Death of Pope Nicholas III

Death of Pope Nicholas III

Pope Nicholas III
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Pope Nicholas III dies in Rome, either from a heart attack or possibly a stroke.

Nicholas III's papacy was largely involved with political machinations — arranged marriages, arranged negotiations between different European rulers, and arranged political offices.

He decreed that no outside prince could be permitted to become a senator in Rome without papal approval, and at the same time had himself named senator for life.

Pope Nicholas III also engaged in a major renovation of St. Peter's Basilica and the Vatican Palace, which he made his official residence. Like many popes of this era, Nicholas III engaged in repeated nepotism — something which caused Dante to depict him in hell in his work The Divine Comedy.

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