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2011-08-11
August 11: Pope Alexander VI

Alexander VI (1492) It was on this date, August 11, 1492, that Rodrigo Borgia was elected Pope Alexander VI. That he lived lavishly, showered gifts and offices on his relatives, kept mistresses and fathered children while occupying the chair of Peter, and was indifferent to his church duties – all documented in detail by contemporary […]

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2011-01-26
January 26: The Index of Prohibited Books

In practice, the Church punished severely only those who questioned doctrine. More space on the “Index” was devoted to translations of the Bible than to any other work, including lewd ones.

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The Week in Freethought History (January 20-26)

Read about the Piltdown Man hoax exposed, feminist and freethinker Helen Hamilton Gardener, Lord Byron, French novelist Stendhal, Frederick the Great, Virginia Woolf, what escaped the Index of Prohibited Books and more …



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