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He was raised to the papal chair in 1455 at a very advanced age as a compromise candidate. He was feeble and incompetent. The great object of his policy was the urging of a crusade against the Turks, who had captured Constantinople in 1453, but he did not find the Christian princes responsive to his call despite his every effort.
He made two of his nephews cardinals, one of whom, Rodrigo Borgia, later became Pope Alexander VI.
He ordered a new trial for Joan of Arc, at which she was posthumously vindicated. He died in 1458.
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