Corruption known since time immemorial. People in all ages have sought ways to solve their problems through bribing or blackmail.
In this sense, interesting is the story of Pope Clement VII, who famously circled all his rivals, that is, aspirants to the pontiff's throne.Pope Clement VII (in the world of Giulio Medici)
Stories from the lives of famous people sometimes amaze with their originality. And, however, the reader can make an assessment himself, after reading.
So, Giulio Medici fought for the post of Pope with his main rival - Pompeo Colonna. The Cardinals had already fallen into despair, since the votes were equally divided and it seemed that the moment of truth would not come.
Already serious voices began to sound supporters to elect the pope from among third parties. But Giulio Medici was not going to give up so easily.
Seeing that the situation had escalated to the limit, he went for an original trick. He lacked only five votes, so five of his supporters made a bet with five supporters of his opponent. The essence of the dispute was as follows.
If the Medici is elected the father, the losers must pay the winners of 100 thousand ducats.
Without thinking twice, on the very next ballot, supporters of Pompeo voted for the Medici, as a result of which they won the argument.
After that, the sly Giulio Medici just paid them the money they lost (which was a huge amount). Thus, there was no official bribe, and, of course, the five cardinals did not sell their votes. They just made a bet and won it.
From this story it clearly follows that an unusual look at familiar things sometimes brings the desired results.
After the election of Giulio Medici took the name of Clement VII and ruled from 1523 to 1534.
An interesting fact is that he was one of the first popes to grow a beard, contrary to the rule of being clean-shaven. This he did as a sign of mourning for the plundering of Rome, and wore a beard until his death.