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The Banquet of Chestnuts 

Cardinal Farnese exposes the embezzlement of Cardinal Versucci while the King of Naples insists the consummation of Lucrezia's marriage to his cousin be witnessed.

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The Pope consecrates new Cardinals including Giulia Farnese's brother. He's put in charge of the Vatican's financial records and finds that the treasury has been emptied. The Pope orders that former Cardinal Versucci, who is traveling the countryside, be found and taught the error of his way. Giulia proposes a way to assure the future loyalty of the consistory. Alfonso admits to his cousin King Ferdinand that he and Lucrezia did not spend their wedding night together. When he does get into her bed, she proposes a different kind of relationship. Ferdinand raises the issue of the unconsummated marriage with the Pope and demands that proof be provided that the marriage contract is complete. The Pope hosts a dinner for bankers and merchants from Venice where he accedes to their request to do something about Turkish interference in their trade routes. He declares a crusade against the Turks....and then new taxes are announced. Caterina Sforza's new ally strikes. Written by garykmcd

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pope | marriage | vatican | blackmail | nun | See All (49) »


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5 May 2013 (USA)  »

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Trivia

There was a regular entourage of twenty-five prostitutes in the Vatican during Alexander VI's reign, and they performed erotic dances for the Pontiff's entertainment each evening. They were informally referred to by contemporary sources as "an unlawful herd." See more »

Goofs

The Feast of the Chestnuts occurred in 1501, five years after the death of Ferdinand II although events involving the Neapolitan king and the infamous banquet are depicted as occurring consecutively. See more »

Quotes

Lucrezia Borgia: [Clearly angry and humiliated that she has to consummate her marriage in front of witnesses] The act may be done in the night, but I will have blood for this!
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The Borgias Main Titles
Performed by Trevor Morris
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