Pope Clement VIII

1536 - 1605

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Pope Clement VIII (Latin: Clemens VIII; Italian: Clemente VIII; 24 February 1536 – 3 March 1605), born Ippolito Aldobrandini, was head of the Catholic Church and ruler of the Papal States from 2 February 1592 to his death, in March 1605. Born in Fano, Italy to a prominent Florentine family, he initially came to prominence as a canon lawyer before being made a Cardinal-Priest in 1585. In 1592 he was elected Pope and took the name of Clement. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Pope Clement VIII has received more than 559,832 page views. His biography is available in 73 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 72 in 2019). Pope Clement VIII is the 133rd most popular religious figure (down from 125th in 2019), the 148th most popular biography from Italy (down from 138th in 2019) and the 40th most popular Italian Religious Figure.

Pope Clement VIII was most famous for his suppression of the Society of Jesus, or Jesuits. The Jesuits were a Catholic religious order founded by Ignatius of Loyola and approved by Pope Paul III in 1540. The Jesuits were known for their missionary work, education, and intellectualism.

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Among religious figures, Pope Clement VIII ranks 133 out of 3,187Before him are Pope Gregory IX, Hassan-i Sabbah, Pope Pius VIII, Pope Formosus, Margaret the Virgin, and Saint Dominic. After him are Mahavira, Pope Pius VI, Pope Clement V, Pope Leo XI, Anselm of Canterbury, and Pope Clement I.

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Among people born in 1536, Pope Clement VIII ranks 1After him are Toyotomi Hideyoshi, Yi I, Jeremias II of Constantinople, Ashikaga Yoshiteru, Johann VI, Count of Nassau-Dillenburg, Piotr Skarga, Ignazio Danti, Lucia Anguissola, Joachim Ernest, Prince of Anhalt, Leonardo Donato, and Balthasar Russow. Among people deceased in 1605, Pope Clement VIII ranks 2Before him is Akbar. After him are Pope Leo XI, Handan Sultan, Boris Godunov, Feodor II of Russia, Jean Nicot, Ulisse Aldrovandi, John Davis, Theodore Beza, Naresuan, and Jan Zamoyski.

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Among people born in Italy, Pope Clement VIII ranks 148 out of 5,161Before him are Adriano Celentano (1938), Guillaume Apollinaire (1880), Pope Pius VIII (1761), Pope Formosus (816), Plautus (-254), and Luigi Galvani (1737). After him are Marcello Mastroianni (1924), Victor Emmanuel III of Italy (1869), Andrea Mantegna (1431), Joseph-Louis Lagrange (1736), Pope Pius VI (1717), and Leon Battista Alberti (1404).


Among religious figures born in Italy, Pope Clement VIII ranks 40Before him are Pope Gregory XVI (1765), Pope Urban VII (1521), Pope Boniface VIII (1235), Pope Gregory IX (1160), Pope Pius VIII (1761), and Pope Formosus (816). After him are Pope Pius VI (1717), Pope Leo XI (1535), Anselm of Canterbury (1033), Pope Clement I (40), Pope Pius VII (1742), and Pope Paul V (1552).