The Borgias (2011–2013)

The Moor 

Sultan Cem of the Ottoman Empire arrives at Rome. Cesare declines his brothers request of using Michelotto. The Pope tries to decide who is to marry his daughter.


Simon Cellan Jones


Neil Jordan (creator), Neil Jordan

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jeremy Irons ... Rodrigo Borgia
François Arnaud ... Cesare Borgia
Holliday Grainger ... Lucrezia Borgia
Joanne Whalley ... Vanozza Cattaneo
Lotte Verbeek ... Giulia Farnese
David Oakes ... Juan Borgia
Sean Harris ... Micheletto
Simon McBurney ... Johannes Burchart
Colm Feore ... Giuliano Della Rovere
Elyes Gabel ... Prince Djem
Augustus Prew ... Prince Alfonso
Peter Sullivan ... Cardinal Ascanio Sforza
Alexis Latham Alexis Latham ... Neapolitan Courtier
Joseph Kelly ... King Ferrante of Naples (as Joseph M. Kelly)
Jalaal Hartley Jalaal Hartley ... Pinturicchio


Cardinal Della Rovere travels to Naples in the hope of gaining allies against the Borgia Pope. He finds the Neapolitan Prince Alfonso to be quite ruthless. The Pope and his son Cesare, now a Cardinal in his own right, plot their own future and Cesare dispatches his assassin to get rid of Della Rovere. The Pope decides to offer a home to the Jews who have recently been expelled from Spain. His price will be high, however. He also allows diplomatic relations with Islamic Constantinople - again for a princely sum, 40,000 ducats. Lucretia's parents agree that the girl must be married but the Pope decides that the marriage should be such as to protect them all. A marriage to the prince of Naples would be ideal but there are many suitors all with their own proposals. The Pope is concerned with Lucretia's more than passing interest in a young Muslim boy. Cesare and his younger brother Juan are tasked to resolve those concerns. Written by garykmcd

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Release Date:

10 April 2011 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Korda Studios, Etyek, Hungary See more »

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Lucrezia Borgia, upon being told that Prince Djem died of malaria, states that he was killed by a mosquito, but it wouldn't be discovered that the disease is transmitted by mosquitoes until the 19th century. The name "malaria" literally means "bad air", and it was this bad air in swamps that was believed to cause the disease. See more »


Prince Djem: You have news?
Lucrezia Borgia: I'm to be married.
Prince Djem: Oh, my dear!
Lucrezia Borgia: Have you been married?
Prince Djem: I have taken four women to wife.
Lucrezia Borgia: Four?
Prince Djem: Mmmm-hmmm,
Lucrezia Borgia: Where are they now,
Prince Djem: In the Serali of Topkapi Palace in Constantinople.
Lucrezia Borgia: Hoow many wives can you have?
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Written by Trevor Morris
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