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Pope Adrian VI

1459 - 1523

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Pope Adrian VI (Latin: Hadrianus VI; Italian: Adriano 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 the 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 its rector (the equivalent of president or vice-chancellor). Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Pope Adrian VI has received more than 667,520 page views. His biography is available in 73 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 72 in 2019). Pope Adrian VI is the 206th most popular religious figure (down from 84th in 2019), the 22nd most popular biography from Netherlands (down from 14th in 2019) 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 206 out of 2,238Before him are Pope Benedict XII, Pope Benedict VIII, Malik ibn Anas, Pope Celestine III, Padre Pio, and John of Nepomuk. After him are Francis de Sales, Pope Innocent VII, Pope Felix I, Pope Innocent IX, John of the Cross, and Pope Urban VI.

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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, Hersekzade Ahmed Pasha, John I Albert, Michael Sittow, and Cima da Conegliano. Among people deceased in 1523, Pope Adrian VI ranks 2Before him is Pietro Perugino. After him are Ulrich von Hutten, Luca Signorelli, Gerard David, Mehmed I Giray, Antonio Grimani, Prospero Colonna, Bogislaw X, Duke of Pomerania, Franz von Sickingen, Bartolomeo Montagna, and Ashikaga Yoshitane.

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In Netherlands

Among people born in Netherlands, Pope Adrian VI ranks 22 out of 1,427Before him are Daniel Bernoulli (1700), Hendrik Lorentz (1853), M. C. Escher (1898), William III of England (1650), Jacobus Henricus van 't Hoff (1852), and Pieter Zeeman (1865). After him are Willem Barentsz (1550), Johannes Diderik van der Waals (1837), Wilhelmina of the Netherlands (1880), Juliana of the Netherlands (1909), Heike Kamerlingh Onnes (1853), and Henry VI, Holy Roman Emperor (1165).

Among RELIGIOUS FIGURES In Netherlands

Among religious figures born in Netherlands, Pope Adrian VI ranks 1After him are Menno Simons (1496), Lambert of Maastricht (635), John of Leiden (1509), Lidwina (1380), Geert Groote (1340), Wim Hof (1959), Ludger (742), Johannes Willebrands (1909), Peter Hans Kolvenbach (1928), Adrianus Johannes Simonis (1931), and Balthasar Bekker (1634).