Death of Pope Paul II, Hated by Many

Death of Pope Paul II, Hated by Many

Pope Paul II
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Pope Paul II dies. Paul has not been popular among the humanists because of his repression of scholars and suppression of the Roman academy. Others hated him because of his corrupt behavior.

Like other Renaissance popes, Paul II was a great lover of shows and spectacles. He spent large sums of money collecting silk clothing and jewelry and had the Palazzo di Venezia built in Rome. He also declared that Jubilee Years should be held four times every century instead of the traditional two in order to satisfy his love of shows.

Himself a beneficiary of nepotism because of his uncle, Pope Eugenius IV, Pope Paul II promised to end the practice during his reign, along with implementing other reforms which were designed to improve the morals and administration of the Vatican.

Unfortunately, he also inherited political difficulties from his predecessor, Pius II, particularly a conflict with the Turks. In 1470 the last Venetian outpost in Greece, Euboea, was finally overrun; Paul tried to call for a crusade, but nothing much came of it.

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