The Borgias (2011–2013)
Cesare unites the sons of the five Romagna families with his own army against Forli, and the Pope negotiates for a with Constantinople Jews for a holy relic.


Kari Skogland


Neil Jordan (creator), Guy Burt

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jeremy Irons ... Rodrigo Borgia
François Arnaud ... Cesare Borgia
Holliday Grainger ... Lucrezia Borgia
Sean Harris ... Micheletto
Thure Lindhardt ... Rufio
Gina McKee ... Caterina Sforza
Peter Sullivan ... Cardinal Ascanio Sforza
Charlie Carrick ... Pascal
Sebastian De Souza ... Alfonso of Aragon
Edward Hogg ... Georges D'Amboise
Prometheus Aleifer ... Roberto Orsini
Pilou Asbæk ... Paolo Orsini
Leo Bill ... Cardinal Costanzo
Brendan Cowell ... Mattai the Hebrew
Cyron Melville ... Cardinal Farnese


With the King of Naples dead, Lucrezia sends for her son. The year 1500 is approaching and Pope Alexander has declared it to be a year of jubilation. Expecting large numbers of pilgrims in Rome, he wants the Church to provide the spectacle they will expect. He wants the cardinals to come up with money-making ideas. He also puts pressure on the representatives of the Constantinople Jews who came to seek permission to live in Rome, to contribute to the holy crusade against the Turks. Yet they have a different contribution in mind. The plague has returned and Caterina Sforza looks to use it as a weapon against the Pope. Cesare returns with his own army countering the Sforzas influence and intent on taking Milan. He quickly gains several allies. He is outsmarted however. Written by garykmcd

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Canada | Hungary | Ireland



Release Date:

19 May 2013 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Korda Studios, Etyek, Hungary See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

16 : 9
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Did You Know?


Jewish merchants immigrated to Constantinople in the 4th and 5th Centuries; the first temple was built in 318. These Byzantine Jews were joined by Genoese and Venetian Jews in the 14th Century. When Constantinople fell to Sultan Mehmed II, ruler of the Ottoman Turks, in 1453, the Jewish quarter was burned to the ground. The city had held out against the superior numbers of the Muslim armies for centuries, but the introduction of large and powerful cannon into warfare ultimately breached the city's defenses. See more »


Pope Alexander mentions that oratorios would be performed in the Year of Jubilation, but oratorios did not exist for another hundred years. See more »


Mattai the Hebrew: [Negotiating with Pope Alexander] We poor Jews have little in the way of coin, but we are rich in history.
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Written by Trevor Morris
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