benedict vi

Pope Benedict VI

Benedict VI (died June, 974) was Pope from January 19, 973 to June, 974)

He was born in Rome as the son of Hildebrand and was chosen with great ceremony and installed as Pope under the protection of the Emperor Otto I (936–973) on January 19, 973. During his pontificate, Benedict VI confirmed the privileges of some of the monasteries and churches. On the death of the Emperor, the people of Rome confined him in the Castel Sant'Angelo. After a period of less than two months, the Pope was strangled by order of Crescentius I, the son of the notorious Theodora, to prevent his release by Sicco, the imperial envoy of Otto II (973–983).

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