The Lives and Times of the Popes

The Lives and Times of the Popes

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1911 edition. Excerpt: the same year, 1577, the pontiff erected in South America three cathedrals, with the right of patronage--Santa Marta, Truxillo, and Arequipa. King Sebastian, a prince of whom the most brilliant hopes were formed, reigned in Portugal. He contemplated extensive conquests in Africa, and would not listen to any of his councillors who endeavored to dissuade him from that project. Gregory granted various spiritual advantages which he had ardently solicited. New iron-mines were discovered in Spoleto, and Gregory farmed them out, to the profit of the treasury, at very high royalties. The apostolic chamber had thus a new source of revenue. For six years Buoncompagni, father of the cardinal of Saint Sixtus, and brother of the pope, had lived in Bologna without visiting the pope after his elevation. This year, desiring to see the pontificate more closely, he privately set out for Rome. The Holy Father, informed of his journey, and resolved to give no cause of complaint, was disinclined to have more of his family at court, and especially not his sisterin-law, Cecilia Bargelini, a woman of haughty character. When the party reached Otricoli, they were met by orders to return. With equal courage Gregory confined at Perugia one of his relatives for having on his own authority rescued an esteemed servitor from prison. In vain influential princes represented that the fault had been immediately repaired, and that the servant had been voluntarily returned to the prison: the pope was inflexible, and would not overlook the infractions of the laws of the land, which set so dangerous an example to other relatives of the sovereign. On the 4th of March, 1577, Gregory created cardinal Albert of Austria, sixth son of Maximilian II (and of Mary of Austria, more

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  • Paperback | 84 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 168g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236811399
  • 9781236811394