The Pope has not yet come to terms with the lightning strike and his new-found piety is to some just an act. Prior Savonarola's excesses continue as do his rants against the De Medicis. The Pope has a plan to deal with him. Cardinal Della Rovere's plot to poison the Pope continues with a young monk preparing to be the assassin. Cesare returns from his visit to the Sforzas and confesses his sins to his father. Cesare wants to take an army north to finish what he started but the Pope admits they do not have the resources. Now that Lucrezia is again free to marry, a new political alliance may be in the offing. Lucrezia isn't keen on re-marrying whoever her father chooses. Machiavelli is in Rome to prepare Piero De Medici's house for his arrival. Giulia, Vanozza and Lucrezia apply pressure on the Curia in order to obtain funds to house the poor.- Written by garykmcd
The pope scolds Cesare's 'failure' to negotiate the Pesaro Sforzas' submission, dismisses his ambition to leave the clergy as general and blames him for failing to find funds, so Lucrezia must be married off again, only she keeps dismissing suitors. Revolutionary evangelical fundamentalist Girolamo Savonarola grossly refuses an offer to be 'bought' with a cardinal's hat, so Cesare is sent to arrest him an heresy charges. Della Rovere tortuously trains the angelic monastic volunteer-assassin Antonello to digest increasing near-lethal doses of mushroom poison. Firenze's ruling banker Piero de Medici flees to Rome but claims he couldn't secure even the Vatican account. Cesare however learn from the opportunistic Florentine minister Niccolo Machiavelli about secret Medici gold transports and mobilizes Micheletto's men to rob one. Lightning striking St.Peter's made the pope force his cardinals to spend Lent in true fasting and allow his ladies trio to equip a poorhouse at the expense of curia cardinals who systematically skinned the Vatican's social funds.- Written by KGF Vissers
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