Da Vinci's Demons

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  • This critically acclaimed series follows the "untold" story of Leonardo Da Vinci…the amazing world renowned genius during his early years in Renaissance Florence.

    As a 25-year old artist, inventor, swordsman, dreamer and idealist, watch as he struggles to live within the confines of his own time as he begins to not only see the future….but invent it!

    The show follows Leonardo as he is implicated in the political schemes of the Medici and Pazzi families and their contrasting relationships with the Catholic Church. These events occur alongside Leonardo's quest to obtain the Book of Leaves as he finds himself entangled with a cult known as the Sons of Mithras.

    Winner of two Emmy Awards, this beautiful BBC production was shot on location in Wales .

    Episode 1 - The Hanged Man
    A delicate truce between Milan and Florence is disrupted. Lorenzo de Medici’s dilettante brother Giuliano suggests an Easter celebration as a show of power and commissions the rising artisan Leonardo da Vinci to create a spectacle at the event. After some manoeuvring, da Vinci is commissioned to sketch Lorenzo’s mistress Lucrezia Donati. Meanwhile, Pope Sixtus IV hears of the successful assassination of the Duke of Milan and the brilliant war engineer hired by Lorenzo. Leonardo is intrigued by a mysterious Turk that appears in Florence.

    Episode 2 - The Serpent
    Leonardo continues his quest for the Book of Leaves while the Pope’s nephew, Girolamo Riario, arrives in Florence with designs to uncover what Leonardo knows about the book. Leonardo’s war designs for the Medicis are failing, infuriating them as Rome’s influence increases daily. Riario secretly meets his spy in the Medici court. Defeated by Leonardo, Riario returns to Rome with news of da Vinci’s prowess and Florence’s might.

    Episode 3 - The Prisoner
    Riario discusses his defeat with Pope Sixtus, as well as a mysterious prisoner in the Vatican dungeon, whom Riario seems to trust more than anyone. Lorenzo hears news of an outbreak of demonic possessions in a nearby convent. Rome blames it on the Medici’s lack of piety and so Giuliano is sent to solve the problem. He arrives to find Leonardo already using his scientific knowledge to explore rational explanations for the outbreak. Meanwhile the search for the Medici spy intensifies.

    Episode 4 - The Magician
    Giuliano confronts Lorenzo about the arrest of Becchi, who is accused of being a spy for Rome. The conflict between Rome and Florence intensifies as both armies face off. Riario, at the helm of the Roman army, orders Lorenzo to surrender, but Leonardo reveals his latest weapon to deter them. Back in Florence, Becchi receives a visitor in prison and is given a gift. Lorenzo throws a fete in da Vinci’s honor to celebrate their victory over Rome but the celebration is interrupted by Officers of the Night (at the behest of the Pazzis) who arrest da Vinci on charges of sodomy.

    Episode 5 - The Tower
    Knowing that the accusations against da Vinci are an attack by Rome, Lorenzo orders Piero da Vinci to defend his estranged son in court. King Ferdinand and the notably pious Queen Isabella of Spain meet Lorenzo to discuss business and while in Florence they are entertained by Giuliano’s staging of a play. During the distraction of the performance, Leonardo manages to turn the tables on the corrupt judge, forcing him to drop the charges. Da Vinci returns to his workshop where he is surprised by the Turk.

    Episode 6 - The Devil
    The Turk sends Leonardo in search of the Abyssinian who has clues to the Book of Leaves. Together with Zoroaster and Nico, Leonardo heads to Wallachia to see Vlad Dracula, otherwise known as Vlad the Impaler, where the Abyssinian is imprisoned. Back in Florence, Lorenzo and Piero meet the Duke of Urbino to build a strategic alliance, while Giuliano is intent on finding the true spy and works diligently to clear Becchi’s name. Leonardo faces off with Vlad Dracula and, ultimately, uncovers another clue surrounding the Book of Leaves.

    Episode 7 - The Hierophant
    On the final day of Carnival in Rome, Leonardo builds an underwater suit and breaks into the Vatican through the sewers in search of the second key to the Vault of Heaven – bringing him face to face with both the Pope and the mysterious Prisoner. Giuliano uncovers and reveals the true identity of Rome’s spy. Pope Sixtus tempts Leonardo with access to the Secret Archives but it is Nico who retrieves the second key from Riario and brings them one step closer to the Book of Leaves.

    Episode 8 - The Lovers
    The Pazzi conspirators plan to overthrow the Medicis by assassinating Lorenzo and Giuliano at Mass on Easter Sunday. Meanwhile, the Turk instructs da Vinci that he must head to Cape Verde on a ship that will leave at dawn on Easter and take him to the land containing the Book of Leaves. Lucrezia admits to Leonardo that she is the spy, but she still wants to save the Medicis from their fate at the hands of the Pazzi family. Leonardo sets out to save the Medicis from attack but when Lorenzo spots Lucrezia’s ring he realizes that his saviour has also stolen his lover..