Pope Benedict IV

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Benedict IV
Pope Benedict IV Illustration.jpg
Papacy began 1 February 900
Papacy ended July 903
Predecessor John IX
Successor Leo V
Personal details
Born Rome, Papal States
Died summer 903[1]
Other popes named Benedict

Pope Benedict IV (Latin: Benedictus IV; d. 30 July 903) was Pope from 1 February 900 to his death in 903.[2] The tenth-century historian Flodoard, who nicknamed him "the Great", commended his noble birth and public generosity, he succeeded Pope John IX (898–900) and was followed by Pope Leo V (903).


Benedict was a native of Rome, the son of one Mammalus, and was ordained priest by Pope Formosus; in 900, he excommunicated Baldwin II of Flanders for murdering Fulk, Archbishop of Reims. In 901, Benedict crowned Louis of Provence, grandson of Louis II as Holy Roman Emperor; in 902, Berengar of Friuli defeated Louis III and forced him to leave Italy.[3]

Benedict died in Rome during the summer of 903; it is possible that Berengar had some involvement.[4] Benedict was buried in front of St Peter's Basilica, by the gate of Guido.

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  1. ^ Mann, Horace. "Pope Benedict IV." The Catholic Encyclopedia Vol. 2. New York: Robert Appleton Company, 1907. 21 September 2017
  2. ^ Platina, Bartolomeo (1479), The Lives of the Popes From The Time Of Our Saviour Jesus Christ to the Accession of Gregory VII, I, London: Griffith Farran & Co., pp. 241–242, retrieved 2013-04-25 
  3. ^ Mann, Horace, K. The Lives of the Popes in the Early Middle Ages, Vol IV: The Popes in the Days of Feudal Anarchy, 891–999. 1925 p. 105
  4. ^ "The 117th Pope", Spirituality.org., Diocese of Bridgeport


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Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
John IX
Succeeded by
Leo V