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Valentine I, Pope of Rome

VIII/IX Centuries
Valentine was pope of Rome for about 40 days in 827, and little is known about his life. He came from an upper-class Roman family and was an archdeacon when he was elected pope. Although a council in 796 had denied the laity a voice in papal elections, the laity were involved in Valentine's election.

Karen Rae Keck


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