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The Legacy of Pope Alexander VI

[This is part of Catholic Analysis’ special series on Pope Alexander VI. This final part, the eighth, gives the rest of his legacy. Read the seventh part.] “..the history of Alexander VI as it has reached us is a tissue

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Pope Alexander VI and the Spanish

[This is part of Catholic Analysis’ special series on Pope Alexander VI. This part, the seventh, touches on his closeness with his native country. Read the sixth part.] Br. J.B. Darcy points out some necessary background information: “For centuries, Spain

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Pope Alexander VI and the French

[This is part of Catholic Analysis’ special series on Pope Alexander VI. This part, the sixth, grapples with Alexander’s interesting relations with the French. Read the fifth part.] With a devout personality, encouraged by his friend, St. Francis of Paola,

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Pope Alexander VI and the Italians

[This is part of Catholic Analysis’ special series on Pope Alexander VI. This part, the fifth, explains Alexander’s connections with the Italians. Read the fourth part.] Once his installment was settled, the pope set about making many changes. Alexander was

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The Cardinalate of Rodrigo Borgia

[This is part of Catholic Analysis’ special series on Pope Alexander VI. This part, the third, elaborates on Rodrigo’s time as a cardinal. Read the second part.] Rodrigo Borgia was given the red hat by his uncle, Pope Callixtus III,

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The Borgia Family

[This is part of Catholic Analysis’ special series on Pope Alexander VI. This part, the second, deals with the pontiff’s family. Read the first part.] Vannozza dei Cattanei was Rodrigo Borgia’s mistress and the mother of his children. She “doubtless

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The Personality of Pope Alexander VI

[This is part of Catholic Analysis’ special series on Pope Alexander VI. This part, the first, details the pontiff’s personality.] Rodrigo Borgia was born on 1 January 1431, in Xativa, Spain. Thus, he was most likely baptized at the site

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