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Pope Alexander II

AKA Anselmo Baggio

Born: ?
Birthplace: Baggio, Italy
Died: 21-Apr-1075
Location of death: Rome, Italy
Cause of death: unspecified

Gender: Male
Religion: Roman Catholic
Race or Ethnicity: White
Occupation: Religion

Nationality: Italy
Executive summary: Roman Catholic Pope, 1061-73

Alexander II, given name Anselmo Baggio, Roman Catholic Pope from 1061 to 1073, was a native of Milan. As bishop of Lucca he had been an energetic coadjutor with Hildebrand in endeavoring to suppress simony, and to enforce the celibacy of the clergy. His election, which Hildebrand had arranged in conformity with the decree of 1059, was not sanctioned by the imperial court of Germany. This court, faithful to the practice observed by it in the preceding elections, nominated another candidate, Cadalus, Bishop of Parma, who was proclaimed at the council of Basel under the name of Honorius II, marched to Rome, and for a long time threatened his rival's position. At length, however, he was abandoned by the Germanic court and deposed by a council held at Mantua; and Alexander's position remained unchallenged. Alexander was followed by his associate Hildebrand, who took the title of Pope Gregory VII.

    Roman Catholic Pope 1061 to 1073 (deposed)
    Roman Catholic Bishop Lucca

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