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Sex. Power. Murder. Amen.
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THE BORGIAS
~~ON SHOWTIME

sex. power. murder. Amen. 57

i have been waiting for this series for a year!
the original Renaissance GODfathers!
begins April 3~~whoooooohooooooooooooo!


http://www.sho.com/site/borgias/home.sho

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Lucrezia

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Cool! Is it based on real history at all?
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You claim to be Italian and you have never heard of the House of Borgia?

Fuckwit.

Are you aware of the Renaissance?
We need to punish the French, ignore the Germans and forgive the Russians - Condoleezza Rice.
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(03-30-2011, 08:35 AM)Middle Finger Wrote: Cool! Is it based on real history at all?



The reputation of Rodrigo Borgia, as the worst of all popes, is well earned. When he is elected in 1492, taking the name Alexander VI, he already has four illegitimate children. He is thought to have fathered as many as three others while serving as pope.

This is not particularly shocking in Renaissance Rome, as is revealed in the assistance given to the Borgia family by pope Sixtus IV. One of the Borgia sons, Cesare, experiences difficulties in being ordained a priest because he is illegitimate. When the case is referred to Sixtus, he decides that an exception can be made - because at least the young man's mother was a married woman and his father was a cardinal.

The married woman, Vanozza dei Catanei, lives in Rome and is mother to the cardinal's four children. Two of them, Cesare and Lucrezia, are the means by which Alexander VI, as pope, attempts to advance the family fortunes. Cesare's contribution is by warfare, intrigue and murder - Lucrezia's by marriage.

One of the Borgia pope's first acts, in 1492, is to appoint Cesare archbishop of Valencia, following this with a cardinal's hat in 1493. But by 1498 it seems that a secular role for the young man may be more effective. He resigns as cardinal and is appointed commander of the papal army.
From 1499 to 1502 Cesare uses an army of 15,000 men to carve out a territory for himself in Romagna, inland from Rimini. He occupies town after town, using murder when necessary to stifle opposition, and he begins calling himself duke of Romagna. It is plainly his father's intention that this territory will become a family inheritance.

The death of Alexander VI in 1503 brings Cesare's brutal string of successes to a sudden end. The occupied towns rise against him. He spends much of his remaining four years in prison, in Rome and then in Spain, before being killed at a siege in northern Spain in 1507.

Cesare owes his lasting notoriety partly to Machiavelli, who soon after Cesare's death points to his ruthless career as an example of wise conduct in a ruler (in The Prince, written in 1513).

The name of Cesare's sister, Lucrezia Borgia, has achieved even greater resonance as an example of scheming womanhood. Her reputation is less deserved. She is only 23 when her father dies, and her two betrothals and three marriages (one ended by annulment, one by murder probably at Cesare's behest) have all been imposed upon her. After her father's death she lives peacefully with her husband, the duke of Ferrara - as mother to his seven children and the central figure in a highly civilized court.






















































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#6
Dammit!

It's NOT about the funny piano player!

History . . . who needs it?
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it's on TONIGHT! :B

















































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this was excellent~~ a little obligatory sex, some violence, a poisoning, pretty good! if you missed it, i'm sure there will be repeats during the week. what i found interesting was the enclave of cardinals voting for a new pope, and the machinations behind it.

















































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#9
Sunday 410
Borgias 10 PM eastern tonight.

also...PBS is starting a new series of "Upstairs Downstairs".


The saga continues at 165 Eaton Place with new characters upstairs and down in a three-part sequel to the much-loved MASTERPIECE series from the 1970s. Jean Marsh returns as Rose with a stellar cast including Dame Eileen Atkins (MASTERPIECE CLASSIC “Cranford”), Keeley Hawes (MI-5), Ed Stoppard (MASTERPIECE CLASSIC “Any Human Heart”), Claire Foy (MASTERPIECE CLASSIC “Little Dorrit”) and Ellie Kendrick (MASTERPIECE CLASSIC “The Diary of Anne Frank”). Set in 1936, the lives of masters and servants have never been so captivating. Laura Linney hosts.


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I don't appreciate how the title of this thread was purposefully meant to summarize the Bible in a negative way. You bitch!
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(04-10-2011, 05:07 PM)Middle Finger Wrote: I don't appreciate how the title of this thread was purposefully meant to summarize the Bible in a negative way. You bitch!

you're just pissed i didn't include any sex. hah


















































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Awesome show.

Every watch The Tudors?
"The power of accurate observation is frequently called cynicism by those who don't have it." - George Bernard Shaw Smiley_emoticons_fies
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(04-10-2011, 05:28 PM)AriGold Wrote: Awesome show.

Every watch The Tudors?

of course...purchased all of it. i'm an English history whore.



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(04-10-2011, 05:30 PM)Lady Cop Wrote:
(04-10-2011, 05:28 PM)AriGold Wrote: Awesome show.

Every watch The Tudors?

of course...purchased all of it. i'm an English history whore.

I like you even more.

(wiping my nose clean)
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"The power of accurate observation is frequently called cynicism by those who don't have it." - George Bernard Shaw Smiley_emoticons_fies
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(04-10-2011, 01:14 PM)Lady Cop Wrote: also...PBS is starting a new series of "Upstairs Downstairs".

Dammit!

It starts in about twenty minutes and I'm beginning to fade . . .

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Tiki, did you see the new Masterpiece "South Riding"? quite good.


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(05-03-2011, 08:51 PM)Lady Cop Wrote: Tiki, did you see the new Masterpiece "South Riding"? quite good.


is ANYONE watching The Borgias?

South Riding . . . no. Mum told me she thought I'd enjoy it, though.

Sadly . . . I don't get invested in too many programs.

But I do watch Sons of Anarchy, Burn Notice and MI-5.
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whooooo The Borgias come back April 8, 10 PM SHO. season 2.

site:
http://www.sho.com/site/borgias/home.sho

The Showtime Original Series, THE BORGIAS is the sordid saga of one of the most remarkable and legendary families in history. Set in 15th century Italy at the height of the Renaissance, THE BORGIAS chronicles the corrupt rise of patriarch Rodrigo Borgia (Academy Award® winner Jeremy Irons) to the papacy, where he proceeds to commit every sin in the book to amass and retain power, influence, and enormous wealth for himself and his family. Rodrigo also proves to be an astute diplomat and military strategist who changes the map of Italy, and the course of history, forever. The unbounded audacity of this original crime family went on to inspire Machiavelli's THE PRINCE and Mario Puzo's THE GODFATHER. Don't miss a minute of the lavish, sexy, scandalous drama from the creative mind of Academy Award® winner Neil Jordan.

















































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