"The Borgias" The Prince (TV Episode 2013) - Plot Summary Poster

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  • Cesare calls on Machiavelli to learn what Florence might do if he were to take Forli. He says Florence will do nothing. He teaches Cesare that the perfect crime is one in which there is no suspect - as in the case of Juan Borgia. Such a man, he says, would make a great prince. Pope Alexander muses about the possibility of making the papacy hereditary. He will need a kingdom however to make that happened. Cesare marches his army from Rome to Forli but Caterina Sforza is caught unprepared when Cesare's French army arrives from Milan. Cesare races to Forli and finds that Micheletto has returned with information on how to breech the castle's 12 feet thick walls. He soon turns his sights on Naples but must eliminate one obstacle that is in his way.

  • Cesare outsmarts Catherina, who believes there's time to complete Forli castle's defenses near-impregnable while Rome's army marches, by sneaking in his French army a week earlier. The siege is airtight, and native Forlite Micheletto comes suggest to Cesare a way in: bombarding the caved soil by a massive tower. Pope and son plan to transform the papal state into a hereditary monarchy including the papacy. When Catherina has been dragged in a gold cage, Cesare enlists her loyal henchman Rufio to eliminate Alfonso, who alas insists on a fatal duel.

  • Micheletto returns to Cesare briefly to help him destroy the walls of Forli and capture Caterina Sforza and later recruit her assassin Rufio.


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