New Catholic Dictionary – Pope Nicholas V

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Reigned from 6 March 1447 to 24 March 1455. Born on 15 November 1397 at Sarzano, Italy as Tommaso Parentucelli; died on 24 March 1455 in Rome, Italy. A patron of literature and the fine arts he had come in contact with the Renaissance movement in Rome while in the service of Bishop Albergati. At the Council of Florence in 1438, he took a prominent part in the discussion of Patristic and Scholastic philosophy with the Greeks. When elected he restored parts of Rome, welcomed Humanists, and founded the Vatican Library which he designated was to be opened to all scholars. At the request of James II of Scotland, he issued a Bull, 1450-1451, providing for the foundation of the University of Glasgow. He did much to weaken the conciliar theory among the nations of Christendom. He received the submission of the anti-pope Amadeus of Savoy and his adherents, and sent legates to France and Germany to reform abuses. He granted self-government to the Romans, and performed the last imperial coronation in Rome, that of Emperor Frederick III, 1452. His efforts at re-union with the Greeks failed. This, together with the fall of Constantinople and the discovery of republican conspiracies in Rome, dealt him a fatal blow.

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  • “Pope Nicholas V”. New Catholic Dictionary. CatholicSaints.Info. 26 August 2013. Web. 18 August 2017. <>