Pope Adrian VI

detail of a sculpture of Pope Adrian VI, date and artist unknown; La Ampolla, Tarragona, Spain; photographed on 8 September 2016 by M.Peinado; swiped from Wikimedia CommonsAlso known as

  • Adrian Florensz


Son of the pious Florentius Dedel, who died when his son was very young. Adrian taught philosophy at Louvain. Dean of the collegiate church, and later vice-chancellor. In 1506 he became tutor of the young prince who would later be the Holy Roman Emperor Charles V. Grand Inquisitor. Regent of Spain in 1520. Pope. The ascetic and pious Adrian found a Vatican where Roman life was extravagant, papal expenditures lavish, and the Curia in need of reform. He did his best to curb these abuses, and to stir Christians to oppose the advancing Turks, but he died after only 20 months.


Papal Ascension


MLA Citation

  • “Pope Adrian VI“. CatholicSaints.Info. 17 January 2020. Web. 24 September 2021. <>