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Alexander VI
Papacy began 11 August 1492
Papacy ended 18 August 1503
Predecessor Innocent VIII
Successor Pius III
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Birth name Roderic Llançol i de Borja
Born (1431-01-01)1 January 1431
Xàtiva, Kingdom of Valencia
Died 18 August 1503(1503-08-18) (aged 72)
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Pope Alexander VI (Latin: Alexander Sextus; 1431–1503), born Rodrigo Lanzol y Borja, was an Spanish cleric of the Roman Catholic Church and the 215th Pope from 1492 to 1503.

Early life

In 1431, Lanzol y Borja born in Xàtiva, which is near Valencia in Spain. His father was Jofre Lançol. His mother was Isabella Borgia, who was a sister of Cardinal Alfonso Borgia, who later became Pope Callixtus III.

He was adopted into the immediate family of Pope Callixtus; and was known afterwards as Rodrigo Borgia.


In 1456, he was made Cardinal.


Alexander - Bolla "Desiderando nui", dopo il 18 settembre 1499 - 2951587
Desiderando nui, 1499

Cardinal Borgia was elected pope on August 11, 1492; and he took the name of Alexander VI.

Pope Alexander is known for writing Inter Caetera in 1493. In this papal decree, Alexander decided that some parts of South America would be Spanish or and some parts would be Portuguese.

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