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Pope Marcellus II

1501 - 1555

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Pope Marcellus II (Italian: Marcello II; 6 May 1501 – 1 May 1555), born Marcello Cervini degli Spannocchi, was a Papalini Catholic prelate who served as head of the Catholic Church and ruler of the Papal States from 9 April 1555 until his death 22 days later. He succeeded Pope Julius III. Before his accession as pope he had been Cardinal-Priest of Santa Croce in Gerusalemme. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Pope Marcellus II has received more than 275,920 page views. His biography is available in 67 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 65 in 2019). Pope Marcellus II is the 182nd most popular religious figure (up from 188th in 2019), the 215th most popular biography from Italy (up from 228th in 2019) and the 76th most popular Italian Religious Figure.

Pope Marcellus II was most famous for being the pope who was in office when the Great Western Schism began.

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Among religious figures, Pope Marcellus II ranks 182 out of 2,238Before him are Pope Callixtus III, Ānanda, Pope Clement IX, Mani, Pope Urban III, and Pope Leo III. After him are Pope Honorius III, Jacques de Molay, Pope Clement VI, Rita of Cascia, Pope Clement X, and Pope Boniface V.

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Among people born in 1501, Pope Marcellus II ranks 2Before him is Anne Boleyn. After him are Gerolamo Cardano, Isabella of Austria, Garcilaso de la Vega, Queen Munjeong, Yi Hwang, Pietro Andrea Mattioli, Sahib I Giray, Leonhart Fuchs, Bairam Khan, and Ivan Susanin. Among people deceased in 1555, Pope Marcellus II ranks 3Before him are Joanna of Castile and Pope Julius III. After him are Georgius Agricola, Kara Ahmed Pasha, Henry II of Navarre, Jacob Clemens non Papa, Pedro Mascarenhas, Thomas of Villanova, Oronce Finé, Herri met de Bles, and Heinrich Aldegrever.

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Among people born in Italy, Pope Marcellus II ranks 215 out of 4,668Before him are Adriano Celentano (1938), Enrico Caruso (1873), Sergio Leone (1929), Farinelli (1705), Pope Urban III (1200), and Pope Leo III (750). After him are Marie de' Medici (1575), Pliny the Younger (61), Pope Honorius III (1148), Messalina (17), Rita of Cascia (1381), and Diodorus Siculus (-90).


Among religious figures born in Italy, Pope Marcellus II ranks 76Before him are Pope Gregory VIII (1100), Pope Boniface IX (1350), Pope Clement XIII (1693), Pope Clement IX (1600), Pope Urban III (1200), and Pope Leo III (750). After him are Pope Honorius III (1148), Rita of Cascia (1381), Pope Clement X (1590), Pope Boniface V (575), Pope Celestine V (1215), and Pope Lucius I (200).