He was Georges d'Amboise, created a cardinal by Alexander VI
When the Duke de Valentinois, son of Alexander VI
, visited Louis XII of France, his horse was loaded with gold leaves, according to Brantome, and his cap had double rows of rubies that threw out a great light.
1495 - A bull from Pope Alexander VI
confirmed the foundation of Aberdeen University.
Pope Alexander VI
declared their marriage null and void on December 15, 1498.
1494: The Treaty of Tordesillas is signed Pope Alexander VI
divided the New World between Spain and Portugal, giving Portugal the coastline of Brazil - and subsequently its vast interior.
1492: The infamous and corrupt Roderigo Borgia bribed enough cardinals to become Pope Alexander VI
Das Lobgedicht des Pietro Lazzaroni an den Borgia Papst Alexander VI
There has been a suggestion that Christianity was introduced by the Portuguese, a narrative covered up during the 400 years of Spanish colonization, because when Pope Alexander VI
cut the world in half like an orange, and granted the rights to all unknown lands equally between the kingdoms of Spain and Portugal, the Philippines lay in the Portuguese side.
It's the winter of 1501-1502 when In the Name of the Family opens: Rodrigo Borgia is firmly ensconced in the Vatican as Pope Alexander VI
, who openly "uses his illegitimate children as weapons to carve a new dynastic block of power.
Centuries ago, of course, the love lives of the popes -and cardinals and various powerful prelates--became a source of constant fascination and scandal, and the tales of a bed-hopping Renaissance pope like Alexander VI
can still make for remarkable reading.
ON THIS DAY 1492: The infamous and corrupt Roderigo Borgia bribed enough cardinals to become Pope Alexander VI
In my convent school, where Zaide was de rigueur, we learned about how Pope Alexander VI
divided the world between Portugal and Spain in the Treaty of Tordesillas.