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The Borgias: The French King

With her husband wounded, Lucrezia takes the servant to be her lover as another marriage is arranged.

Episode Info

Episode number: 1x6
Airdate: Sunday May 01st, 2011

Director: John Maybury (1)
Writer: Neil Jordan

Alternate Airdates:

UK (sky ATLANTIC) Sep 10, 2011


Guest Stars
Anne LambtonAnne Lambton
As Abbess
Augustus PrewAugustus Prew
As Prince Alfonso
David AlpayDavid Alpay
As Calvino
David BamberDavid Bamber
As Theo
Edward AkroutEdward Akrout
As French Captain
Emmanuelle ChriquiEmmanuelle Chriqui
As Sancia, Duchess of Squillace
Joseph KellyJoseph Kelly
As King Ferrante of Naples
Luke PasqualinoLuke Pasqualino
As Paolo
Mark NobleMark Noble
As French General
Michel MullerMichel Muller
As King Charles VIII
Mickey SumnerMickey Sumner
As Francesca
Peter Sullivan (1)Peter Sullivan (1)
As Cardinal Ascanio Sforza
Ronan VibertRonan Vibert
As Giovanni Sforza
Ruta GedmintasRuta Gedmintas
As Ursula Bonadeo
Alan WestawayAlan Westaway
As Neapolitan Ambassador
Main Cast
Jeremy IronsJeremy Irons
As Rodrigo Borgia
François ArnaudFrançois Arnaud
As Cesare Borgia
Holliday GraingerHolliday Grainger
As Lucrezia Borgia
Joanne WhalleyJoanne Whalley
As Vanozza Cattaneo
Lotte VerbeekLotte Verbeek
As Giulia Farnese
Colm FeoreColm Feore
As Giuliano Della Rovere
David OakesDavid Oakes
As Juan Borgia
Aidan AlexanderAidan Alexander
As Gioffre Borgia


The scene opens with Lucrezia putting an ointment on Giovanni’s leg to help with the pain. He says that Lucrezia has been nice to him and tells her that he will forgive the bad blood of the Borgia family. She holds back a sneer and carries on. He asks if she can ride out a wild stallion named Devil. She agrees. Meanwhile, Naples Ambassadors come up and offer the illegitimate daughter of the King, Sancia, and says that an Independent Naples would be in Rome’s best interests. He uncovers a painting of Sancia and Juan laughs and says that Joffre is only 13 years old and that Sancia is much too old. However, the Ambassador says that he had thought Juan was going to marry her. Juan gets up in arms about it and Rodrigo silences him and tells the Naples Ambassadors that they have to talk about it. ..

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Other Episode Crew

CreatorNeil Jordan
Executive ProducerJames Flynn  |  Sheila Hockin  |  Neil Jordan
Co-ProducerBill Goddard
Consulting ProducerSteve Matthews
Costume DesignerGabriella Pescucci
HairstylistJudit Halász
Music ByTrevor Morris
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