The Papacy continued to be a force for change in Rome

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The Papacy continued to be a force for change in Rome. However, as Rome became  wealthier and more powerful corruption in the Papacy grew. The pattern continued  throughout the fiteenth century. With the election of Pope Sixtus IV in 1471, the Papacy  began a plunge toward moral degradation while Rome itself ascended to the greatest  splendor it had achieved since Roman times. Under Sixtus IV, nepotism reached new  and corrupt heights. Sixtus' 'nephews' (the papal nephew was a long-standing way of  referring to the pope's illegitimate children) were granted influential posts and huge  salaries. Sixtus IV even entered into a conspiracy to have the powerful Medici family  assassinated when he thought they were getting in one of his nephew's way. This model  for papal rule was followed throughout the Renaissance, undermining papal moral  authority, but allowing the Papacy to grow politically and economically strong.  Yet at the same time, Pope Sixtus IV took great strides to redesign and rebuild Rome,  widening the streets and destroying the crumbling ruins. He commissioned the 
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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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