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BiographyGiovanni de' Medici, the future pope Leo X, was born on Dec. 11, 1475. His father, Lorenzo de' Medici or Lorenzo the Magnificent, ruled Florence. His uncle, Giuliano de' Medici, had been assassinated by agents of Pope Sixtus IV, who as ruler of Rome was a political rival.

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Significance and Impact on HistoryPope Leo X was known for being the head of the Roman Catholic Church, the sale of indulgences to reconstruct St. Peter's Basilica and his challenging of Martin Luther's 95 theses. He was the second son of Lorenzo de' Medici, the most famous ruler of the Florentine Republic, and Clarice Orsini. He strengthened the papacy's political power in Europe, but his lavish spending depleted his treasury. He discouraged reforms at the fifth Lateran Council, and he responded inadequately to the Reformation, excommunicating Martin Luther in 1521 and failing to address the need for change, a lapse that signaled the end of the unified Western church.. Under his pontificate, Christianity assumed a pagan character, which, passing from art into manners.

Giovanni de' Medici, or Pope Leo X, was born December 11, 1475 in Italy. He died on December 1, 1521. He ruled as Pope from 1513 to 1521..


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