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Death of Pope Leo X

Pope Leo X

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Pope Leo X dies suddenly in Rome. He hasn't been ill and his death comes so quickly that no one is able to administer last rites to him. Some people believe that he has been poisoned, a fate not uncommon to members of the Medici family, but there is no hard evidence of this being the case.

Born Giovanni di Lorenzo de' Medici in Florence, he was the last non-priest to ever be elected to the papacy. Leo X was also pope when Martin Luther initiated the Protestant Reformation. The most immediate cause of that was Leo's decision to grant indulgences to all those who donate money for his massive reconstruction project for St. Peter's Basilica.

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