Pope Alexander VI

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Alexander VI
Papacy began 11 August 1492
Papacy ended 18 August 1503
Predecessor Innocent VIII
Successor Pius III
Personal details
Birth name Roderic Llançol i de Borja
Born (1431-01-01)1 January 1431
Xàtiva, Kingdom of Valencia
Died 18 August 1503(1503-08-18) (aged 72)
Rome
Other Popes named Alexander

Pope Alexander VI (Latin: Alexander Sextus; 1431–1503), born Rodrigo Lanzol y Borja, was an Spanish cleric of the Roman Catholic Church and the 215th Pope from 1492 to 1503.[1]

Early life[change | change source]

In 1431, Lanzol y Borja born in Xàtiva, which is near Valencia in Spain. His father was Jofre Lançol. His mother was Isabella Borgia, who was a sister of Cardinal Alfonso Borgia, who later became Pope Callixtus III.[2]

He was adopted into the immediate family of Pope Callixtus; and was known afterwards as Rodrigo Borgia.[2]

Cardinal[change | change source]

In 1456, he was made Cardinal.[2]

Pope[change | change source]

Desiderando nui, 1499

Cardinal Borgia was elected pope on August 11, 1492; and he took the name of Alexander VI.[2]

Pope Alexander is known for writing Inter Caetera in 1493.[3] In this papal decree, Alexander decided that some parts of South America would be Spanish or and some parts would be Portuguese.[2]

Related pages[change | change source]

References[change | change source]

Coat of arms of Alexander VI
  1. "List of Popes," Catholic Encyclopedia (2009); retrieved 2012-6-20.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 "Pope Alexander VI", Catholic Encyclopedia; retrieved 2012-6-20.
  3. National Museum of the American Indian, "Stolen People on Stolen Land"; retrieved 2012-6-20.

Other websites[change | change source]

Media related to Alexander VI at Wikimedia Commons

Preceded by
Innocent VIII
Pope
1492–1503
Succeeded by
Pius III