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Bust of Charles VIII of France

Bust of Charles VIII of France

Each Pope has his own crest, typically taken from his family coat of arms. Pope Urban VIII came from the Barberini family whose symbol included three horseflies. Deemed less than hospitable, they were changed to bees on his Papal crest

Each Pope has his own crest, typically taken from his family coat of arms. Pope Urban VIII came from the Barberini family whose symbol included three horseflies. Deemed less than hospitable, they were changed to bees on his Papal crest

The Barberini family coat of arms, which features bees! They were a Italian noble family who rose to prominence in 17th century Rome, they peaked with the election of Cardinal Maffeo Barberini to the papal throne in 1623, as Pope Urban VIII.

The Barberini family coat of arms, which features bees! They were a Italian noble family who rose to prominence in century Rome, they peaked with the election of Cardinal Maffeo Barberini to the papal throne in as Pope Urban VIII.

Antonio Barberini in 1625, wearing the order of the Knights of Malta. Nephew of Pope Urban VIII, he was made a cardinal. That didn't stop him from having a lot of girlfriends.

Antonio Barberini in wearing the order of the Knights of Malta. Nephew of Pope Urban VIII, he was made a cardinal. That didn't stop him from having a lot of girlfriends.

1495 - Charles VIII enters Naples from MS 801, Pierpoint Morgan Library, New York

1495 - Charles VIII enters Naples from MS Pierpoint Morgan Library, New York

1495 - Charles VIII enters Naples from MS 801, Pierpoint Morgan Library, New York

1495 - Charles VIII enters Naples from MS Pierpoint Morgan Library, New York

Katherine of Aragon before Henry VIII at the legatine court, 1529.

May On this day in history the Legatine Court at Blackfriars opened, presided over by Cardinal Campeggio. The purpose of the court was to hear the matter of Henry VIII’s desire for an annulment of his marriage to Katherine of Aragon.

ALEXANDER VI - The 9th July 1492, the Pope Innocent VIII, at the request of Cardinal Borja and the Catholic Monarchs, raised the Valencian See to the rank of metropolitan, becoming Rodrigo of Borja the first Archbishop of Valencia 1492 - 1503

ALEXANDER VI - The July the Pope Innocent VIII, at the request of Cardinal Borja and the Catholic Monarchs, raised the Valencian See to the rank of metropolitan, becoming Rodrigo of Borja the first Archbishop of Valencia 1492 - 1503

Marriage contract of Henry VIII and Katherine of Aragon, 1503.  It was signed in 1503. In 1505, Henry VII had began to doubt the alliance and forced his son to repudiate the match. Katherine was left to struggle in England with little money and with no prospects of a match or of returning home to Spain. Henry VIII would not marry Katherine until the 11th June 1509, after his father had died and he had become King of England himself.

Marriage contract of Henry VIII and Katherine of Aragon, 1503 This is the original marriage contract between Henry VIII and Katherine of Aragon. It was signed in 1503 and the Pope granted the.

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