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Pius II

Italian pope from 1458 to 1464 who is remembered for his unsuccessful attempt to lead a crusade against the Turks (1405-1464).  Synonyms: Aeneas Silvius, Enea Silvio Piccolomini.

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... retracting them at the first opportunity, it is impossible to say. This, however, is certain, that half a dozen years had scarcely elapsed before these concessions were brought into question and dispute; while, in less than thirty, Pope Pius II formally withdrew altogether the papal recognition of them, 1462; though a struggle for their maintenance, not always unsuccessful, lasted ...
— The Great Events by Famous Historians, Volume 07 • Various

... the policy of the pontiffs after that date, for the menace of the Turk seemed so imminent that the heads of Christendom did all that was possible to unite the nations in a crusade. This was the keynote of the statesmanship of Calixtus III [Sidenote: Calixtus III 1455-8] and of his successor, Pius II. [Sidenote: Pius II 1458-64] Before his elevation to the see of Peter this talented writer, known to literature as Aeneas Sylvius, had, at the Council of Basle, published a strong argument against the extreme ...
— The Age of the Reformation • Preserved Smith

Words linked to "Pius II" :   Roman Catholic Pope, Vicar of Christ, Holy Father, pontiff, Bishop of Rome, pope, Catholic Pope

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