The Borgias (2011–2013)

Stray Dogs 

"Stray Dogs" is an episode of The Borgias starring Jeremy Irons, François Arnaud, and Holliday Grainger. Cesare learns that Ursula and others at the convent have been slaughtered by the French, and he plans revenge as the Pope organizes a coalition to attack the retreating French.




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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
... Rodrigo Borgia
... Cesare Borgia
... Lucrezia Borgia
... Vanozza Cattaneo
... Giulia Farnese
... Micheletto
... Cardinal Ascanio Sforza
... Giuliano Della Rovere
... Ursula Bonadeo
... Friar
... King Charles VIII
... Vittoria
... Ludovico Sforza
... Francesco Gonzaga
... Bianca


The Pope salutes Vittoria's clever deception of the French and Cesare urges him to build real cannons for the next time. Cesare races to the convent when he learns that Ursula Bonadeo has died after an attack by the French. Cardinal Sforza suggests that his cousin, Ludovico of Milan, may have a plan to defeat the French. Ludovico proposes that the combined armies of Rome, Venice and Milan meets the French in battle on the field of honor, led by the Duke of Mantua. The Pope agrees but Cesare believes he has a different way of fighting the French. He organizes a small band of men who can attack in the dead of night and then disappear. The prisoners they capture tell him why they attacked the convent. On the night prior to the battle, Cesare and his small band manage to destroy the French supply of gunpowder thereby neutralizing their artillery. Back in Rome, Giulia Farnese advises the Pope of a great many discrepancies with the funds that were destined to the poor. At Giulia's ... Written by garykmcd

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29 April 2012 (USA)  »

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King Charles of France was only 25 during his campaign in Italy. The actor playing this role is more than 20 years too old for the part. See more »


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