Pope Adrian VI

1459 - 1523

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Pope Adrian VI (Latin: Hadrianus VI; Dutch: Adrianus/Adriaan VI), born Adriaan Florensz Boeyens (2 March 1459 – 14 September 1523), was head of the Catholic Church and ruler of the Papal States from 9 January 1522 until his death on 14 September 1523. The only Dutchman to become pope, he was the last non-Italian pope until Polish John Paul II 455 years later. Born in the Episcopal principality of Utrecht, Adrian studied at the University of Leuven in the Low Countries, where he rose to the position of professor of theology, also serving as rector (the equivalent of vice-chancellor). Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Pope Adrian VI has received more than 515,683 page views. His biography is available in 72 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 69 in 2019). Pope Adrian VI is the 84th most popular religious figure (down from 80th in 2019), the 14th most popular biography from Netherlands and the most popular Dutch Religious Figure.

Pope Adrian VI was most famous for being the last pope to be born in the Netherlands. He was also the first pope to be born outside of Italy.

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Among religious figures, Pope Adrian VI ranks 84 out of 2,272Before him are Margaret the Virgin, Jude the Apostle, Philip the Apostle, Ezekiel, Pope Pius X, and Pope Paul III. After him are Catherine of Alexandria, Simon the Zealot, Pope Benedict XV, Bernard of Clairvaux, Pope Leo X, and Girolamo Savonarola.

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Among people born in 1459, Pope Adrian VI ranks 2Before him is Maximilian I, Holy Roman Emperor. After him are Muhammad XII of Granada, Martin Behaim, Sultan Cem, Lorenzo di Credi, Jakob Fugger, Charles, Count of Angoulême, John I Albert, Cima da Conegliano, Hersekzade Ahmed Pasha, and Conrad Celtes. Among people deceased in 1523, Pope Adrian VI ranks 1After him are Pietro Perugino, Luca Signorelli, Ulrich von Hutten, Gerard David, Mehmed I Giray, Prospero Colonna, Antonio Grimani, Franz von Sickingen, Bartolomeo Montagna, Ashikaga Yoshitane, and Bernardino López de Carvajal.

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In Netherlands

Among people born in Netherlands, Pope Adrian VI ranks 14 out of 1,209Before him are Piet Mondrian (1872), Mata Hari (1876), Christiaan Huygens (1629), Antonie van Leeuwenhoek (1632), Johan Cruyff (1947), and Hugo Grotius (1583). After him are Beatrix of the Netherlands (1938), Daniel Bernoulli (1700), Hendrik Lorentz (1853), Abel Tasman (1603), M. C. Escher (1898), and William III of England (1650).

Among RELIGIOUS FIGURES In Netherlands

Among religious figures born in Netherlands, Pope Adrian VI ranks 1After him are Menno Simons (1496), John of Leiden (1509), Lidwina (1380), Lambert of Maastricht (635), Geert Groote (1340), Ludger (742), Peter Hans Kolvenbach (1928), Johannes Willebrands (1909), Wim Hof (1959), Bernardus Johannes Alfrink (1900), and Adrianus Johannes Simonis (1931).