In February 1459, when Aeneas Silvius Piccolomini returned to his birthplace of Corsignano as the newly-elected Pope Pius II, he found its medieval buildings, like their inhabitants, "bowed down with old age.
That this could and did occur is made abundantly clear in a decree of the town council of Siena, dated 5 October 1460, stating that "any member of the court of our Lord Pope Pius II of Siena who wishes so .
As Pope Pius II
, Aeneas expressed regret that his youthful writings had not "languished in obscurity" (394).
Similarly, female patronage of architecture, long thought to have been societally unacceptable or even impossible, is revealed to be the province of a woman like Caterina Piccolomini, who as the sister of Pope Pius II
, could contribute to the family's status in Siena.
19 /PRNewswire/ -- The American Jewish Congress declared today that the announcement by the Vatican that a commission of Jewish and Catholic scholars will examine the Church's archives to explore the actions of the institutional Church and Pope Pius II
during the Holocaust poses a dilemma for the Jewish community: the action is a welcome response to previous Jewish criticism of Pope John Paul II's Holocaust statement in 1998, but unfortunately it is not clear that the information that will be made accessible will be adequate for serious scholarly and historical purposes.
Subsequent political intrigue induced Pope Pius II
to confirm the ancient metropolis reestablished in Kiev in 1458 and to confirm Gregory as its metropolitan.
On the arrival of Pope Pius II
in Mantua for the Congress of 1459, among those waiting outside the Cathedral to greet him, strategically positioned on a specially constructed platform, were Barbara of Brandenburg, wife of Lodovico Gonzaga, Marquis of Mantua, and Bianca Maria Visconti, wife of Francesco Sforza, Duke of Milan, the latter accompanied by her children, including the thirteen-year-old Ippolita Sforza, and a retinue of "noble girls and women" (nobili fanciulle e gentildonne).
She was buried with all due honors in her tomb in San Francesco which had aroused such rage in Pope Pius II