Fellow Florentine Francesco Vettori wrote of Pope Clement VII

Fellow Florentine Francesco Vettori wrote of Pope Clement VII

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Fellow Florentine Francesco Vettori wrote of Pope Clement VII, "if one considers the  lives of previous popes, one may truly say that, for more than a hundred years, no better  man than Clement VII sat upon the throne." Pope Clement VII followed a line of pontiffs  who had brought the Papacy to moral degradation with corruption and manipulation. He  epitomized what the leader of the Church should be—conscientious, loyal, discreet,  devout, and morally upstanding. However, these qualities did little to help him in his role  as politician. Such a ruler would have been dangerous at the center of Italian affairs in  any time, but the particular situation in which Clement VII found himself upon ascending  to the throne accentuated his flaws as a negotiator and decision-maker. 
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  • Fall '08
  • Murphy
  • political leader, Pope Clement VII, Pope Clement, Italian city­states, Florentine Francesco Vettori, great trading cities

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