Pope Adrian V

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Adrian V (also known as Hadrian V), né Ottobuono de' Fieschi (c. 1205August 18, 1276), pope in 1276, was a Genoese nobleman.

In December 1251, he was created Cardinal Deacon of San Adriano by his uncle Innocent IV. He was the archdeacon of Parma and Reims. The dates are unknown for Parma, but it is known he became Archdeacon of Reims in 1250.

He was sent to England in 1265 by Clement IV to mediate between King Henry III and his barons, and to preach the Crusades; he remained there for several years as the papal legate, serving from October 1265 to July 1268 His diplomatic position was such that his name is still on the oldest extant piece of English statute law, the Statute of Marlborough of 1267, where the formal title mentions as a witness "the Lord Ottobon, at that time legate in England.". (Also on this legation was a young diplomat, the future Boniface VIII.)

He was elected pope to succeed Innocent V on July 12, 1276, but died at Viterbo on August 18, without ever having been ordained to the priesthood; he is buried there in the church of S. Francesco.

He achieved little during his time as Pope; he annulled Gregory X's bull on the holding of papal conclaves, but died before enacting new regulations.


Preceded by:
Innocent V
Pope
1276
Succeeded by:
John XXI

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