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"The Borgias" The Banquet of Chestnuts (TV Episode 2013) - Plot Summary Poster

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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
  • Despite their failed wedding night, Alfonso and Lucrezia make up. When his king Ferdinand II of Naples hears the wedding hasn't been consummated, he demands and gets a 'guarantee': he and a Borgia of her choice -Cesare- witness the newly-weds making love. Cardinal Versucci did not only set fire to the Vatican treasury records but also 'stole back' various deeds to return to monastic and other worthy causes. Micheletto finds him and witnesses his suicide. The pope creates new cardinals, including mistress Giulia Farnese's unambitious brother, but fears they'll soon be corrupted just as badly. Giulia devises a partial solution for that problem and the empty treasury, just now a 'crusade' against the advancing Turks must be organized: the cardinals are invited to an orgy where they can bid on the clothes of prostitutes dressed as nuns, Burchard makes records as blackmail ammunition. Duke Francesco Gonzaga, now allied to Catherine, openly accuses his wife of adultery with the pope. Cesare leaves to find a French bride and sell the king's papal brief of dispensation to divorce his horrid queen dearly.

    - Written by KGF Vissers
  • 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.

    - Written by duke1029@aol.com

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