Pope Benedict IV

Pope Benedict IV (Latin: Benedictus IV; c. 840 – 30 July 903[2]) was the bishop of Rome and ruler of the Papal States from 1 February 900 to his death.[3] The tenth-century historian Flodoard, who nicknamed him "the Great", commended his noble birth and public generosity.


Benedict IV
Bishop of Rome
ChurchCatholic Church
Papacy began1 February 900
Papacy endedJuly 903
PredecessorJohn IX
SuccessorLeo V
Personal details
Bornc. 840
Rome, Papal States
Died30 July 903[1]
Rome, Papal States
Other popes named Benedict

Benedict was a native of Rome, the son of one Mammalus, and was ordained priest by Pope Formosus. He succeeded Pope John IX. In 900, he excommunicated Count Baldwin II of Flanders for murdering Archbishop Fulk of Reims. In 901, Benedict crowned Louis the Blind as emperor. In 902, Berengar of Friuli defeated Louis III and forced him to leave Italy.[4] Benedict died in Rome during the summer of 903; it is possible that Berengar had some involvement.[5] Benedict was buried in front of St Peter's Basilica, by the gate of Guido. He was followed by Pope Leo V.


  1. ^ Mann, Horace. "Pope Benedict IV." The Catholic Encyclopedia Vol. 2. New York: Robert Appleton Company, 1907. 21 September 2017
  2. ^ "Pope Benedict IV (Benedict ) [Catholic-Hierarchy]". Retrieved 19 April 2022.
  3. ^ Platina, Bartolomeo (1479), The Lives of the Popes From The Time Of Our Saviour Jesus Christ to the Accession of Gregory VII, vol. I, London: Griffith Farran & Co., pp. 241–242, retrieved 2013-04-25
  4. ^ 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
  5. ^ "The 117th Pope", Spirituality.org., Diocese of Bridgeport


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