"I have long forsaken old ties with my family. I'm a nameless orphan in the service of God, my pope, and the Borgia family."
―Ascanio Sforza[src]

Ascanio Sforza is a powerful cardinal and vice chancellor in the church.


One of the Borgias' most trusted confidantes also happens to be a Sforza, Catherina's cousin. He's a powerful cardinal who becomes chancellor in a deal with Rodrigo Borgia to elect Borgia as pope.[1] Ascanio arranged the marriage between Lucrezia Borgia and his cousin, Giovanni Sforza.[2] With the two families locked in a dangerous power struggle, the good cardinal just might be the key to its resolution, depending on which side he chooses to take.[3]


Season one appearances
The Poisoned Chalice The Assassin The Moor
Lucrezia's Wedding The Borgias in Love The French King
Death, on a Pale Horse The Art of War Nessuno (Nobody)
Season two appearances
The Borgia Bull Paolo The Beautiful Deception Stray Dogs The Choice
Day of Ashes The Siege at Forli Truth and Lies World of Wonders The Confession
Season three appearances
The Face of Death The Purge Siblings The Banquet of Chestnuts The Wolf and the Lamb
Relics Lucrezia's Gambit Tears of Blood The Gunpowder Plot The Prince



  1. "The Poisoned Chalice"
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