Benedict V, Pope of Rome
Pope from May-June, 964, Benedict was a deacon known as Grammaticus
because of his learning. He was elected after the assassination of John
XII, but the emperor, Otto III, supported a rival candidate, Leo VIII.
Otto had made Leo pope in 963 and deposed him a year later in favor of
John. The emperor invaded Rome and called a synod at which Benedict
admitted that he was an intruder and at which the papal staff was broken
over his head. He was demoted to deacon and exiled to Hamburg, where he
died c. 966. Otto moved Benedict's remains to Rome in 988.
Karen Rae Keck
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