10 Facts About Innocent VIII


Innocent VIII became a priest in the retinue of Cardinal Calandrini, half-brother to Pope Nicholas V, Bishop of Savona under Pope Paul II, and with the support of Cardinal Giuliano Della Rovere.

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Shortly after his investiture, Innocent VIII addressed a fruitless summons to Christendom to unite in a crusade against the Turks.

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Innocent VIII's rule was contested by his brother Cem, who sought the support of the Mamluks of Egypt.

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The letter of Innocent VIII is not an approval of the book to which it was appended, but rather a charge to inquisitors to investigate diabolical sorcery and a warning to those who might impede them in their duty, that is, a papal letter in the by then conventional tradition established by John XXII and other popes through Eugenius IV and Nicholas V .

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In 1487, Innocent VIII confirmed Tomas de Torquemada as Grand Inquisitor of Spain.

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Also in 1487, Innocent VIII issued a bull denouncing the views of the Waldensians, offering plenary indulgence to all who should engage in a Crusade against them.

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In 1486, Innocent VIII was persuaded that at least thirteen of the 900 theses of Giovanni Pico della Mirandola were heretical, and the book containing the theses was interdicted.

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Innocent VIII was first buried in the Oratory of Our Lady in Old St Peter's Basilica.

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Innocent VIII had two illegitimate children born before he entered the clergy "towards whom his nepotism had been as lavish as it was shameless".

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Innocent VIII's grandnephew was Bindo Altoviti, one of the most influential bankers of his time and patron of the arts, being friends with Raphael and Michelangelo.

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