The second son of Lorenzo the Magnificent. Ruler of the Florentine Republic.
He was elevated to the cardinalate. Following the death of Pope Julius II. Giovanni was elected pope after securing the backing of the younger members of the Sacred College. Early on in his rule he oversaw the closing sessions of the Fifth Council of the Lateran.But failed sufficiently to implement the reforms agreed. In 1517 he led a costly war that succeeded in securing his nephew as duke of Urbino. But which damaged the papal finances. He later only narrowly escaped a plot by some cardinals to poison him.
He is probably best remembered for granting indulgences. For those who donated to reconstruct St. Which practice was challenged by Martin Luther. He seems not to have taken seriously the array of demands for church reform that would quickly grow into the Protestant Reformation.
Simply condemned Luther on a number of areas and made ongoing engagement difficult. He did, however, grant establishment to the Oratory of Divine Love. He borrowed and spent heavily. A significant patron of the arts, upon election Leo is alleged to have said, "Since God has given us the papacy, let us enjoy it". Under his reign, progress was made on the rebuilding of Saint Peter's Basilica.And artists such as Raphael. Leo also reorganised the Roman University. And promoted the study of literature, poetry and antiquities. He died in 1521 and is buried in Santa Maria sopra Minerva. He is the last pope not to have been in priestly orders at the time of his election to the papacy. The item "NICE Papal States Gold Fiorino di Camera of Leone X (1513-1521) MEDICI POPE" is in sale since Thursday, February 09, 2017. This item is in the category "Coins & Paper Money\Coins\ World\Europe\Italy, San Marino, Vatican\Italian States (up to 1861)".ms-69" and is located in Leicester. This item can be shipped worldwide.