Da Vinci's Demons

Season 2 Episode 2

The Blood of Brothers

21
Aired Saturday 9:00 PM Mar 29, 2014 on Starz
8.7
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When Pope Sixtus tries to unite powers against Florence, Leonardo must come up with a solution.  Meanwhile, Riario continues to tempt Nico.

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  • freaking awesome

    10
    yup... said it in the title...

    enough said!!
  • MaryAnn Sleasman Review in demand

    8.0
    On first seeing this show it was horrendous, the lack of respect for history and science that it felt comparable to a distopian future seen in the Simpsons for a Pepsi generation;

    0BMaUMmGw



    After reading some reviews on this site I know I started to enjoy the absurdity, now no matter how far flung the plot I'm in love with every character and this wild adventure ride.



    This episode had it all

    cheering for Magnifico who would give himself up for Florence

    the escape of Lucrezia and Zoroaster

    the blossoming love between Riario and his servant and his obsession with torturing Nico

    the madness that is Tom Riley



    Can't wait for the dangers of the South American jungle and future tripiness.



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Tom Riley

Tom Riley

Leonardo da Vinci

Laura Haddock

Laura Haddock

Lucrezia Donati

Blake Ritson

Blake Ritson

Count Girolamo Riario

Elliot Cowan

Elliot Cowan

Lorenzo de' Medici

Lara Pulver

Lara Pulver

Clarice Orsini

James Faulkner

James Faulkner

Pope Sixtus IV

Kyle Rees

Kyle Rees

Carriage Driver

Guest Star

Roger Evans

Roger Evans

Bird Seller

Guest Star

Nicholas Rowe

Nicholas Rowe

Cardinal Orsini

Guest Star

Gregg Chillin

Gregg Chillin

Zoroaster

Recurring Role

Hera Hilmar

Hera Hilmar

Vanessa Moschella

Recurring Role

David Schofield

David Schofield

Piero da Vinci

Recurring Role

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    • Although most notable for lending his name to a new continent, Amerigo Vespucci did in fact spend much of his life in Florence, as a clerk for the Medici bank.

    • Notes on the Pazzi Conspiracy aftermath

      The mob can be heard chanting "Palle! Palle!".  This is accurate and refers to the balls on the Medici coat of arms.

      Father Antonio Maffei da Volterra was seen being carried away by the mob.  In fact, he and the other priests involved with the conspiracy fled to a Benedictine monastery.  Here they were protected for a while, but on 3rd May, they were given up.  After being beaten by the mob, their ears and noses were cut off, before being hanged.

      Jacopo de' Pazzi was shown being stabbed by the mob.  However, on Easter Monday, he was captured in the mountains by peasants, who beat him until he was unable to walk.  After a brief trial, he was hanged.

    • The two bankers that came to visit Clarice in this episode, Francesco Sassetti and Tommaso Portinari are both historical figures.


      Sassetti is correctly identified as the General Manager of the Medici bank.  This was the highest position available to a non-Medici.
      Clarice describes Portinari as overseeing the London branch.  However, he was actually the manager of the Bruges branch, which also controlled the London one.


      The bad management by these two is seen as a major cause for the Medici bank's downfall.

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