But the popes who succeeded this astute and prescient pontiff, notably Sixtus IV, Innocent VIII
, and Alexander VI, were less interested in maintaining peace in the peninsula and more concerned with promoting the aggrandizement of their families.
Gutenberg's neat idea threw the church into a tizzy, though, and in 1467 Pope Innocent VIII
decreed that all new books had to be reviewed by authorities before general issuance.
When POpe Innocent VIII
died in the summer of 1492, Cardinal de Borja was not regarded as a serious candidate.
Two angels welcome us to the exhibit as they hold up the wreath with the coat of arms of Pope Innocent VIII
, made of glazed terra cotta around 1484-87 by Benedetto Buglioni.
This work was compiled by two German inquisitors, Jacob Sprenger and Heinrich Institoris, subsequent to the papal bull of Innocent VIII
, Summis desiderantes effectibus, authorising the persecution of witches in certain dioceses in 1484.
These supposed 'witches' were condemned by Pope Innocent VIII
in his Bull of 1484, which started the witch craze in Europe, estimated to have caused the death (mostly a horrible one) of up to 9 million women from the 15th to the 18th century.