Starring the always incredible Jeremy Irons as Pope Alexander Sixus, (Rodrigo Borgia) this series is full of lush Roman/Italian costume of the late 1400s and early 1500s.
And it is a lush feast of eye candy. The Pope's son Cardinal Cesare (Ches-aray) Borgia played by Francois Arnaud (left) is easy on the orbs.
The real Cesare didn't look half as good from portraits and was not nearly as sympathetic a character as in the show.
He was from all I have read, a nasty piece of work, happy to slaughter anyone who got in his way and is reported to have been the basis for Machiavelli's 'The Prince'! He was the ultimate pragmatist.
She was married very unhappily into the powerful Sforza family. A marriage which was later annulled (laughably because it was not consummated in spite of her being pregnant at the time). In the show she is repeatedly brutally raped by her husband but has a child to a very attractive, gentle groom. Whether this is accurate I don't know but it makes for a good story.
Brother Juan was another nasty piece of work and didn't quibble at killing, maiming, raping or being generally unpleasant.
Whichever way you looked at it they were a family to be avoided for health's sake.
But thoroughly enjoyable to watch with enough skullduggery and lush costume for anyone.