American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- Pius II Originally Enea Silvio de Piccolomini. 1405-1464. Pope (1458-1464) noted for his unsuccessful attempt to lead a crusade against the Turks.
- n. Italian pope from 1458 to 1464 who is remembered for his unsuccessful attempt to lead a crusade against the Turks (1405-1464)
“After the conquest of Lemnos from the Turks, Pope Pius II founded an order of Our Lady of Bethlehem, intending to transfer to it the possessions of older orders which no longer fulfilled their purpose”
“In his memoirs Pius II complains that "after Jouffroy had entered the sure haven of the cardinalate, he brought forward that which he had hitherto concealed, namely, that the Pragmatic Sanction would certainly be repealed only when the king's wishes regarding”
“Pius II (Piccolomini) was a man of letters, not unlike the great Erasmus.”
“The most celebrated of all, the Order of Brothers of St. John of God, dates from 1572; the Cellite Brothers were approved by Pius II in”
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