Elected pope in 1492, Alexander VI was a skilled politician and leader who considerably expanded the territorial power of the Catholic Church through diplomacy and warfare. Infamous for the corruption of his papacy, Alexander sired several illegitimate children, including Cesare Borgia, whom he lavished with appointments and military funding. Alexander died in 1503.
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...small states. However, Louis made the fatal mistake of allying himself with the more powerful Pope Alexander , thereby alienating his smaller allies and weakening himself. Having made this first mistake, Louis... (full context)
...other hand, Cesare Borgia gained his position easily through "the good fortune of his father," Pope Alexander VI, but lost his state when that fortune "disappeared." Machiavelli praises Borgia for the "strong... (full context)
Machiavelli retells the story of Cesare Borgia for instructional purposes. He begins with Pope Alexander VI, who encountered considerable challenges when he attempted to acquire a state for his illegitimate... (full context)
...his father's successor as pope proved unfriendly, he might still maintain his gains. However, with Pope Alexander 's sudden death, Borgia was unable to win Spanish support and could not secure his... (full context)
...able ruler must be an adept "liar and deceiver." Machiavelli cites the "fresh example" of Alexander VI , who "never did anything, or thought of anything, other than deceiving men." As a... (full context)