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Sixtus IV letter

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Identifier: MSS 8491
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Content Description

Letter from Pope Sixtus IV to the Republic of Venice indicating that the Pope considered the Republic of Venice too independent from the Catholic church. He mentions his past with the Medici family and justifies his actions by stating he has the power to judge all mankind. Dated 1481.


  • 1481


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Open for public research.

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It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from Sixtus IV letter must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical History

Sixtus IV (1414-1484) was pope of the from 1471 to 1484.

Sixtus IV, originally named Francesco della Rovere, was born in the Republic of Genoa on July 21, 1414. As a young man he joined the Franciscan Order. He was chosen as Minister General of his order in 1464. Only a year later was made Cardinal by Pope Paul II with the titular church being the Basilica of San Pietro in Vincoli. He was involved in the Pazzi conspiracy meddled in feuds with the Medici family. He succeeded Paul II on August 9, 1471. He is known for being behind the building of the Sistine Chapel, establishing the Vatican Archives, annulling the decrees of the Council of Constance, and furthering the agenda of the Spanish Inquisition. He died on August 12, 1848 in Rome.


1 folder ((0.01 linear ft.) )

Language of Materials



19th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts.

Related Materials

Items seem to have been purchased as a set with the Picenardi Family papers (MSS 769).


Item marked as document 35.


1 letter : vellum ; 54 x 19 cm. vellum

Processing Information

Processed; Erin Owens; June 2015.

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Erin Owens
2015 June 16
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Language of description note
Finding aid written in English in Latin script.

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

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