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Alessandro Della Rovere

General Description
Aliases/Nicknames: Pope Sixtus IV
Birthplace: Celle Ligure, Italy
Birthdate: July 21, 1414
Species: Human
Gender: Male
Hair Color: Grey / bald
Eye Color: Blue-grey
Occupation: Pope
Brother(s): Francesco della Rovere (twin)
Children: Girolamo Riario
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Portrayed by: James Faulkner
First Appearance: The Hanged Man

Alessandro della Rovere, now Pope Sixtus IV ( July 21, 1414 – August 12, 1484), is portrayed by James Faulkner. He is the presiding head of the Roman Catholic church, although his twin brother Francesco (imprisoned at Castel Sant'Angelo) is the true legitimate Pope.


Cardinal Francesco Della Rovere was elected Pope by colleagues who believed he was an unworldly mystic who could be easily controlled. They were right about his being a mystic, wrong about all else. In some deep sense, Sixtus believes he IS God and that whatever he does in God’s name is justified.

Unlike his “nephew” Riario, who can focus on long term strategic success, Sixtus “feels each sparrow fall” and violently resents any frustration of his will, and is capable of, and likely to take, violent revenge – even if it harms his long term interests.

Sixtus’ goals are to shore up the Church's spiritual authority, increase its wealth, and to end seven hundred years of Muslim expansion. To this end, Sixtus is rebuilding the Vatican, Rome and the Church itself. Initially, Sixtus regards Da Vinci as a distraction. Then, as an enemy whose insults must be avenged. Eventually, Sixtus comes to view Da Vinci as Riario does: a prize sent from Heaven, to be brought under Rome’s yoke.[1]

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Twin brother of the real pope: Francesco della Rovere

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