Truth and Lies
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Episode still of Juan Borgia, Lucrezia Borgia, Alessandro Piccolomini, Vanozza Cattaneo, Julius Versucci, Rodrigo Borgia, Ascanio Sforza, Calvino Pallavicini and Raffaello Pallavicini
Episode number Season 2
Episode 8
Directed by John Maybury
Written by David Leland
Advisories Adult content, nudity, mild violence
Air date June 3, 2012
Running time 50 minutes
Episode chronology
Previous 2x07 The Siege at Forli
Next 2x09 World of Wonders

Truth and Lies is the eighth episode of season two, and the seventeenth episode of the series. It was written by David Leland and directed by John Maybury.


Plot synopsisEdit

Juan returns to Rome trying to spin his combat injury as proof of his valor, but Cesare exposes his brother's ignoble behavior; Lucrezia takes a lover in her intended husband's younger brother; Della Rovere has recruited an angel-faced young friar as his suicide assassin, and the young man advances their agenda with a bold move against the Pope's food taster.[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
Peter Sullivan as Cardinal Ascanio Sforza
Colm Feore as Giuliano Della Rovere
David Alpay as Calvino Pallavicini
Tom Austen as Raffaello Pallavicini
Jesse Bostick as Antonello
Noah Silver as Benito Sforza
Bosco Hogan as Cardinal Alessandro Piccolomini
Robert Cavanah as Hernando De Caballos
John Arthur as Brother Bernardino
Vernon Dobtcheff as Cardinal Julius Versucci
Roger Lloyd-Pack as Friar
Zoltan Rihmer as Latin Reader
Richard Durden as The Physician
Alex Lanipekun as Mohammed
N/A as Giovanni Borgia


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  • Goof: At Lucrezia's proposal scene, the scale model on the table is far too modern: her three cannon decks, rig and lines show she is either a the late 1700's ship of the line or a heavily armed East Indiaman from the same period. The action takes place around 1500.[2]


Sneak peeksEdit

The Borgias - Sweet Lady Lucrezia

The Borgias - Sweet Lady Lucrezia

The Borgias - Cries of the Dying

The Borgias - Cries of the Dying

Behind the scenesEdit

The Borgias - With the Creators Truth And Lies

The Borgias - With the Creators Truth And Lies


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