Tears of Blood
002 Tears of Blood episode still of Cesare Borgia and Micheletto Corella 660px
Episode number Season 3
Episode 8
Setting 1500
Directed by David Leland
Written by Neil Jordan
Advisories Adult content, nudity
Air date June 2, 2013
Running time 53 minutes
Episode chronology
Previous 3x07 Lucrezia's Gambit
Next 3x09 The Gunpowder Plot

Tears of Blood is the eighth episode of season three, and the twenty-seventh episode of the series. It was written by Neil Jordan, and directed by David Leland. It premiered on June 2, 2013.


Plot synopsisEdit

Pilgrims are flooding to Rome for the Jubilee year celebrations, and the Spear of Longinus is the centerpiece of the show. However Catherina Sforza has a plan to frustrate Alexander’s lucrative festival. Across the sea in Kefalonia, the Turkish fleet is destroyed by Mattai’s Jewish contacts – Alexander shows his gratitude with a Bull exempting the community from taxes. Meanwhile, Lucrezia senses a change in newly crowned Frederigo, and realizes that she is under constant watch from the royal guard. The Borgias have walked into a trap: Lucrezia learns that Frederigo faked his near death to get Raphael out of the way, while at the same time in Rome, Cesare and Micheletto discover that the latter’s lover Pascal is a spy working for Rufio, reporting to a conspiracy of Catherina Sforza and King Frederigo of Naples. Lucrezia is not an honored princess in Naples, she is a hostage against any military moves against the Sforza family.


Jeremy Irons as Rodrigo Borgia
François Arnaud as Cesare Borgia
Holliday Grainger as Lucrezia Borgia
Sean Harris as Micheletto Corella
Peter Sullivan as Ascanio Sforza
Gina McKee as Catherina Sforza
Thure Lindhardt as Rufio
Noah Silver as Benito Sforza
Brendan Cowell as King Mattai
Cyron Melville as Alessandro Farnese
Luke Allen-Gale as King Frederigo of Naples
Charlie Carrick as Pascal
Peter Stebbings as Cardinal De Luca
Linda Marlowe as Old Lady
Kevin Griffiths as Cardinal
Robert Cogo-Fawcett as Bishop
Ákos Inotay as Sinner
Zsolt Vicei as Artist
Dénes Bernáth as Pilgrim
Andrea Takáts as Pilgrim 2
Pál Markrai as Major-Domo
Edmund Kingsley as Medic
N/A as Giovanni Borgia




The Borgias Promo 3x0800:46

The Borgias Promo 3x08

The Borgias Season 3 Next on Episode 800:49

The Borgias Season 3 Next on Episode 8

Sneak peeksEdit

The Borgias Season 3 Episode 8 Clip - Wrong Brother01:29

The Borgias Season 3 Episode 8 Clip - Wrong Brother

The Borgias Season 3 Episode 8 Clip - Tears of Blood01:56

The Borgias Season 3 Episode 8 Clip - Tears of Blood

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