The Borgias in Love
011 The Borgias in Love episode still of Ursula Bonadeo and Cesare Borgia 250px
Episode still of Ursula Bonadeo and Cesare Borgia
Episode number Season 1
Episode 5
Directed by John Maybury
Written by Neil Jordan
Advisories Adult content, violence
Air date April 24, 2011
Running time 53 minutes
Episode chronology
Previous 1x04 Lucrezia's Wedding
Next 1x06 The French King

The Borgias in Love is the fifth episode of season one, as well as the fifth episode of the series. It was written by Neil Jordan, and directed by John Maybury.


Plot synopsisEdit

Alternately neglected and abused by her cruel husband, Lucrezia has an affair with Paolo, a handsome stable boy; Cesare strikes a bargain with Machiavelli: deny French troops passage across his masters' lands in exchange for suppression of Savonarola, a fiery preacher of anti-Medici sermons; in love with baroness Ursula, Cesare takes drastic action to get rid of her husband.[1]


Jeremy Irons as Rodrigo Borgia
François Arnaud as Cesare Borgia
Holliday Grainger as Lucrezia Borgia
Joanne Whalley as Vanozza Cattaneo
Lotte Verbeek as Giulia Farnese
David Oakes as Juan Borgia
Sean Harris as Micheletto Corella
Steven Berkoff as Girolamo Savonarola
Colm Feore as Giuliano Della Rovere
Julian Bleach as Niccolo Machiavelli
Ruta Gedmintas as Ursula Bonadeo
Luke Pasqualino as Paolo
Mickey Sumner as Francesca
Peter Sullivan as Cardinal Ascanio Sforza
Ronan Vibert as Giovanni Sforza
Ivan Kaye as Duke Ludovico Sforza
Keith Burke as Gian Galaezzo
James Woolley as Ambassador of Navarre
Emily Taaffe as Gabriella Visconti
Nicholas Rowe as Baron Bonadeo
Frank Bourke as Medic


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  • On the door to Lucrezia's bedroom there is a flag that matches the Alfa Romeo automobile company logo. The images are switched from left to right but they are unmistakable. Both date back to 5th century Italy and are associated with Milan; the serpent (Biscione) which is the emblem of the house of Visconti and the Red Cross on White Field which is the Emblem of Milan.[2]


Sneak peeksEdit

The Borgias 1x05 The Borgias in Love - My Lady01:24

The Borgias 1x05 The Borgias in Love - My Lady

The Borgias 1x05 The Borgias in Love - Without Compare01:15

The Borgias 1x05 The Borgias in Love - Without Compare



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