The Banquet of Chestnuts
001 The Banquet of Chestnuts episode still of Giulia Farnese 250px
Episode still of Giulia Farnese
Episode number Season 3
Episode 4
Directed by Jon Amiel
Written by Guy Burt
Advisories Adult language, adult content, nudity, mild violence
Air date May 5, 2013
Episode chronology
Previous 3x03 Siblings
Next 3x05 The Wolf and the Lamb

The Banquet of Chestnuts is the fourth episode of season three, and the twenty-third episode of the series. It was written by Guy Bert, and directed by Jon Amiel. It will premiere on May 5, 2013.


Plot synopsisEdit

Newly appointed Cardinal Farnese – promoted at the request of his sister Giulia – is placed in the Treasury and quickly discovers Versucci’s theft. Micheletto is sent to find the wayward Cardinal. Meanwhile, upon hearing of Venice’s request for help against Turkish pirates, Alexander, seeing this as an opportunity to replenish the coffers, dramatically calls for a Crusade. Concerned about the loyalty of his new Cardinals, Giulia arranges an orgy for them – the “banquet of chestnuts” – but it is a trap and details of the Cardinals’ sexual activities are recorded to extort their future loyalty. Elsewhere, King Ferdinand learns that Lucrezia and Alfonso’s marriage has not been consummated and demands a public display of their love-making. Lucrezia is humiliated, but the experience seems to increase the incestuous attraction between her and her brother.[1]


Jeremy Irons as Rodrigo Borgia
François Arnaud as Cesare Borgia
Holliday Grainger as Lucrezia Borgia
Peter Sullivan as Ascanio Sforza
Joanne Whalley as Vanozza Cattaneo
Lotte Verbeek as Giulia Farnese
Sean Harris as Micheletto Corella
Simon McBurney as Johannes Burchart
Vernon Dobtcheff as Julius Versucci
Gina McKee as Catherina Sforza
Sebastian De Souza as Alfonso of Aragon
Thure Lindhardt as Rufio
Cyron Melville as Alessandro Farnese
Matias Varela as King Ferdinand II of Naples
Melia Kreiling as Bianca
Patrick O'Kane as Francesco Gonzaga
Antal Leiszen as Cardinal Grimani
Wendy Nottingham as Abbess
Paul Putner as Venetian Envoy as Paul Putner
Péter Polgár as Monk
Jonah Russell as Cardinal Petrucci
Réka Sinkó as Sister Angela
Szilvi Pintér as Sister Sylvia
Leo Bill as N/A


Every photo of The Banquet of Chestnuts on this wiki can be seen here.



The Borgias Season 3 Next on Episode 400:54

The Borgias Season 3 Next on Episode 4

Sneak peeksEdit

The Borgias Season 3 Episode 4 Clip - Loyal Cardinals00:57

The Borgias Season 3 Episode 4 Clip - Loyal Cardinals

The Borgias Season 3 Episode 4 Clip - Good of the Family01:18

The Borgias Season 3 Episode 4 Clip - Good of the Family

The Borgias Season 3 Episode 4 Clip - A Decree of Annulment01:45

The Borgias Season 3 Episode 4 Clip - A Decree of Annulment



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