The Art of War
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Episode still of Charles VIII and Lucrezia Borgia
Episode number Season 1
Episode 8
Directed by Neil Jordan
Written by Jeremy Podeswa
Advisories Adult content, brief nudity, violence
Air date May 15, 2011
Running time 52 minutes
Episode chronology
Previous 1x07 Death, on a Pale Horse
Next 1x09 Nessuno (Nobody)
"I know little of the art of war."
Cesare Borgia[src]

The Art of War is the eight episode of season one, as well as the eight episode of the series. It was written by Neil Jordan, and directed by Jeremy Podeswa.


Plot synopsisEdit

The invaders capture a fleeing and pregnant Lucrezia as they march on Rome, but she charms King Charles and is allowed to persuade her brother Juan to withdraw his hopelessly outmatched defensive troops; Pope Alexander VI awaits to learn of his fate as Charles enters the city and makes his way to the Vatican.[1]


Jeremy Irons as Rodrigo Borgia
François Arnaud as Cesare Borgia
Holliday Grainger as Lucrezia Borgia
Lotte Verbeek as Giulia Farnese
David Oakes as Juan Borgia
Sean Harris as Micheletto Corella
Simon McBurney as Johannes Burchart
Colm Feore as Giuliano Della Rovere
Ruta Gedmintas as Ursula Bonadeo
Michel Muller as King Charles VIII
Luke Pasqualino as Paolo
Peter Sullivan as Cardinal Ascanio Sforza
Ronan Vibert as Giovanni Sforza
Robert Reina as Spanish Ambassador
Bosco Hogan as Cardinal Alessandro Piccolomini
Lucy Drive as Carina
Danny Midwinter as Condottiere 1
László Konter as Cardinal Colonna
Vernon Dobtcheff as Cardinal Julius Versucci
Mark Noble as French General
Edward Petherbridge as Friar Raphael
Árpád Csernik as Gunner Captain
Zoltán Schmied as Condottiere 2
Sebastián Cortes as Priest


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  • Goof: The use of chain-shot first occurred in 1631. Although Charles VIII revolutionized several aspects of artillery this was not one of them.[2]


Sneak peeksEdit

The Borgias 1x08 The Art of War - Lechery and Debauchery01:17

The Borgias 1x08 The Art of War - Lechery and Debauchery

The Borgias 1x08 The Art of War - Quite a Prize01:45

The Borgias 1x08 The Art of War - Quite a Prize

Behind the scenesEdit

The Borgias 1x08 The Art of War - The Art of War Neil Jordan02:15

The Borgias 1x08 The Art of War - The Art of War Neil Jordan



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