The Borgias (2011–2013)

The Banquet of Chestnuts 

Cardinal Farnese exposes the embezzlement of Cardinal Versucci while the King of Naples insists the consummation of Lucrezia's marriage to his cousin be witnessed.


Jon Amiel


Neil Jordan (creator), Guy Burt

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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
Sean Harris ... Micheletto
Thure Lindhardt ... Rufio
Gina McKee ... Caterina Sforza
Peter Sullivan ... Cardinal Ascanio Sforza
Sebastian De Souza ... Alfonso of Aragon
Leo Bill ... Cardinal Costanzo
Simon McBurney ... Johannes Burchart
Cyron Melville ... Cardinal Farnese
Matias Varela ... King Ferdinand II of Naples
Antal Leisen Antal Leisen ... Cardinal Grimani (as Antal Leiszen)


The Pope consecrates new Cardinals including Giulia Farnese's brother. He's put in charge of the Vatican's financial records and finds that the treasury has been emptied. The Pope orders that former Cardinal Versucci, who is traveling the countryside, be found and taught the error of his way. Giulia proposes a way to assure the future loyalty of the consistory. Alfonso admits to his cousin King Ferdinand that he and Lucrezia did not spend their wedding night together. When he does get into her bed, she proposes a different kind of relationship. Ferdinand raises the issue of the unconsummated marriage with the Pope and demands that proof be provided that the marriage contract is complete. The Pope hosts a dinner for bankers and merchants from Venice where he accedes to their request to do something about Turkish interference in their trade routes. He declares a crusade against the Turks....and then new taxes are announced. Caterina Sforza's new ally strikes. Written by garykmcd

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pope | marriage | vatican | blackmail | nun | See All (49) »


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Release Date:

5 May 2013 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Korda Studios, Etyek, Hungary See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

16 : 9
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Did You Know?


The Banquet of the Chestnuts began on the evening of October 31,1501 and did not conclude until two o'clock in the morning, November 1, 1501, All Saint's Day. See more »


The Feast of the Chestnuts occurred in 1501, five years after the death of Ferdinand II although events involving the Neapolitan king and the infamous banquet are depicted as occurring consecutively. See more »


Lucrezia Borgia: [Clearly angry and humiliated that she has to consummate her marriage in front of witnesses] The act may be done in the night, but I will have blood for this!
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The Borgias Main Titles (Instrumental)
Performed by Trevor Morris
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