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The Borgias: The Art of War

Lucrezia is captured by the invaders as she tries to flee and manages to charm the king.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 1x8
Airdate: Sunday May 15th, 2011

Director: Jeremy Podeswa
Writer: Neil Jordan

Alternate Airdates:

UK (sky ATLANTIC) Sep 24, 2011

Guest Stars
Bosco HoganBosco Hogan
As Cardinal Piccolomini
David AlpayDavid Alpay
As Calvino
Edward AkroutEdward Akrout
As French Captain
Edward PetherbridgeEdward Petherbridge
As Friar Raphael
Laszlo KonterLaszlo Konter
As Cardinal Colonna
Luke PasqualinoLuke Pasqualino
As Paolo
Mark NobleMark Noble
As French General
Michel MullerMichel Muller
As King Charles VIII
Peter Sullivan (1)Peter Sullivan (1)
As Cardinal Ascanio Sforza
Robert ReinaRobert Reina
As Spanish Ambassador
Ronan VibertRonan Vibert
As Giovanni Sforza
Ruta GedmintasRuta Gedmintas
As Ursula Bonadeo
Vernon DobtcheffVernon Dobtcheff
As Cardinal Versucci
Danny MidwinterDanny Midwinter
As Condottiere 1
Lucy DriveLucy Drive
As Carina
Zoltán SchmiedZoltán Schmied
As Condottiere 2
Árpád CsernikÁrpád Csernik
As Gunner Captain
Main Cast
Jeremy IronsJeremy Irons
As Rodrigo Borgia
François ArnaudFrançois Arnaud
As Cesare Borgia
Holliday GraingerHolliday Grainger
As Lucrezia Borgia
Sean HarrisSean Harris
As Micheletto
Lotte VerbeekLotte Verbeek
As Giulia Farnese
Colm FeoreColm Feore
As Giuliano Della Rovere
David OakesDavid Oakes
As Juan Borgia


The scene opens with Giulia going into the stables and waking Paulo. She tells him that he needs not to speak of his affections of Lucrezia. She says that she needs to prepare two horses at dawn. Rodrigo tells Cesare that he had a nightmare that all of Italy has deserted them and that the French army came upon them. He asks to call the Spanish Ambassador and says that it will be the last chance. The next day, Giulia and Lucrezia ride off. Meanwhile, Rodrigo meets with the Spanish Ambassador and he tells that it is impossible what he asks of them. He talks to him privately and Spain says that it would be a war between them and France and that would be horrible. Rodrigo asks if they are truly going to have to face the apocalypse. He kisses the Spanish Ambassador and tells that they have betrayed him. Rodrigo asks where Juan is and he tells that he suspects where he is and he tells him to find him. ..

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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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