Whether Alexander VI was a good or bad pope continues to be a matter of great debate. Most of the incidents mentioned in this video are generally accepted as factual, although there are revisionists who argue against that. Alexander’s great legacy comes from his expertise in diplomacy at a very difficult time in European history. It was the reported actions of Alexander VI and the other Renaissance Popes that are most often pointed to in explaining the start of the Protestant Reformation.

As an aside, Mario Puzo based The Godfather on the Borgia family.

For a quick overview of Alexander’s life see the article in Wikipedia. It has a great many references  to other articles and books.

Do you think Alexander VI’s personal “pecadillos” should be overlooked because of his great accomplishments? Or should he be condemned as bringing shame and evil to what should have been a holy office?

We look forward to your comments.