May 1555 papal conclave

The papal conclave of May 1555 (Mary 15–23), was convened on the death of Pope Marcellus II (whose reign had only lasted from 9 April to 1 May that year) and elected Pope Paul IV as his successor.

Papal conclave
May 1555
Coat of arms during the vacancy of the Holy See
Dates and location
15–23 May 1555
Apostolic Palace, Papal States
Key officials
DeanGiovanni Pietro Carafa
CamerlengoGuido Ascanio Sforza di Santa Fiora
ProtopriestClaude de Longwy de Givry
ProtodeaconFrancesco Pisani
Elected Pope
Giovanni Pietro Carafa
Name taken: Paul IV


  • Antonio Santosuosso (Winter 1978). "An Account of the Election of Paul IV to the Pontificate". Renaissance Quarterly. 31 (4): 486–498. JSTOR 2860374.

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