John X, Pope of Rome
Born in Romagna, John of Tossignano was bishop of Bologna and archbishop
of Ravenna before his election to the see of Rome in 914. Elected through
the influence of the House of Theophylactus, John alienated Marozia,
matron of the house and a senator of Rome, when he allied himself with
King Hugh of Italy ten years after his election. John rebuilt the Lateran
and battled the Saracens. He also approved the rule of Cluny. In 928,
Marozia had him deposed and imprisoned. He is thought to have been
smothered while in prison.
Karen Rae Keck
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