invited his guests and 50 "honest prostitutes".
Now, if you were a fan of Showtime's three-season series "The Borgias
," you probably think you know quite a bit about the notorious Renaissance family of Spanish blood, raised to the highest levels of power in Italy.
Spaniard Rodrigo Borgia
is elected Pope Alexander VI and embarks on the consolidation and expansion of his power through ruthless ambition, political subterfuge and his four children.
Born as Rodrigo Borgia
, Pope Alexander VI is a subject of fascination for historians and critics of the church alike.
Not really but I'd heard of them and knew a bit about the renaissance - not in terms of what the Borgias
were doing, more in terms of architecture.
family in its quest for power had no time for the failures of idiots.
I'm thrilled to be working with Paul Haskins and Alaine Borgias
to continue, and expand upon, the magazine's well-established presence at the heart of northwest Washington's outdoor activities scene," D'Onofrio said in an April 28 press release.
So says Toronto Star reviewer Chris Alexander of next season's (fall 2011) TV series about the Borgias
and especially Borgia
Pope Alexander VI (1492-1503).
In the first episode viewers see head of the family Rodrigo Borgia
(played by Jeremy Irons) bribe his fellow cardinals, with the help of son Cesare (Canadian actor Francois Arnaud), to ensure he is selected Pope Alexander VI.
Today The Borgias
(Sky Atlantic, HD, 9pm) NOT since 2005 and Casanova has Jeremy Irons had a decent movie role - and heaven knows why he chose to be in Pink Panther 2 two years ago.
Trollied, Sky1, Thursday, 9pm 2MURDER, sex, bribery and corruption - just a normal day for the Borgias
The latest treatment, making its debut on US cable channel Showtime on Sunday, sees the The Borgias
as 15th century precursors of the Italian Mafia.
This spring The Borgias
, a historical drama directed by Neil Jordan, premieres on US television.
In his absence, Cesare mid Lucrezia occupy his humble farmhouse--with its spectacular view of the sorrounding countryside--and plot the further rise of the Borgias
Godfather creator Mario Puzo turns back the clock to write about the most bloodthirsty family in Italian history - the Borgias