Portrait of Pope Gregory XIV, artist unknown.

Born to the Italian nobility, the son of Francesco, a Milanese senator and cardinal under Pope Paul III, and Anna Visconti; his mother died in childbirth following a caesarian.

Studied at Perugia, Padua, and Pavia in Italy and reluctantly became the 229th pope in 1590 after a two month conclave.  Gregory died, having reigned less than a year.


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  • Diary,
  • Wikipedia.