The episode begins with Black Heart walking through an area that has been massacred by plague. There are rotting corpses all around. He covers his face, while he tears out a piece of cloth from a rotting corpse with his sword and puts it in a bag. In Naples, Micheletto brings to Lucrezia her infant son, while the citizens are mourning King Ferdinand’s death. At the papal court, Rodrigo tells the consistory that there will be a huge celebration, to mark the year 1500, which is next year. He says that he wants the celebrations to be the greatest the church has ever seen. ..