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The Borgias
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Cast of 'The Borgias'

  • Jeremy Irons as Rodrigo Borgia
  • Fran├žois Arnaud as Cesare Borgia
  • David Oakes as Juan Borgia
  • Holliday Grainger as Lucrezia Borgia
  • Colm Feore as Giuliano Della Rovere
  • Derek Jacobi as Cardinal Orsini
  • Joanne Whalley as Vanozza
  • Lotte Verbeek as Giulia Farnese

The Borgias

The Borgias, led by patriarch Rodrigo, are a family of outsiders from Spain who try to take over control of Renaissance-era Italy. Through the use of bribery, extortion and torture, Rodrigo rises up the ranks to become pope. Two of Rodrigo's children are used as pawns by being married off to members of rival families at a young age. Vanozza, Rodrigo's long-time mistress and mother of his children, and Giulia Farnese battle for the elder Borgia's affections. The story of the Borgias has inspired such works as Machiavelli's political treatise ``The Prince'' and Mario Puzo's ``The Godfather.''

Apr 03, 2011
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