On the death of Pope Innocent VIII in 1492, Cardinals meet in conclave to elect his successor. Cardinal Rodrigo Borgia has waited all of his life for this opportunity and he is not going to let it pass. With no successful candidate on the first and several successive ballots, he secretly communicates with his son Cesare, advising him on which Cardinals to bribe in order to get their votes. Successfully elected, he moves quickly to establish his control over the Church. As Pope Alexander VI, he also decides that the Pope must not be chaste but be seen to be chaste and tells Vanossa, the mother of his children, that they can no longer have a physical relationship. The Pope is no sooner elected than his son Cesare discovers a plot to poison him at a banquet hosted by Cardinal Orsini.
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Even though Cesare played by Francois Arnaud is older than Juan, actor David Oakes who plays Juan is 2 years older than Francois (Cesare). See more
Handel's "Zadok the Priest" is played during the coronation procession. This piece of music was not written until the mid 1700s - almost 350 years later. See more
[on his death bed
You are afraid to enter, but you must. I am about to meet my maker. I have confessed. And I confess I am very afraid. Colonna. Sforza. Orsini. Borgia.
Della Rovere. You will fight like dogs over this corpse I leave for this throne of St. Peter's. But it was pure once. We have all sullied it with our greed and lechery. Which of you will wash it clean?
It shall be cleansed, Your Holiness, with the tears we shed for you. I swear before the Living God.
The Borgias Main Titles (Instrumental)
Written by Trevor Morris See more