Benedict IV, Pope of Rome
Benedict IV, son of a Roman patrician, reigned briefly and uneventfully
from 900 until 903. Little is known about his life prior to his election.
He was ordained by Formosus and convoked a council to validate his
ordinations, after Stephen VII and John IX had invalidated them. Benedict
crowned Louis III the Blind, the last Carolingian emperor, Holy Roman
Emperor. Some believe that agents of Berengar of Friuli murdered Benedict,
but the evidence suggests the pope died of natural causes.
Karen Rae Keck
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