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Pope Adrian V

Reigned July-August 1276

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Adrian V, POPE (OTTOBUONO FIESCHI, a Genoese, nephew of Innocent IV), was elected at Viterbo, July 12, 1276. As Cardinal Fieschi, he had labored to restore harmony in England between Henry III and the rebellious barons. He annulled the rigid enactments of Gregory X relating to the papal conclaves, but died before substituting milder ones, August 18. He lived just long enough to experience “how great the mantle weighs”. Dante (Purg., c. xix) held an interesting conversation with him in Purgatory.


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