Rodrigo Borgia

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Rodrigo Borgia, later Alexander VI, has assumed the role of the archetypical  Renaissance pope. Historians cite his exploits as pontiff as representative of the  nepotism and corruption that plagued the Papacy throughout the Renaissance period.  Certainly, the effect Alexander had upon Italy and upon the popular view of the Papacy  cannot be denied. Even in his own time, the Borgia family took on legendary status in  Italy as cruel and manipulative monsters. Many saw the rise of Rodrigo Borgia to the  papal throne as a sign of impending demise for the Catholic Church. However, both Italy  and the Catholic Church survived Alexander VI's reign, and perhaps even learned some  valuable lessons, for Julius II and Pope Leo X reversed the slide of the Papacy and  ushered in the Golden Age of Rome, during which both the city and its rulers were  admired and respected, reversing the trend under which the Papacy had slipped into  moral degradation while the physical city itself rose to new heights. 
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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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