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Pope Clement VII

1478 - 1534

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Pope Clement VII (Latin: Clemens VII; Italian: Clemente VII; born Giulio de' Medici; 26 May 1478 – 25 September 1534) was head of the Catholic Church and ruler of the Papal States from 19 November 1523 to his death on 25 September 1534. Deemed "the most unfortunate of the popes", Clement VII's reign was marked by a rapid succession of political, military, and religious struggles—many long in the making—which had far-reaching consequences for Christianity and world politics.Elected in 1523 at the end of the Italian Renaissance, Clement came to the papacy with a high reputation as a statesman. He had served with distinction as chief advisor to Pope Leo X (1513–1521), Pope Adrian VI (1522–1523), and commendably as gran maestro of Florence (1519–1523). Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Pope Clement VII has received more than 2,017,620 page views. His biography is available in 74 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 71 in 2019). Pope Clement VII is the 55th most popular religious figure (down from 49th in 2019), the 60th most popular biography from Italy (down from 58th in 2019) and the 7th most popular Italian Religious Figure.

Pope Clement VII is most famous for being the pope during the time of the Protestant Reformation.

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Among religious figures, Pope Clement VII ranks 55 out of 2,238Before him are Job, Pope Pius XII, Bartholomew the Apostle, Jerome, Anthony the Great, and Anthony of Padua. After him are Luke the Evangelist, Benedict of Nursia, Abu Hanifa, Hildegard of Bingen, Pope Alexander VI, and Thomas the Apostle.

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Among people born in 1478, Pope Clement VII ranks 3Before him are Thomas More and Francisco Pizarro. After him are Hayreddin Barbarossa, Philip I of Castile, Giorgione, Baldassare Castiglione, John, Prince of Asturias, Jan Gossaert, Pánfilo de Narváez, Hatuey, and Surdas. Among people deceased in 1534, Pope Clement VII ranks 1After him are Hafsa Sultan, Antonio da Correggio, Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, Alfonso I d'Este, Duke of Ferrara, Marcantonio Raimondi, Thomas Cajetan, Philippe Villiers de L'Isle-Adam, Stephen VIII Báthory, Barbara Jagiellon, Otto Brunfels, and Antonio da Sangallo the Elder.

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Among people born in Italy, Pope Clement VII ranks 60 out of 4,668Before him are Claudio Monteverdi (1567), Sophia Loren (1934), Empedocles (-490), Federico Fellini (1920), Fibonacci (1170), and Lucretius (-94). After him are Umberto Eco (1932), Guglielmo Marconi (1874), Vespasian (9), Antonio Stradivari (1644), Benedict of Nursia (480), and Luciano Pavarotti (1935).


Among religious figures born in Italy, Pope Clement VII ranks 7Before him are Francis of Assisi (1182), Saint Lucy (283), Pope John Paul I (1912), Pope John XXIII (1881), Pope Gregory I (540), and Pope Pius XII (1876). After him are Benedict of Nursia (480), Pope Pius XI (1857), Saint Valentine (226), Pope Sylvester I (300), Pope Gregory XIII (1502), and Pope Julius II (1443).