Up until around the middle of the episode, everything was rather dull, somewhat boring and extremely predictable. That tends to happen with historical dramas, regardless of how accurate they may or may not be.
I started to enjoy myself when Rodrigo was viewing the dozens of prospective suitors who were all vying for the hand of his daughter, Lucrezia. Jeremy Irons did a great job, as did several of the suitors themselves and it was amusing to watch.
The Turkish prince who came to stay for a tidy sum at the behest of his brother who didn't want him around must the second part far more interesting than the first and I thought the actor did a good job. Naturally, there was lots of mayhem and murder but one expects such things, I still find it better than "The Tudors" but it can improve more and hopefully it will.