The rise to power, and start of a dynasty, of the Borgia family. Rodrigo Borgia ascends within the Catholic Church, becoming Pope Alexander VI. The position brings with it many enemies, internal and state-based, and he has to use all of his abilities of diplomacy, ruthlessness, charm, and the power of the church to stay in power, and alive. Luckily, his children are equally ambitious.
Sex. Power. Murder. Amen.
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Did You Know?
The Borgias were also the subject of Mario Puzo's novel The Family, and were the inspiration for the Corleone family in his best known novel, The Godfather. Rodrigo became Vito, Cesare became Michael, Juan became Santino ("Sonny"), Jofre became Fredo, and Lucrezia became Connie. See more
Caterina Sforza's eldest son's name was Ottaviano, not Benito. None of her sons were named Benito; in fact, Benito is not even an Italian name, but Spanish. The most prominent Italian named Benito, Benito Mussolini, was named after Mexican president Benito Juarez. See more
References The Tudors