After the return of the papacy

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After the return of the papacy, the first step in resurrecting Rome was the ascension of  Pope Nicholas V in 1447. As a monk in Tuscany, Nicholas V had been helped financially  by the Florentine banker Cosimo de Medici, who had lent him money without asking for  collateral. As a result, Nicholas appointed Cosimo Papal banker. Financed by the Medici  family, Nicholas set about founding the Vatican library. He collected influential works of  the ancient scholars from all corners of the continent. When Constantinople fell in 1453,  Nicholas V purchased many of the vast number of Greek volumes left ownerless. He  instilled the value of learning at the Vatican, spurring the beginning of intellectualism in  Rome. In his eight short years as pope, Nicholas V achieved miracles of destruction and  reconstruction in Rome, beginning the changes that would transform Rome into a 
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This note was uploaded on 12/12/2011 for the course HIST 1320 taught by Professor Murphy during the Fall '08 term at Texas State.

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