The Borgias (2011–2013)
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The Prince 

Micheletto returns to Cesare briefly to help him destroy the walls of Forli and capture Caterina Sforza and later recruit her assassin Rufio.


Neil Jordan


Neil Jordan (creator), Neil Jordan




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jeremy Irons ... Rodrigo Borgia
François Arnaud ... Cesare Borgia
Holliday Grainger ... Lucrezia Borgia
Joanne Whalley ... Vanozza Cattaneo
Sean Harris ... Micheletto
Thure Lindhardt ... Rufio
Julian Bleach ... Niccolo Machiavelli
Gina McKee ... Caterina Sforza
Peter Sullivan ... Cardinal Ascanio Sforza
Sebastian De Souza ... Alfonso of Aragon
Prometheus Aleifer ... Roberto Orsini
Pilou Asbæk ... Paolo Orsini
Cyron Melville ... Cardinal Farnese
Abraham Belaga Abraham Belaga ... Vitelezzo Vitelli
Björn Hlynur Haraldsson ... Gian Paolo Baglioni (as Bjorn Hlynur Haraldsson)


Cesare calls on Machiavelli to learn what Florence might do if he were to take Forli. He says Florence will do nothing. He teaches Cesare that the perfect crime is one in which there is no suspect - as in the case of Juan Borgia. Such a man, he says, would make a great prince. Pope Alexander muses about the possibility of making the papacy hereditary. He will need a kingdom however to make that happened. Cesare marches his army from Rome to Forli but Caterina Sforza is caught unprepared when Cesare's French army arrives from Milan. Cesare races to Forli and finds that Micheletto has returned with information on how to breech the castle's 12 feet thick walls. He soon turns his sights on Naples but must eliminate one obstacle that is in his way. Written by garykmcd

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Release Date:

16 June 2013 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Korda Studios, Etyek, Hungary See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

16 : 9
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Did You Know?


There was a siege at Forli and during it Caterina asked Cesare to parlay. She meant to capture him, but as he was entering the town, the drawbridge was raised too quickly, and Cesre jumped to safety. After the walls were breached, she and some followers barricaded themselves in a tower. It is sometimes reported that if she had fallen into Cesare's hands, he would have killed her, but she was captured by the French, whose chivalric code prevented them from executing a woman under those circumstances. She was imprisoned in Rome, and according to some sources. raped and beaten by Cesare. She was released by the Pope in 1501 after she had renounced all claims to Forli and other places. She died in 1509 from pneumonia. See more »


[first lines]
Niccolo Machiavelli: I have no servants when here in Rome, my lord. Florence can no longer afford them.
Cesare Borgia: Ah, democracy, Signor Machiavelli.
Niccolo Machiavelli: They say it has its merits.
Niccolo Machiavelli: [after a pause] What would you say is the perfect crime, my lord?
Cesare Borgia: The one without a victim.
Niccolo Machiavelli: [after a negative giggle] The one without suspect.
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Great conclusion....
25 February 2019 | by rusovietSee all my reviews fact so many of the recent historical series (Vikings, The Last Kingdom) have moved we - the 'baby boomers - to be entranced with this medium as opposed to 'feature films'....this one's sole side note, is how the soundtrack reminds one of Peter Jackson's 'Lord Of The Rings' final in the trilogy 'The Return Of The King'.

What is always 'ignored' is the 'special treatment' meted out to the 'powerful' i.e. Caterina Sforza asked her chamberlain to ensure she would die at his hand rather than be placed into such as Ceasera Borgia....'but' all famous 'defeated' 'leaders' - her fate is not too harsh .... rather treated with 'respect' i.e. Feld marshal Friederich Paulus (Stalingrad) Robert E. Lee (Appamatox)....humiliated but accorded what her 'station' deemed her 'right'.....

Great series....should be recommended for history classes yet alas the 'gay' scenes render that a 'no go' but hey Hollywood does keep pushing its' agenda what?

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