came from Catalonia, and the city of Gandia has backed a superb new release to celebrate the birth of Francisco Borgia
, born 500 years ago in 1510, who became a leading figure in the Jesuit movement.
Themes from THE BORGIAS
that chronicle the epic lives of the original crime family include power, passion, greed, opulence, envy, faith, revenge, sin, decadence, and love.
Furious with a travelling merchant, Cesare Borgia
decided to set an example.
So writes Sarah Dunant in the afterword to her magnificent 2013 historical novel, "Blood and Beauty: The Borgias
The Pope, Borgia
and his sister Lucretia looked on as the guests stripped and got down to business.
Showtime president Robert Greenblatt said: ''Having blazed a trail with the awardwinning The Tudors, we wanted to continue to offer our audience a period drama as wicked, witty and utterly compelling - and that's what The Borgias
family in its quest for power had no time for the failures of idiots.
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.
But the Renaissance does not come to mind as being particularly funny, though the Borgias
were a bit bizarre.
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
Shayne's family make the Borgias
look like the Osmonds.
Shot in Hungary with lavish costumes and richly decorated sets, The Borgias
takes a no-holds barred approach to violence and sex.
, Sky Atlantic, Saturday, 9pm BE afraid, be very afraid.
Sunday: The Borgias
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