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he Pope consecrates new Cardinals including Giulia Farnese's brother. He's put in charge of the Vatican's financial records and finds that the treasury has been emptied. The Pope orders that former Cardinal Versucci, who is traveling the countryside, be found and taught the error of his way. Giulia proposes a way to assure the future loyalty of the consistory. Alfonso admits to his cousin King Ferdinand that he and Lucrezia did not spend their wedding night together. When he does get into her bed, she proposes a different kind of relationship. Ferdinand raises the issue of the unconsummated marriage with the Pope and demands that proof be provided that the marriage contract is complete. The Pope hosts a dinner for bankers and merchants from Venice where he accedes to their request to do something about Turkish interference in their trade routes. He declares a crusade against the Turks....and then new taxes are announced. Caterina Sforza's new ally strikes.

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