Pope Pius IV

1499 - 1565

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Pope Pius IV (31 March 1499 – 9 December 1565), born Giovanni Angelo Medici, was head of the Catholic Church and ruler of the Papal States from 25 December 1559 to his death in 1565. Born in Milan, his family considered itself a branch of the House of Medici and used the same coat of arms. Although modern historians have found no proof of this connection, the Medici of Florence recognized the claims of the Medici of Milan in the early 16th century.Pope Paul III appointed Medici Archbishop of Ragusa, and sent him on diplomatic missions to Germany and Hungary. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Pope Pius IV has received more than 282,149 page views. His biography is available in 70 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 69 in 2019). Pope Pius IV is the 140th most popular religious figure (down from 117th in 2019), the 176th most popular biography from Italy (down from 134th in 2019) and the 51st most popular Italian Religious Figure.

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Among religious figures, Pope Pius IV ranks 140 out of 2,272. Before him are Pope Gregory XII, Pope Sixtus V, Pope Clement XII, Pope Gregory XI, Pope Innocent X, and Pope Formosus. After him are Pope Gregory XV, Zechariah, Bernadette Soubirous, Pope Clement VI, Pope Paul IV, and Pope Martin V.

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Among people born in 1499, Pope Pius IV ranks 2Before him is Mary Boleyn. After him are Diane de Poitiers, Claude of France, Niccolò Fontana Tartaglia, Giulio Romano, Edmund Tudor, Duke of Somerset, Bernardino de Sahagún, Claude Garamond, Peter of Alcantara, Mirza Muhammad Haidar Dughlat, and Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo. Among people deceased in 1565, Pope Pius IV ranks 1After him are Conrad Gessner, Dragut, Lodovico Ferrari, Cipriano de Rore, William Farel, Ashikaga Yoshiteru, Diego Laynez, Ranuccio Farnese, Lucia Anguissola, Lope de Rueda, and Nicolaus von Amsdorf.

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Among people born in Italy, Pope Pius IV ranks 176 out of 4,088. Before him are Giorgione (1478), Pope Clement XII (1652), Pope Innocent X (1574), Catullus (-84), Pope Formosus (816), and Francis II, Holy Roman Emperor (1768). After him are Giovanni Bellini (1430), Pope Gregory XV (1554), Vincenzo Bellini (1801), Pliny the Younger (61), Pope Paul IV (1476), and Pope Martin V (1369).


Among religious figures born in Italy, Pope Pius IV ranks 51Before him are Pope Leo I (390), Pope Gregory XII (1335), Pope Sixtus V (1520), Pope Clement XII (1652), Pope Innocent X (1574), and Pope Formosus (816). After him are Pope Gregory XV (1554), Pope Paul IV (1476), Pope Martin V (1369), Pope Nicholas V (1397), Rita of Cascia (1381), and Pope Clement XI (1649).