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THE BORGIAS SEASON 1, EPISODE 4
"Lucrezia's Wedding"
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Episode Title: Lucrezia's Wedding
The Borgias Episode #: 4
The Borgias Season: 1
Original Air Date: 17 April 2011
Writer: Neil Jordan
Director(s): Simon Cellan Jones
Guest Star(s): Ronan Vibert as Giovanni Sforza, Luke Pasqualino as Paolo , Ruta Gedmintas as Ursula ,Julian Bleach as Niccolo Machiavelli , Mickey Sumner as Francesca, Peter Sullivan as Cardinal Sforza, Steven Berkoff as Girolamo Savonarola , Nicholas Rowe as Baron Bonadeo




Lucrezia's financially and politically motivated wedding to Milanese nobleman Giovanni Sforza is a disaster thanks to Juan's inappropriately bawdy play in his sister's honor, Cesare's brazen flirting with a married baroness, and the arrival of the Borgia children's illegitimate mother; Della Rovere seeks the aid of the illustrious Medici family and their counselor, Machiavelli.




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CHARACTERS IN THIS EPISODE
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Giovanni Sforza and Lucrezia


Name: Lucrezia Borgia
Played by: Holliday Grainger
Plot connections: Given away in a political marriage to Giovanni Sforza

Giovanni Sforza and Lucrezia
Name: Giovanni Sforza
Played by: Ronan Vibert
Plot connections: Lucrezia's new husband, who proves to be abusive


Rodrigo and Giulia
Name: Pope Alexander VI
Played by: Jeremy Irons
Plot connections: Makes political alliance through Lucrezia's marriage to a Sforza


Cesare
Name: Cesare Borgia
Played by: Francois Arnaud
Plot connections:Conducts Lucrezia's marriage ceremony; brings Vanozza to the reception and flirts with a baroness


Cesare and Vanozza
Name: Vanozza dei Cattanei
Played by: Joanne Whalley
Plot connections: Banned from Lucrezia's wedding due to a sordid past


Giulia
Name: Giulia Farnese
Played by: Lotte Verbeek
Plot connections:Publicly displays affection to the Pope, has Vanozza's place of honor at the wedding
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Name: Joffre Borgia
Played by: Aidan Alexander
Plot connections: youngest son of the pope, and his next willing marriage pawn
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Name: Juan Borgia
Played by: David Oakes
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Name: Baron Bonadeo
Played by: Nicholas Rowe
Plot connections: Husband to Ursula

Ursula and Cesare

Name: Ursula Bonadeo
Played by: Ruta Gedmintas
Plot connections: Future lover of Cesare Borgia

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Supporting Cast:

  • Russ Bain - French Soldier
  • David Bamber - Theo
  • Cesare Taurasi - Piero de Medici
  • Johnny Palmiero - Giancarlo
  • Kenneth Collard - Husband (actor)
  • Paloma Oakenfold - Courtesan (actor)
  • Helen Norton - Wife (actor)
  • David Abonui - Son (actor)
  • Mal Whyte - Theatre Manager
  • Robert Reina - Spanish Ambassador
  • Fabiano Dantas Tavares - Native American
  • Justin Avoth - Conquistador
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Lucrezia is deeply disappointed to discover her real mother has been banned from her wedding to Giovanni Sforza, whom she's never met. Meanwhile, Della Rovere goes to Florence to broker a deal with the powerful Medici family and meets with their adviser Machiavelli. At the wedding reception, the bride's brothers Juan and Cesare create serious breaches of etiquette, with the latter causing a scene by dancing and flirting with an influential baron's wife.
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Florence – Cardinal della Rovere in a mad gallop towards the city, the preacher Girolamo Savonarola in the pulpit expounding fire and brimstone to his Florentine flock. Back in Rome, Lucrezia lies in her sickbed tended lovingly by Cesare. She’s saddened by the loss of her friend the Turkish Prince Djem. She shrewdly guesses that his estate has paid the pope enough to meet the agreement of her dowry to wed Giovanni Sforza, who, she notes, has power and fortune enough to make it all worthwhile. Cesare kisses her hand and comforts her. Rodrigo and Vanozza converse outside Lucrezia's bedchamber, worried over her illness. Vanozza is told she is not allowed to attend Lucrezia’s wedding, as it would cause a scandal, due to her past and position in society. “She is my only daughter. You’re breaking my heart, will you break hers too?” Vanozza is devastated. Cesare and Micheletto converse in whispers about the next plot to destroy Cardinal della Rovere. The Assassin, who gives his name as Gian Carlo, shows his face from under his hood of a mendicant friar revealing many scars and Cesare tells him keep cowled. He leaves for Florence to shadow della Rovere.
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Lucrezia’s chambers – Giulia attends a recovered Lucrezia being fitted for her wedding gown. They discuss Giulia’s gown, the wedding, and the arts of love. After asking Giulia if it is alright to dream of loving her dead “Moor” Djem, Giulia replies, “All things are permissible in our dreams.” In another room, Rodrigo and Cesare talk about the wedding dowry, and what to expect from della Rovere’s next machinations against the Borgias. Rodrigo preempts della Rovere’s next move by securing the support of the powerful King of Spain, “ we will strengthen ties with our ancestral home.” Back in Lucrezia’s quarters, Lucrezia asks for a kissing lesson. Giulia kisses her on the mouth. During the fitting of the sleeves, Giulia tells Lucrezia her mother is barred from the ceremony, Lucrezia runs out of the room and confronts her father in tears, is let down and is utterly devastated by the news.
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Florence – della Rovere is shadowed by the assassin in a monks garb. Rome – Juan watches a comedy at an outdoor theatre, and tells the stage manager that vulgarity in comedy is better than tragedy. He hires the troupe for his sister's wedding party. Back in Florence, della Rovere, Piero de Medici, and Niccolo Machiavelli intently discuss della Rovere’s plans for deposing the pope. Della Rovere notes that the pope is playing Spain and France off one another, and to counter this, della Rovere plans to ask the French king to invade Naples. Della Rovere says to de Medici and Machiavelli, “He [Borgia] will weave a web around this Italy…Italy will exist then, my liege, under him.” Machiavelli notes that once the king of France has what he wants – Naples, then he will give the city of Rome to della Rovere – as pope. Della Rovere asks that Florence does nothing as the armies of the French pass through Florence on their way to Rome and Naples. The Medici and his adviser consider the offer.

Rome – Vanozza receives an unexpected visitor, her husband Theo. They embrace warmly, the affection is still very strong between them. Theo comforts Vanozza by telling her it is only to be expected that her right would be usurped by Giulia because of her new status as official mistress and her nobility, which Vanozza is neither. During his visit Cesare walks in and sits down, engages Theo about his status, making him very uncomfortable. Cesare quotes the poet Virgil and appears extra gloomy on the eve of his sister’s wedding.
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Florence – Savonarola prays in an austere cell. Della Rovere comes in, tells Savonarola that he is from… “that cesspit they call Rome”. The preacher tells him of his prophecies – a great army the likes of which have never been seen will engulf Italy, and will be invited by a cleric in red. Savonarola sees castles aflame, blood running through the streets, women and children killed in God’s punishment for the evil reign of the Borgia. He sees the pope’s bloated corpse “discolored by syphilis” as a final vision. Della Rovere needs to meditate on this spiritual guidance and enters the confessional, where the assassin hired by Cesare awaits. Della Rovere confesses he is about to commit a grave sin, to “unleash the chaos of war upon our fair land.” The assassin makes a slip, and gives himself away prompting della Rovere to stab him in the eye.
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Rome – The Spanish emissary presents a New Continent savage in chains before the pope; Cardinal Sforza wants to know about the gold of the New World, Rodrigo of the salvation of their souls. Queen Isabella’s support is guaranteed if the pope grants to Spain religious mandate, hegemony, and rule over the New World. Elsewhere in the Vatican palace Juan attends the rehearsal of the play to be performed at Lucrezia’s wedding feast. Wanting the play to go to the next level he rips the bodice off the actress exposing her bosom, and applauds the sexual vulgarity he asked for and received. Joffre and Rodrigo are discussing the map of Italy and alliances of noble houses, the delicate balance of power he must use to his advantage, while keeping Naples from being too independent. “Your power is great because all kings want to be crowned by the pope," says Joffre, who will marry anyone the Pope chooses if it will help him sleep and they embrace affectionately.
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Giovanni Sforza arrives at the Papal Palace with his retinue, greeted by Juan and the Pope's court. Sforza has few words in return to his gracious greeting and Cesare eyes him suspiciously. Papal audience chamber - The arrival of Lord Giovanni Sforza. The Borgia brothers and Sforza pronounce devotion in chivalrous courtesy. St Peter’s - The wedding ceremony - the lavish group includes Joffre holding Lucrezia’s train, with several noble ladies in the procession behind them. Cardinals line the hall, sumptuously dressed guests fill the church, choral song and incense fills in the air, the pope is wearing the papal tiara, and the halls are strung with garlands. Lucrezia and Giovanni exchange vows, Cesare presides over the rites. Vanozza is upset at home, alone. After the ceremony Cesare violently removes his vestments, and rips open his cardinal robe in an act of utter despair and defiance.
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The dance – Lucrezia and Giovanni dance to traditional court music, the noble couples join them, as every dancer gracefully exhibits their skill, especially Lucrezia. The pope asks Giulia if she is melancholy, and she replies that she hopes these nuptials end up better than her own. Cesare arrives at Vanozza’s palace, takes her to the wedding reception and silently defies his father, who is seething with surprise. Giulia stays the pope, who was about to protest, and asks him to consider Lucrezia’s feelings. He nods to Cesare and Vanozza, in reluctant allowance. The dancers continue. Lucrezia is happy for a brief moment as she welcomes her mother. Lucrezia wistfully hopes Giovanni is better at conversation than he has been so far, as her and Cesare laugh at his utter lack of sprezzatura (the effortless display of grace). Ursula and Cesare make eye contact, instantly attracted to one another. Their connection intensifies during the dance. Ursula’s husband confronts Cesare and ridicules the wedding with the presence of a Spanish courtesan defiling it. Cesare asks him to leave, and he does, grabbing Ursula as he turns to leave. She says breathlessly, “Liberate me!” to Cesare.
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The banquet – the feast degenerates into a drunken bash, laughter and joviality rule the party, as poor Lucrezia is fast asleep on the table. The vulgar theatricals commence as Cesare carries Lucrezia and gently lies her down on her marriage bed. He lingers a moment, heartbreakingly worried about his precious sister. Juan exuberantly makes out with a half-naked actress in the midst of the festivities. The pope and a tired Giulia leave the party in full swing, as Cesare rejoins Giovanni Sforza and indicates that there is plenty of time to consummate the marriage, to allow Lucrezia her rest tonight. Giovanni doesn’t protest, as he gloomily continues watching the cardinals enjoy the wild Vatican party at its peak.
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The next day, Lucrezia and Giovanni leave on horseback with their baggage train for Pesaro. Lucrezia states she slept like a child, and Giovanni relies that he is well assured of it (her virginity/innocence). Upon her arrival, a handsome young attendant helps her down from her horse, their eyes meet in a powerful connection. Lucrezia’s attendant, Francesca helps her with a bath. Lucrezia asks about Giovanni’s hands, and the maid tells her he has beaten her. She says there will be no more beatings now that she is mistress here. The final scene ends Lucrezia’s transformation from innocent to victim, in her nuptial bedchamber. She asks Giovanni for more words, so her foul mannered new husband tells her, “you want words, I have words for that Borgia wedding – farce, travesty, scandal, public humiliation.” He forces himself violently on her, in rape, while she cries out in horror.


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  • Machiavelli to della Rovere: "That's a different kind of nothing; that will cost you something."
  • Cesare to prisoner from the New Continent: "What Eden have they plucked you from?"
  • Lucrezia: "A mosquito killed my Moor?"
  • Giulia: "All things are permissible in our dreams."
  • Cesare: "Death, also is in paradise."
  • Della Rovere: "Can one spill blood to rid the world of a greater evil?"
  • Joffre: "I will marry anyone you like if it helps you to sleep."
  • Savonarola to della Rovere: “I see castles aflame. I see city streets running with blood. I see the bloated body of the Borgia pope, blackened by syphilis, lying dead in St. Peter’s. No one dares approach it. Are you the one to bring on this apocalypse? Are you the cleric in red?”
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Who died?
How did they die?
Borgia spy
Cardinal della Rovere stabbed him in the eye in the confessional







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page logo THE BORGIAS EPISODE BEST MOMENTS AND BIGGEST SHOCKERS
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  • Best - Cesare and Alexander doing a wedding seating chart
  • Best - Pope Alexander giving Joffre a quick political geography lesson
  • Best - Cesare carrying his newly married sister to her bed
  • Best - Lucrezia dead asleep at her own wedding reception
  • Biggest Shocker - Cardinal della Rovere murdering the "Borgia spy" in the confessional

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page logo THE BORGIAS EPISODE UNANSWERED QUESTIONS
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  • The pope hints at poverty and scandal in Vanozza's past. Was she really a courtesan, or just a cardinal's mistress?
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  • Savonarola prophesies that the pope's bloated corpse will be discolored by syphilis. Though syphilis hadn't been identified until after the French invasion, the pope's body was bloated and discolored at death.
  • The traditional bedding ceremony was not formally witnessed (on purpose?). It may have been on account of her tender age and very political nature of the marriage (Chamberlin, p. 106)
  • Historically, Vanozza did not attend the wedding, possibly due to her status (or lack thereof), whereas Giulia was of the nobility.
  • Della Rovere did go to France to persuade king Charles VIII to invade Naples. Charles VIII was having second thoughts about the expensive, unpopular invasion. The Sforza under Ludovico also pledged support for the invasion.
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How did this episode differ from actual events? Compare the facts with the fiction below!
ON THE BORGIAS... IN HISTORY...
  • Vanozza's husband is named Theo.
  • Niccolo Machiavelli is adviser to the Medici of Florence.
  • Della Rovere went to Florence after Naples gathering support to depose the pope.
  • Giovanni Sforza takes Lucrezia to his city of Pesaro the day after their wedding and forcibly consummates the marriage.
  • The Spanish ambassador presents the Pope to a chained inhabitant of the Americas.
  • The performance of Menaechmi (The Twins) which is a vulgar comedy by Titus Platus.
  • The meeting of della Rovere, Piero de Medici and Machiavelli,
  • Her third husband was named Carlo Canale.
  • Niccolo Machiavelli was ambassador from 1499,
  • Della Rovere went to Ostia, not Florence after his flight from Rome, then France.
  • The couple stayed on in Rome, Sforza conformed to the Pope's wishes and did not consummate the marriage for another six months; it was over a year before Lucrezia visited Pesaro.
  • The natives brought back by Columbus were well-treated physically but all died within a few months because of their lack of immunity to European diseases: none of them went to Rome.
  • Historical records indicate that Menaechmi was cut short by Alexander VI who found it boring.
  • There is no record of any actual meeting between della Rovere, Piero de Medici and Machiavelli.

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vampirebunny "Et in Arcadia ego." - What is Cesare getting at? (page: 1 2) 22 Apr 26 2011, 11:05 PM EDT by armadillo_pillow
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In this episode when Cesare is talking to Vanozza's husband, Theo, he says, "Et in Arcadia ego." - "Death also is in Paradise."

Cesare asked Theo about farm life and Theo says it's not a life to be envied. Cesare then comes out with this. I'm pretty sure I know the answer I just wanted to open it up for discussion.
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SorayaofNaples REACTIONS! Ep. 4 - Lucrezia's Wedding (page: 1 2) 34 Apr 24 2011, 2:37 PM EDT by DarkLadyJade
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And so it begins...Ces is starting to stick it to his Dad and assert himself! Ruta looked great in this episode. Who else recognized her husband as the guy who starred in "Young Sherlock Holmes"? I'm such a geek! lol

I always love large dance scenes, this one now included. Joanne Whalley looked fab. And I hardly recognized David Bamber ("oooh, Mr. Collins")! I just didn't get Cesare's interaction with him; was he mocking his status? And Cesare putting Crezia to bed was the sweetest thing ever; well that and Joffre with his Daddy teaching him about Italian geography!
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kyleleechicago Dance Music 4 Apr 25 2011, 3:25 AM EDT by kyleleechicago
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During the episode "Lucrezia's Wedding," Cesare asks his mother to join him in a "passamezzo," apparently a type of Renaissance dance. After the Pope gives his permission, a lengthy dance ensues that lasts until the end of the scene when we switch to the banquet hall/play. Does anyone know the name of this piece of music, the artist, or the album where it can be found? It's quite beautiful and obviously a period piece.

Thanks for any help you can provide!
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vampirebunny Vanozza and her husband, Theo 4 Apr 19 2011, 2:59 PM EDT by Anne'sCurls
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Holy cow. Now we find out where Vanozza comes from. I enjoyed seeing them together. Now we know why she left her husband. For money. She was poor, her husband was poor. She got with Rodrigo to better both of their lives. I enjoyed the scene where Cesare entered and started messing with him. He wondered if Theo had been his father if he'd be different, if he'd be happy. Wow. How loaded.
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coccosboll Now it is settled. Lucrezia-Cesare: relationship? Spoiler? 1 Apr 19 2011, 7:37 AM EDT by madonhistory
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Well, you can not mistake Cesare's emotions towards the marriage of Lucrezia and the rapist. Do you hope for anything to happen? I mean, I am not especially pro incest but I can not deny that their chemistry is making me hope for them to hook up.
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