Sergius II, Pope of Rome
Descended from Roman nobility, Sergius II had been made an acolyte by Leo
III, a subdeacon by Stephen IV/V, a cardinal by Paschal I, and an
archpriest by Gregory IV. Sergius was elected pope in 844, and when King
Lothair sent his son Louis II to rebuke Sergius for his failure to apprise
the emperor of his election, Sergius crowned Louis king of the Lombards.
Sergius restored the Marcian aqueduct, but he failed to protect Rome from
the Saracens, who plundered the city in 846. Sergius died suddenly the
following year while trying to make peace between the patriarchs of Grado
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