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The Borgias: The French King

Della Rovere reaches France and strikes a bargain with its ruler to invade Italy and install him on the Papal throne in exchange for control of Naples; Rodrigo attempts to thwart the invasion through an alliance by marrying his youngest son Joffre to Princess Sancia of Naples, but Juan nearly sabotages the plan by seducing his prospective sister-in-law.

Source: Showtime

Episode Info

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

Director: (Unknown)
Writer: (Unknown)

Alternate Airdates:

UK (sky ATLANTIC) Sep 10, 2011

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Guest Stars
Luke Pasqualino
As Paolo
Emmanuelle Chriqui
As Sancia, Duchess of Squillace
Main Cast
Jeremy Irons
As Rodrigo Borgia
Joanne Whalley
As Vanozza
Lotte Verbeek
As Giulia Farnese
Aidan Alexander
As Joffre Borgia
Colm Feore
As Cardinal Della Rovere
Holliday Grainger
As Lucrezia Borgia
David Oakes
As Juan Borgia
François Arnaud
As Cesare 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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