and finds a youthful Domican brother prepared to sacrifice his life to poison the Spanish church corrupter.
Cesare goes to Forli to convince Catherina Sforza to pledge allegiance to the Pope while the Pontiff tries to find a way to buy off Cardinal Savarona.
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