Imperium: Season 3, Episode 3

Flammen über Rom (11 May 2008)

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Pope Leo X, of the wealthy Italian Medici banker family, held a luxurious profane Renaissance ruler court, inspired by Classical Antiquity, making his painter Rafael dig remains such as ... See full summary »

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Pope Leo X, of the wealthy Italian Medici banker family, held a luxurious profane Renaissance ruler court, inspired by Classical Antiquity, making his painter Rafael dig remains such as Christianity-persecuting emperor Nero's Golden palace. In 1511 the German Augustinian theologian Martin Luther visited his Rome, a stage on his journey to analyze and criticize the Catholic church's way to send money raised by such disputable ways as the sale of absolutions Leo introduced; failing to answer his popularly acclaimed call for reforms the church set Luther on the path to protestantism, a challenge which would lead to the Great Western Schism. Meanwhile Leo's successor, nepote Clement VII, literally bought his fellow cardinals' votes and played a power game between European hegemony rivals France and Habsburg, till emperor Charles V had enough and raised a mixed protestant-Catholic international, mainly German army to invade the Papal states and chase Clement, covered by his elite Swiss ... Written by KGF Vissers

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