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Pope Benedict III

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Benedict III was Pope from 855 to 7 April, 858.

Prior to his election, Benedict had a reputation for learning and piety, and elected on the refusal of the initial choice of clergy and people, Hadrian; a group of important people preferred Anastasius. This latter group had Benedict's election disavowed and Anastasius installed. However popular opinion was so strong that Benedict's consecration was allowed. The Emperor Louis II's envoys forced Benedict to handle Anastasius and his adherents leniently. The schism helped to weaken the hold of the emperors upon the popes, especially upon their elections.

Benedict intervened in the conflict between the sons of Lothair I (the future Lothair II, Louis II and Charles the Bald) on the latter's death. He was active in other cases and adopted a firm position towards Constantinople.

Aethelwulf of Wessex and his son, the future Alfred the Great visited Rome in Benedict's reign.

Some contested accounts place the three-year-term of Pope Joan between the reigns of Pope Leo IV and Benedict, leaving only a term of a few months for Benedict.


Preceded by:
Saint Leo IV
Pope
855–858
Succeeded by:
Saint Nicholas I

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