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papal election

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August 30

on Saturday

We heard that the new Pope was chosen, and the bells were rung at 4 (midday) on Monday. He had been a Genoese cardinal, Messer Giovanni de' Zeboni,(1) Cardinal of Molfetta; and he took the name of Innocent VIII.

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The moon was in the first quarter that night.

1493

August 11

on Friday

8 years, 11 months, 18 days later

At 23 in the evening (7 p.m.) we heard that the new Pope had been chosen. He was a cardinal, and the vice-chancellor; a Spaniard by birth. He called himself Pope Alessandro VI.

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The moon was a new moon that night.

1493

August 12

on Saturday

1 day later

We received confirmation of this news about the Nona (11.30 a.m.), and the bells were rung for his election.

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The moon was a new moon that night.

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