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Boniface VII

Antipope Boniface VII

Boniface VII (Franco Ferrucci, died July 20, 985), was an antipope (974, 984–985). He is supposed to have put Pope Benedict VI (973–974) to death. A popular tumult compelled him to flee to Constantinople in 974; he carried off a vast treasure, and returned in 984 and removed Pope John XIV (983–984) from office, who had been elected in his absence, by murder. After a brief rule from 984 to 985 he was assassinated.

Boniface VII was not yet considered an antipope when the next pope of that same regnal name was elected.

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