Tuesday, August 30, 2011

History Trivia

August 30, 1181 Pope Alexander III died. 1464 Pope Paul II elected. Although Paul II was considered a personally generous man, his political methods resulted in uneasy international relations. He fought stridently against the Hussites, convinced King Mathias of Hungary to declare war against Bohemia and its king, George, who was sympathetic to the Hussite cause. He also fought for a crusade against the Turks, which never materialized. Paul patronized scholars, collected antiquities, built the Palazzo Venezia, and founded the first printing presses in Rome. Yet he also closed the humanist Roman Academy, arrested its members, and had one of its leaders tortured on charges of conspiracy. 1525 Treaty of the More signed between Henry VIII of England and Francis I of France. England agreed to give up some territorial claims on France. In return, France was to pay a pension and was to prevent the Duke of Albany from returning to Scotland.

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