The Siege at Forli
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Episode still of Ascanio Sforza, Juan Borgia and Rodrigo Borgia
Episode number Season 2
Episode 7
Directed by Kari Skogland
Written by David Leland
Advisories Adult content, brief nudity, violence
Air date May 20, 2012
Running time 52 minutes
Episode chronology
Previous 2x06 Day of Ashes
Next 2x08 Truth and Lies
The Siege at Forli is the seventh episode of season two, and the sixteenth episode of the series. It was written by David Leland and directed by Kari Skogland.


Plot summaryEdit

Impressed by Juan's triumphant return from Spain with General Don Hernando at his side, Alexander sends his son to lay siege to the castle of Catherina Sforza's castle, but a surprising turn of events reveals Juan's cowardice; Lucrezia purposely scuttles a scheme to marry her off to a rich Genovese merchant; Savonarola's forces conduct the infamous "Bonfire of the Vanities."[1]


Jeremy Irons as Rodrigo Borgia
François Arnaud as Cesare Borgia
Holliday Grainger as Lucrezia Borgia
Joanne Whalley as Vanozza Cattaneo
David Oakes as Juan Borgia
Sean Harris as Micheletto Corella
Steven Berkoff as Girolamo Savonarola
Julian Bleach as Niccolo Machiavelli
Peter Sullivan as Cardinal Ascanio Sforza
Colm Feore as Giuliano Della Rovere
Gina McKee as Catherina Sforza
David Alpay as Calvino Pallavicini
Tom Austen as Raffaello Pallavicini
Jesse Bostick as Antonello
Roger Lloyd-Pack as Friar
Noah Silver as Benito Sforza
Robert Cavanah as Hernando De Caballos
Vernon Dobtcheff as Cardinal Julius Versucci
Bosco Hogan as Cardinal Alessandro Piccolomini
Ivan Kaye as Ludovico Sforza
Helen Bradbury as Nanny
Rory McMenamin as The Boy Lucio
Richard Durden as The Physician
Elliot Lang as The Boy Angelo
Selva Rasalingam as Tommaso Carracci
Béla Gados as Il Cerimoniere
Nathan O'Toole as Vincenzo
N/A as Giovanni Borgia


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Historical notesEdit

  • The castle of Ravaldino was inside the city walls of Forli, not on the edge of the city as shown.[2]
  • The incident of Caterina Sforza's eldest son being held hostage occurred in 1488 after the murder of her first husband, Giralomo Riario. Eye witness accounts differ as to whether or not she hiked her skirt, showing her genitals and saying she could always make more kids.[2]
  • Juan Borgia never besieged Forli and Ravaldino castle. The city of Forli was taken and Ravaldino besieged by Cesare Borgia in December and January of 1499 (The new year of 1500 did not start until March prior to the adoption of the Gregorian calender many decades later).[2]


Sneak peeksEdit

The Borgias - Panther

The Borgias - Panther

The Borgias - Most Gracious

The Borgias - Most Gracious

Behind the scenesEdit

The Borgias - Dissecting a Scene The Siege At Forli

The Borgias - Dissecting a Scene The Siege At Forli


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