The Borgias. It was in Renaissance era that this family name becomes popular in Europe. Some love theme and many hated them. During that era the Borgias were one of the most influential clan in Europe. Members of this family held important function in society both in government and the church, especially the church.
This famous clan is notably known as the The House of Borgia and they were known being patron of budding and struggling artist during the Renaissance period. Most of the acclaimed artist during that era had able to realize their artistic potential and had gained success and popularity due to the aid of the Borgias.
Aside from being patron of arts, the Borgias are more popular because of their decadent reputation. According to the history, the lives of the members of the House Borgias revolved around power, sex, murder and Vatican. They had been accused of many different crimes, including adultery, simony, theft, rape, bribery, incest, and murder. The House of Borgia was considered as the “Godfather” of the Renaissance Era.
The series follows an intriguing plot of the story where a greedy patriarch father is making his way down to the holy gate of the Vatican City much more to the sanctified walls of the St. Peter Chapel. His name is Rodrigo Borgia and his name is much wicked than his thoughts and his greed to make his family stands on the pedestal during the Renaissance period in Italy. In his time Rodrigo Borgia become the most powerful man in the Roman Catholic world. Because Rodrigo Borgia become Pope Alexander VI.
The Borgias Season 1 Episode 1: The Poisoned Chalice aired in Showtime on April 3, 2011 it is the first part of the 2-hour premiere episode of the series.
The Borgias Season 1 Episode 1: The Poisoned Chalice Synopsis:
After the death of pope Innocent VIII, Cardinal Rodrigo Borgia, with the help of his sons, bribes and cajoles other cardinals to vote for him in the conclave to elect the new pontiff. He succeeds, and assumes the papal throne as Alexander VI. Two other ambitious cardinals, Orsini and Della Rovere, immediately begin plotting against him. When Orsini hosts a dinner for the pope and the cardinals, Rodrigo’s son Cesare catches a servant, Micheletto, in the kitchen preparing to poison the Borgias’ wine. Offering the assassin better pay if he works for his family, Cesare has Orsini poisoned instead.
Watch The Borgias Season 1 Episode 1: The Poisoned Chalice @ freepoptv.com. The Borgias airs on Showtime every Sunday at 11/10c. It stars Academy Award winner Jeremy Irons as Pope Alexander VI, David Oakes, Francois Arnaud, Holliday Grainger, and Aidan Alexander as siblings Juan, Cesare, Lucrezia, and Gioffre Borgia respectively.