The New Student's Reference Work/Alexander (popes)


Alexander, the name of eight popes. Alexander VI has been called the worst of the popes, because the crimes of his son, Cæsar Borgia, were attributed to him. He was a profligate, but an able statesman and did much to advance the cause of the papacy. He was born in 1431, and died in 1503. See Borgia, Cæsar.