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The Borgias is a historical-fiction drama television series created by Neil Jordan; it debuted in 2011 and was canceled in 2013.

The series is set around the turn of the 16th century and follows the Borgia family. It stars Jeremy Irons as Pope Alexander VI with François Arnaud as Cesare, Holliday Grainger as Lucrezia and David Oakes as Juan. Colm Feore also stars as Cardinal della Rovere.

The series follows the rise of the Borgia family to the pinnacle of the Roman Catholic Church and their struggles to maintain their grip on power. The beginning of the first season depicts the election of Rodrigo Borgia to the papacy through simony and bribery, with the help of his sons, Cesare and Juan. Upon winning the election, Rodrigo Borgia becomes Pope Alexander VI, which then thrusts him and his family deep into the murky heart of politics in fifteenth-century Europe: from shifting loyalties within the College of Cardinals to the ambitions of the kings of Europe to the venomous rivalries between the noble families of Italy at the time.

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The Pope, pleased with the current standing of his family and their successes, decides to hold a pagan celebration in Rome for the common people. Whilst hunting he and Giulia discover a hidden alcove of art dedicated to pleasure, that he has removed and placed in the Vatican. Here he meets a young art apprentice, Vittoria, a lady disguising herself as man to whom he is attracted. Giulia, knowing that her lover has strayed whilst she was away, fears she will lose him and also befriends Vittoria. Meanwhile the King of France is suffering from the plague in Naples and captures Prince Alfonso, proceeding to torture him with the devices used by his own father on those who displeased him.

Posted by George Freund on February 11, 2017 at 12:43 PM 479 Views