Pope Leo X (1475-1521) (Pope from 1513-1521) was the first of the four Medici popes.  Son of Lorenzo the Magnificent, he was a great patron of the arts including artists like Raphael and MIchelangelo.  His selling of indulgences led Martin Luther to post his 95 Thesis, sparking the Protestant Reformation.  This famous portrait with Caridnal Giulio de' Medici (later Pope Clement VII) in the background was painted by Raphael.

Pope Leo X (1475-1521) (Pope from 1513-1521) was the first of the four Medici popes. Son of Lorenzo the Magnificent, he was a great patron of the arts including artists like Raphael and MIchelangelo. His selling of indulgences led Martin Luther to post his 95 Thesis, sparking the Protestant Reformation. This famous portrait with Caridnal Giulio de' Medici (later Pope Clement VII) in the background was painted by Raphael.

Vatican 'Secret' Archives were resolutely a no go zone until 1881, when Pope Leo XIII opened them to researchers. The word "secret" simply refers to Private.

Vatican 'Secret' Archives were resolutely a no go zone until 1881, when Pope Leo XIII opened them to researchers. The word "secret" simply refers to Private.

Pope Leo X, born to the Medici Dynasty, was Pope from 1513 to his death in 1521. The 2nd heir of Lorenzo the Magnificent, ruler of the Florentine Republic, he was elevated to the cardinalate in 1489. Following the death of Pope Julius II, Leo was elected pope after securing the backing of the younger members of the Sacred College. In 1517, Leo led a costly war that succeeded in securing a member of his dynasty as duke of Urbino, but which damaged the papal finances.

Pope Leo X, born to the Medici Dynasty, was Pope from 1513 to his death in 1521. The 2nd heir of Lorenzo the Magnificent, ruler of the Florentine Republic, he was elevated to the cardinalate in 1489. Following the death of Pope Julius II, Leo was elected pope after securing the backing of the younger members of the Sacred College. In 1517, Leo led a costly war that succeeded in securing a member of his dynasty as duke of Urbino, but which damaged the papal finances.

Paus Leo X - Wikipedia

Paus Leo X - Wikipedia

RAFAEL SANZIO - "Papa Leão X com Cardeais Giulio de' Médici e Luigi de' Rossi" 1518-9, óleo sobre painel, 154x119 cm, Galleria.    Veja mais: http://www.auladearte.com.br/historia_da_arte/rafael.htm#ixzz30IRvvo98 Under Creative Commons License: Attribution Share Alike

RAFAEL SANZIO - "Papa Leão X com Cardeais Giulio de' Médici e Luigi de' Rossi" 1518-9, óleo sobre painel, 154x119 cm, Galleria. Veja mais: http://www.auladearte.com.br/historia_da_arte/rafael.htm#ixzz30IRvvo98 Under Creative Commons License: Attribution Share Alike

Pope Leo X, who was Pope from 1514 until his death in 1521. This was during Henry's early reign, and before his issues with the Church and before Anne Boleyn, of course. Therefore, Leo and Henry didn't have any issues of note.

Pope Leo X, who was Pope from 1514 until his death in 1521. This was during Henry's early reign, and before his issues with the Church and before Anne Boleyn, of course. Therefore, Leo and Henry didn't have any issues of note.

Pope Leo X   ~   “God gave us this, let us enjoy it”    A product of the Medici clan, he entered the clergy as a boy and was elevated to the papacy as a young man. His lifestyle was more secular than spiritual and his use of indulgences brought about a revolution within Christianity. The perfect foil for Martin Luther, his reign was consumed by the Reformation.  ,,,(Read more about Pope Leo X...)

Pope Leo X ~ “God gave us this, let us enjoy it” A product of the Medici clan, he entered the clergy as a boy and was elevated to the papacy as a young man. His lifestyle was more secular than spiritual and his use of indulgences brought about a revolution within Christianity. The perfect foil for Martin Luther, his reign was consumed by the Reformation. ,,,(Read more about Pope Leo X...)

Pope Leo X : The Son of Lorenzo de Medici. He Followed the reign of Julius II, ascending to the throne in 1513.  Pope Leo X continued the work begun during Julius II's pontificate, rebuilding all of Rome, and most specifically, St. Peter's basilica. His one grave error was to authorize the sale of indulgences to finance this project, an action which prompted the beginning of the Reformation movement.

Pope Leo X : The Son of Lorenzo de Medici. He Followed the reign of Julius II, ascending to the throne in 1513. Pope Leo X continued the work begun during Julius II's pontificate, rebuilding all of Rome, and most specifically, St. Peter's basilica. His one grave error was to authorize the sale of indulgences to finance this project, an action which prompted the beginning of the Reformation movement.

Pope Leo X 1475 – 1521.  Pope from 1513 to his death in 1521. Was born Giovanni di Lorenzo de' Medici, He is known for starting indulgences.(paying catholic for forgiveness of your sins)  and the writing the Exsurge Domine challenging of Martin Luther 95 Theses.  This was all a plan to show publicly an argument between the differing sides. This way catholic’s chose to create their own rebellion, one that could be more easily controlled and directed.

Pope Leo X 1475 – 1521. Pope from 1513 to his death in 1521. Was born Giovanni di Lorenzo de' Medici, He is known for starting indulgences.(paying catholic for forgiveness of your sins) and the writing the Exsurge Domine challenging of Martin Luther 95 Theses. This was all a plan to show publicly an argument between the differing sides. This way catholic’s chose to create their own rebellion, one that could be more easily controlled and directed.

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