For years the Papacy had been the seat not only of the leader of the Church

For years the Papacy had been the seat not only of the leader of the Church

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For years the Papacy had been the seat not only of the leader of the Church, but also of  shrewd, if not always ethical politicians. Though Pope Sixtus IV and Pope Alexander VI  had lived lives of corruption and excess unbefitting a leader of the moral responsibility  they held, they, and Rome along with them, had prospered. Leo X had similarly been a  talented bargainer and administrator, proving that such skills could exist without the  moral transgressions of his predecessors. The Renaissance Papacy was characterized  by popes who had devoted themselves more to their role as political leader than that of  spiritual figure. This is the real irony of the 1527 fall of Rome, and in truth, all of Italy: at  a time that, above all else, demanded a pope who could be an international statesmen, 
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  • Fall '08
  • Murphy
  • political leader, Italian city­states, city­ states economy, great trading cities, joyous Italian states.

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