Julius Returns (1)

Michelangelo watched in horror as the defeated papal army stumbled into Rome. He waited in the hot June sun, hoping to catch a glimpse of Julius. But the pope was nowhere to be seen. The rumors were as thick as rats in the Tiber. Julius had been gravely wounded. Julius was dead. No one knew [...]

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A Defiant Pope (1)

With his army looming outside the walls of Bologna, Chaumont offered Julius the French king’s terms to end the conflict. Julius would have to comply with his obligations under the League of Cambrai — namely, not interfering with a French and German attack on Venice. Julius would also have to give up on launching his [...]

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Out with the Barbarians (1)

Ferrara was the key to the pope’s war with King Louis of France. Julius knew that if he could prove himself by taking Ferrara from Duke Alfonso, he would be one large step closer to driving the French out of Italy. He traveled to Bologna in September 1510, entering the city with a grand parade [...]

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