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Issue 05 – Saint Anselm 2021

Historia Ecclesiastica

A Good Word For Alexander VI

On the (unfairly?) maligned pontiff.


In the whole of recorded history, has there ever been a more infamous figure than Roderigo Borgia, Pope Alexander VI, the most extravagantly wicked of all the wicked Borgias, indeed surely the ultimate champion of depravity?

This should not have the appearance of an extravagant question. Open any standard history or book of reference, including those written by Catholics, and you will find the same generally accepted picture, summarized as well as anyone else by one of his countless biographers, Orestes Ferrara, who tells us on the first page of his great work:

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About the author

N. M. Gwynne