Julius’s Fight

One school of thought contended that Julius needed provocation to help him recover. Girolamo Arsago, the Bishop of Ivrea, went to visit the pope in his bedchamber. The bishop brought the pope’s nephew, Francesco Maria della Rovere. The goal was to stir the pope’s famous temper, for Julius had still not forgiven his nephew. “Look [...]

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The Trials of Julius

Two problems made Julius irascible that summer: what to do with his murdering nephew, and how to turn the tables on the French. Francesco Maria della Rovere had sent his uncle countless letters, begging for a chance to come to Rome to plead his case over the death of Cardinal Alidosi. But Julius, still grieving [...]

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Murder in Ravenna (3)

As soon as he reached Ravenna, Cardinal Alidosi sent a message to Julius requesting an audience. He was relieved to receive an invitation to join the pope for dinner that night. All would be well, Alidosi thought. He must have beaten Francesco Maria to town. That night, as he rode to dinner along with a [...]

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