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Were there any Medici popes?

Last Updated: 3rd March, 2020

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The Medici were a powerful and influential Florentine family from the 13th to 17th century. There were four popes who were related to the Medici and each other. Pope Clement VII (May 26, 1478 – September 25, 1534), born Giulio di Giuliano de' Medici, was a cardinal from 1513 to 1523 and was pope from 1523 to 1534.

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Then, how many popes were Medici?

four

Beside above, when did the Medici family end? The last Medici ruler died without a male heir in 1737, ending the family dynasty after almost three centuries.

Thereof, does the Medici bank still exist?

By 1494, the Milan branch of the Medici bank also ceased to exist. Even at the time of its downfall, the Medici bank was the biggest bank in Europe, with at least seven branches and over fifty factors. De Roover attributes the beginning of the bank's decline to Cosimo de' Medici.

Which Medici was killed in church?

An assassination attempt on the Medici brothers was made during mass at the Cathedral of Florence on April 26, 1478. Giuliano de' Medici was killed by Francesco Pazzi, but Lorenzo was able to defend himself and escaped only slightly wounded.

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