Da Vinci's Demons

Season 1 Episode 7

The Hierophant

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Aired Saturday 9:00 PM May 31, 2013 on Starz
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  • LUCREZIA IS THE WORST

    Da Vinci's Demons "The Hierophant" Review: Best Laid Plans...

    "The Hierophant" had everything a penultimate episode needs in order to be a success, resolving a few—but not all—of the mysteries that have plagued Da Vinci's Demons' characters since the beginning of the season.

  • Episode Summary

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    In order to gain entrance to the Vatican, Leonardo must somehow travel through the sewers, underwater. Once inside, he not only encounters the mysterious prisoner, but also comes face to face with Sixtus IV. Meanwhile, back in Florence, Giuliano unmasks the traitor who has been spying for Rome.

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    SUBMIT REVIEW
    • Da Vinci's Demons.

      10
      So much happened in this one episode, i'm so glad Leonardo has found out the truth about Lucrezia & how Giuliano was going to take her back to Florence & expose her to his brother Lorenzo. But now Lucrezia has murdered Giuliano, really how does this woman come & go & do as she pleases, even now that Rome doesn't want her anymore & wanted her murdered. Interesting side note, how come Lucrezia' Father wont leave prison & you never get to see his face. I was very impressed with the help of Leonardo to see inside The Vatican Vault ( A Multitude Of Sins In That Tomb). Now Da Vinci has the 2nd Key from Riario, which with alot of help from Nicko, This Is All Leading Up To A Fantastic Season Finale. This Show Is Amazing. (My Faith Never Wavers, But My Church Is So Corrupt Even Back Then).moreless
    • The Hierophant

      10
      The Hierophant was an awesome and perfectly entertaining episode of Da Vinci's Demons. I was shocked how some story lines played out. It was neat watching Leonardo break into The Vatican and seeing some ofthe stuff Iin the secret archive. Nico realky impressed me with his loyalty and dedication. Giuliano closes in on Lucrezia with surprising results. I loved how things played out along with the character development. Ilook fforward to watching the next episode!!!!!!!!!moreless
    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

    Nicholas Rowe

    Nicholas Rowe

    Cardinal Orsini

    Guest Star

    David Sturzaker

    David Sturzaker

    Bernardo di Bandino Baroncelli

    Guest Star

    Tony Wreddon

    Tony Wreddon

    Esai

    Guest Star

    Tom Bateman

    Tom Bateman

    Giuliano de' Medici

    Recurring Role

    Gregg Chillin

    Gregg Chillin

    Zoroaster

    Recurring Role

    Michael Culkin

    Michael Culkin

    Jacopo de' Pazzi

    Recurring Role

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    • TRIVIA (12)

      • Episode Timeline
        Approximately 5 weeks pass from the church service at the beginning of the episode to Giuliano and Bertino leaving for Siena.

      • The name on the headstone Count Riario visits is Celia Lysimachus. The bouquet of flowers he places are Yellow Asphodel.

      • The church service at the beginning of the episode is the Ash Wednesday Mass, marking the first day of Lent, 46 days before Easter; in 1478, this was 4th February.  Ashes are placed on the forehead in the sign of the cross and are normally worn until they wear off.

      • Francesco Pazzi organises a banquet for Holy Saturday.  This is another name for Easter Saturday, the day prior to Easter Sunday.  In 1478, this would have been 21st March, 45 days from the earlier events in this episode.

      • Leonardo tells Zoroaster that Rome's sewers were built on the principles of Vitruvius.  Marcus Vitruvius Pollio was a Roman architect and engineer during the 1st century BC and is the author of the oldest surviving architecture records.

      • The shopping list that Leonardo gives Nico contains:
        Pigs Skin
        Glass
        Fishing Net
        A Boat
        Oars
        Bladder tubes
        Thickest thread

      • When Zoroaster and Nioco are in the boat, they are on the Tiber river, just outside the walls of the Castel Sant'Angelo.

      • Vanessa says she has boiled some quinto quarto for Giuliano.  This is the offal of butchered animals and translates as the fifth quarter. Traditionally, the division the cattle in Rome was: the first quarter was to be sold to the Nobles, the second one was for the clergy, the third one for the Bourgeoisie and eventually the fourth was for the soldiers. The proletariat could afford only the entrails.

      • The skull of a dragon in the Vatican's Secret Archives is actually from what we now call a Tyrannosaurus Rex.

      • Treasures shown in the Vatican's Secret Archives include King Tutankhamen's Funerary Mask, the sword in the stone (Excalibur), a meteorite of jagged green crystal and what looks to the be the lid of the Ark of the Covenant.


        This episode aired two weeks before the Man of Steel film was released (also written by David S. Goyer), so it is likely that the meteorite represents Kryptonite.

      • The Spear of Destiny, which Leonardo uses to skewer one of the Vatican guards, is mentioned in the gospel of John (19:34): One of the soldiers pierced his side with a lance, and immediately there came out blood and water.
        There have been a number of spears or lances that have been claimed to be this. One is located beneath the dome of St. Peter's Basilica, within Vatican City.

      • When dressed as a leper, Lucrezia's cloak has an I on it.  This stands for immunda ('unclean' in Latin).  The three fingers dangling from her necklace indicates how far advanced the disease is, how many digits the person has lost.

    • QUOTES (7)

    • NOTES (7)

      • Diving Suit
        While living in Venice in the late 15th century, Leonardo came up with a way to sabotage enemy ships: have men in diving suits cut holes in their hulls.  Unheard of at the time, the divers would have carried breathing hoses connected to a floating bell full of air, wearing face masks with glass goggles that would help them see underwater. Another version had the divers breathing from wine bladders filled with air. To allow the men to stay underwater a long time, the men would carry a bottle to urinate in.
        One version can be seen here, on page 24v of the Codex Arundel.

      • Cardinal Orsini is identified as Clarice's brother, but she was in fact an only child.
        However, at about the same time, there was another Clarice Orsini from a different branch of her family, who lived in Rome and was the sister of Cardinal Latino Orsini.  It appears that these two Clarice Orsinis have been erroneously merged in this show.

      • Jacopo Bracciolini was shown to be poisoned by Francesco Pazzi.  However, this did not actually happen and he took an active part in the Pazzi Conspiracy; he was killed shortly afterwards.

      • Although there was never any plan for Giuliano to marry into the fictional Camilla, or any other member of the Pazzi family, the two houses had actually already been linked.  In 1469, Lorenzo's sister, Bianca de' Medici had married Guglielmo Pazzi, Franceso's brother.

      • The Hierophant is the fifth trump or Major Arcana card in most traditional Tarot decks.  It is sometimes known as The Pope.

      • A hierophant is a person who brings religious congregants into the presence of that which is deemed holy.

      • Original International Air Dates:
        UK: June 7, 2013 on Fox


        

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