After a heated argument with della Rovere, Rodrigo convinces Pope Innocent to name King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella of Spain, "Most Catholic Majesty". The Medici give a bankrupted Pope Innocent a loan to pay off his son's gambling debts, in return for Giovanni de Medici's seat as a Cardinal. Rodrigo reveals his intention to restore the Saint Peter's Basilica, if he becomes Pope.
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Alessandro Farnese says that the Turks rechristened Constantinople as Istanbul four years prior (the scene takes place in 1492). In reality the official European name of the city continued to be Constantinople until the very dissolution of the Ottoman Empire in 1923. See more
March, 1492. The peninsula of Italy is threatened by invasion from France, and the Muslim Turks. Italy itself is divided into 10 waring kingdoms. At the center are the Papal States, ruled by Pope Innocent the VIII. Rome, its capital, is also divided into waring fractions: the Orsini, the Colonna, and the Borgia.
Written by Cyril Morin See more