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.
As Pope Pius II
, Aeneas expressed regret that his youthful writings had not "languished in obscurity" (394).
POPE Pius II
believed Hitler was possessed by Satan and tried to drive the devil out of his body, a new book has revealed.
1460); received sporadic assistance from Naples and Venice; his success was limited by clan jealousies, and Sultan Mehmet II concluded a ten-year truce with him (1461); broke the truce to attack the Turks, at the instigation of Pope Pius II
, in alliance with the Venetians and Hungarians (1463?
First is Nikolaos Sekoundinos's Defamilia Otthomanorum epitome ad Aeneam Senarum episcopum, a short work on the Ottoman sultans written for Aeneas Sylvius Piccolomini two years before he became Pope Pius II
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.
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