Da Vinci's Demons

Season 1 Episode 8

The Lovers

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Aired Saturday 9:00 PM Jun 07, 2013 on Starz
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Episode Summary

Leonardo attempts to save the Medicis when he learns of a Pazzi conspiracy to seize power in Florence.  Meanwhile, Lucrezia makes a confession and the Turk reveals where the Book of Leaves can be found.

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  • Hard to say...

    6.5
    Nice cliff-hanger but in overall the episode was weak and full of scene that could be easily ommitted without any loss to the whole plot or the episode's essence.
  • Perfect ending

    10
    One of the best TV dramas. Keeps you on your toes every episode never a boring moment. One of the few shows where every episode truly fits.
  • Da Vinci's Demons.

    10
    Okay lets start with Vanessa carrying Giuliano's son & telling him just before he dies that he has a Heir. Now the Turk has shown Leonardo where to locate the Book Of Leaves, but Leonardo has to choose to take the Voyage or save Florence, which he chooses to save Florence. Just when you want Lucrezia or i want her dead, she saves Clarice & her 3 daughters. Just when i had Lucrezia all figured out, i now finally find out her Father is Pope Sixtus IV Brother, which means she is his Niece. What a surprise Dragonetti switches sides again to protect Medici Family. (I Have To Say I Cried When Lucrezia Came To The Church). Fantastic Season Finale To A Perfect Show. 11 / 10. I Wish They Had Done 10 Episode's. Thumbs Up.moreless
  • The Lovers

    10
    The Lovers was a perfect and very entertaining episode of Da Vinci's Demons because there were many twists and turns. It was awesome to see true alliances surface through a chaotic attempt to take over Florence. The characters were awesome and had great development. Lucrezia made a brave decision and deserves to be forgiven for her sins. It was sad to see various characters die. I liked how everything played out and look forward to watching what happens next!!!!!!!!!



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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

Shaun Parkes

Shaun Parkes

Solomon Ogbai ('The Abyssinian')

Guest Star

Patrick Godfrey

Patrick Godfrey

Cosimo de' Medici

Guest Star

Ken Bones

Ken Bones

Avraham ben Yosef ('The Jew')

Guest Star

Gregg Chillin

Gregg Chillin

Zoroaster

Recurring Role

Nick Dunning

Nick Dunning

Lupo Mercuri

Recurring Role

James Faulkner

James Faulkner

Pope Sixtus IV

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (7)

    • The Sons of Mithras shown at the beginning of the episode are: Aslan Al-Rahim ('The Turk'), Avraham ben Yosef ('The Jew'), Solomon Ogbai ('The Abyssinian'), Cosimo Medici and an unidentified figure.


      The caption states that this meeting took place 13 years ago, which would place it in 1465.  However, Cosimo died in on 1st August, 1464.

    • The device given to Cosimo, which Leonardo later discovers, is a mariner's astrolabe, used to determine a ship's latitude at sea.

    • The engagement banquet hosted by the Pazzis was held at the Castello del Trebbio, a Pazzi fortrtess located about 20 miles north of Florence.

    • Al-Rahim tells Leonardo to be on a ship bound for Cape Verde, commanded by António de Noli.  António de Noli was a Genoese navigator and credited with the discovery of the Cape Verde islands (west of Mauritania) and was apointed their first Governor.

    • The place where Giuliano recuperated was Val d'Elsa, approximately 30 miles from Florence, about half way between there and Siena.

    • The Tomb of Cosimo Medici

      Cosimo's tomb is within the Basilica of San Lorenzo, one of the largest churches of Florence.  The tombslab, designed by Andrea del Verrocchio, is very similar to the mosaic shown on the wall in this episode and does contain a 'Solomon's Knot'.


      The dome of the Sagrestia Vecchia (or Old Sacristy) does not look as is portrayed in this episode, but does depict the sun's route through the constellations visible on 4th July, 1442.  This was the date that Rene d'Anjou, King of Naples, came to Florence.  It was he who convinced Cosimo to open Europe's first public library and have Greek taught at the University. These innovations served to reveal Greek concepts of life to the Florentines.



      The ring on Cosimo's tomb, which Leonardo turns, shows 6 balls, a Medici symbol from their coat of arms.  They are usually set in a more circular fashion, rather than the pattern found on a die.



      The words on the secret drawer relate to Cosimo's posthumus title of Pater Patriae, Father of the Nation.



      The fresco behind the tomb is this show's version of the Procession of the Magi and has been re-used from the Magi Chapel set, from episode 3.

    • The weapon that Riario uses to blow open the sacristy door is a culverin.

  • QUOTES (1)

    • Al-Rahim: There is a ship bound for Cape Verde, the Basilisk, under command of António de Noli. As we speak, de Noli is in Florence, loading a barge with provisions for a journey. At dawn, he takes the barge to Pisa, where the Basilisk is anchored. You, Leonardo, must book passage on that ship. With your navigational skills, the Basilisk will survive the storms and reach another land entirely - where the Book of Leaves awaits.

  • NOTES (4)

    •  


      The Pazzi Conspiracy


       


      This episode shows the Pazzi Conspiracy occurring on Easter Sunday which, in 1478, would have been 22nd March.  In fact, it happened on Sunday 26th April.  The original plan was for the Medici brother to be assassinated at Easter, while visiting Rome, but Lorenzo cancelled the trip.


       


      The plot was re-scheduled to for a banquet on 19th April, at Castello del Trebbio, one of the Pazzi's villas., where poison would be added to the Medicis' food.  This is where Francesco Pazzi's engagement banquet for Camilla and Giuliano was set in this episode.  It is true that Giuliano did not attend, but it was due to him recovering from a fall, not being stabbed.


       


      Therefore, a new banquet at the Palazzo Medici was hastily arranged for the 26th April, following Mass.  However, Giuliano was again feeling unwell and decided that, although he would attend Mass, he would not continue to the banquet; the attack would have to be in the cathedral.


       


      Giuliano was found to have been stabbed nineteen times, with the first blow coming from Francisco Pazzi.  Lorenzo was stabbed in the neck, just below the ear and managed to take refuge in the North Sacristy, as depicted in this episode.


       


      This was effectively the end of the coup attempt.

    • The fictional character of Vanessa is shown to be carrying Giuliano's child. In real life, Giuliano did have an illegitimate son, by his mistress Fioretta Gorini.  This child, Giulio di Giuliano de' Medici, was adopted by Lorenzo and later became Pope Clement VII.

    • The Lovers is the sixth trump or Major Arcana card in most traditional Tarot decks.

    • Original International Air Dates:
      UK: June 14, 2013 on Fox

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