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Alessandro Farnese

Italian pope from 1534 to 1549 who excommunicated Henry VIII of England in 1538 and initiated the Council of Trent in 1545; was active in the Counter Reformation and promoted the Society of Jesus for this purpose (1468-1549).  Synonym: Paul III.

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... been effected by maintaining a close bond of union between its members. The death of Clement in 1534 obscured his prospects in the Church. He was still too young to intrigue for the tiara. The new Pope, Alessandro Farnese, soon after his election, displayed a vigour which was unexpected from his age, together with a nepotism which his previous character had scarcely warranted. The Cardinal de' Medici felt himself excluded and oppressed. He joined ...
— Sketches and Studies in Italy and Greece, Complete - Series I, II, and III • John Symonds

Words linked to "Alessandro Farnese" :   Catholic Pope, Roman Catholic Pope, Vicar of Christ, Bishop of Rome, Paul III, pontiff, Holy Father, pope

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