Pope Benedict IV

Pope Benedict IV (Latin: Benedictus IV; died 30 July 903) was Pope from 1 February 900 to his death in 903.[2] The tenth-century historian Flodoard, who nicknamed him "the Great", commended his noble birth and public generosity. He succeeded Pope John IX (898–900) and was followed by Pope Leo V (903).


Benedict IV
Papacy began1 February 900
Papacy endedJuly 903
PredecessorJohn IX
SuccessorLeo V
Personal details
BornRome, Papal States
Diedsummer 903[1]
Other popes named Benedict


Benedict was a native of Rome, the son of one Mammalus, and was ordained priest by Pope Formosus. In 900, he excommunicated Baldwin II of Flanders for murdering Fulk, Archbishop of Reims. In 901, Benedict crowned Louis of Provence, grandson of Louis II as Holy Roman Emperor. In 902, Berengar of Friuli defeated Louis III and forced him to leave Italy.[3]

Benedict died in Rome during the summer of 903; it is possible that Berengar had some involvement.[4] Benedict was buried in front of St Peter's Basilica, by the gate of Guido.

See also


  1. Mann, Horace. "Pope Benedict IV." The Catholic Encyclopedia Vol. 2. New York: Robert Appleton Company, 1907. 21 September 2017
  2. Platina, Bartolomeo (1479), The Lives of the Popes From The Time Of Our Saviour Jesus Christ to the Accession of Gregory VII, I, London: Griffith Farran & Co., pp. 241–242, retrieved 2013-04-25
  3. Mann, Horace, K. The Lives of the Popes in the Early Middle Ages, Vol IV: The Popes in the Days of Feudal Anarchy, 891–999. 1925 p. 105
  4. "The 117th Pope", Spirituality.org., Diocese of Bridgeport


Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
John IX
Succeeded by
Leo V
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