Sent him against his native city at the head of the papal army.
He must preserve the papal conquests which he had inherited from Alexander VI.
The pope had repeatedly used the rich northern benefices to reward members of the Roman curia, and towards the close of the year 1516 he sent the grasping and impolitic Arcimboldi as papal nuncio to Denmark to collect money for St Peter's.
That Leo did not do more to check the tendency toward heresy and schism in Germany and Scandinavia is to be partially explained by the political complications of the time, and by his own preoccupation with schemes of papal and Medicean aggrandizement in Italy.
His constitution of the 1st of March 1519 condemned the king of Spain's claim to refuse the publication of papal bulls.