Innocent VIII

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Noun1.Innocent VIII - Italian pope from 1484 to 1492 who was known as a nepotist and was attacked by Savonarola for his worldliness (1432-1492)
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From August 11, 1492, when Borgia was elevated from the position of Papal Vice-Chancellor and Spanish Cardinal of Valencia into the Papal throne that was left empty by the death of Innocent VIII, he led a colourful life -- full of political intrigue, diplomacy and deceit.
After Pope Innocent VIII died of a fever that swept through Rome, Rodrigo Borgia, the patriarch of the family, is elected as Pope Alexander VI, despite the corruption and bribery which surrounded the decision.
Five popes later, Pope Innocent VIII, in 1490 sent a letter known as the Butter-Letter to the prince which granted the use of butter without having to pay a fine, but only for the Prince Elector and his family and household.
1 It opens in 1492, as corrupt cardinal Rodrigo Borgia schemes to position himself as the successor to the ailing Pope Innocent VIII - but first he needs to overcome his Spanish heritage, which is seen as a distinct disadvantage among the Vatican's ruling elite.
Another high point of the book is the meticulous and sure-footed consideration of the tombs of Sixtus re and Innocent VIII, which Antonio Pollaiuolo executed in Rome towards the end of his life.
These supposed 'witches' were condemned by Pope Innocent VIII in his Bull of 1484, which started the witch craze in Europe, estimated to have caused the death (mostly a horrible one) of up to 9 million women from the 15th to the 18th century.