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Pietro Barbo

Born: 1417 AD
Died: 1471 AD
Nationality: Italian
Categories: Popes

1417 – Pope Paul II, Pietro Barbo, was born in Venice on the 23rd of February. He was a nephew of Pope Eugene IV.


1440 – He was made cardinal-priest of Sta. Cecilia, then of St. Marco by Nicholas V, was a favourite of Calixtus III and was unanimously and unexpectedly elected the successor of Pope Pius II. He immediately declared that election "capitulations", which cardinals had long been in the habit of affirming as rules of conduct for future popes, could affect a new pope only as counsels, not as binding obligations. He opposed with some success the domineering policy of the Venetian government in Italian affairs. His repeated condemnations of the Pragmatic Sanction of Bourges resulted in strained relations with Louis XI of France.


1464 – Announced as the Roman Catholic Pope.


1466 – He pronounced excommunication, and deposition against King George Podiebrad on the 23rd of December, for refusal to enforce the Basel agreement against the Utraquists.


1468 – Prevailed on Matthias Corvinus, King of Hungary, to declare war against him