|Pope Pius III
AKA Francesco Nanni Todeschini Piccolomini
Birthplace: Siena, Italy
Location of death: Rome, Italy
Cause of death: unspecified
Religion: Roman Catholic
Race or Ethnicity: White
Executive summary: Roman Catholic Pope, 1503
Pius III, given name Francesco Nanni Todeschini Piccolomini, Roman Catholic Pope from the 22nd of September to the 18th of October 1503, was born at Siena on the 9th of May 1439. After studying law at Perugia, he was made Archbishop of Siena and cardinal-deacon of St. Eustachio, when only twenty-two years of age, by his uncle Pope Pius II, who permitted him to assume the name and arms of the Piccolomini. He was employed by subsequent popes in several important legations, as by Paul II at the diet of Regensburg, and by Pope Sixtus IV to secure the restoration of ecclesiastical authority in Umbria. He bravely opposed the policy of Pope Alexander VI, and was elected pope, amid the disturbances consequent upon the death of the latter, through the interested influence of Cardinal della Rovere, afterwards Pope Julius II, and was crowned on the 8th of October 1503. He permitted Cesare Borgia to return to Rome, but promptly took in hand the reform of the curia. Pius was a man of blameless life, and would doubtless have accomplished much had he lived. His successor was Julius II.
Roman Catholic Pope 22-Sep-1503 to 18-Oct-1503
Roman Catholic Archbishop Siena
Roman Catholic Cardinal
Risk Factors: Gout
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