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"Holy Father, we should abandon Rome"
| CARDINAL SFORZA PREVIOUS SEASONS|
The character of Cardinal Ascanio Maria Sforza on The Borgias is one of stoicism, but loyalty to the Vatican and to his pope proves that he is more a Borgia than a Sforza. He is Rodrigo's most trusted adviser in the consistory next to Cesare Borgia (before Cesare is released from his vows), and is privvy to a lot of the pope's affairs. A no-nonsense but sometimes very sarcastic man, he sometimes comes off as intimidating with his silent stare and well-chosen words. Only once did he seriously compromise the pope's trust--and life--by contemplating his murder, but as a whole he is a good man in spite of his family name.
We first learn of his shrewdness in the very first episode, "The Poisoned Chalice", where he makes a deal with Cardinal Rodrigo Borgia to exchange his vote for the Vice Chancellery of the Curia, the position with the highest prestige and income next to the pope. That, however, seems to be his only self-serving move until Rufio, a close family friend and master of the art of death, convinces him to murder Pope Alexander VI at the beginning of Season 3. Otherwise, throughout the series he serves as loyal associate and diplomat: He often goes on missions to relay the papal needs/mediate situations, like going to Milan to remind his cousin of where loyalty should be placed in the face of an impending French invasion and going to Florence to try to coax the Friar Savonarola into silence with an offer of a place in consistory. Sadly, the missions Pope Alexander sends him on are often far reaching and futile, due to the pope's in ability to look beyond his own needs/desires.
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Friends: Rodrigo Borgia/Pope Alexander VI
| Allies:Rodrigo Borgia/Pope Alexander VI, Cesare Borgia|
Victim(s): Came close to murdering Pope Alexander VI with a blade hidden in a crucifix
Enemies: Ludovico Sforza, Rufio, Cardinal Giuliano Della Rovere
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