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Encyclopedia > Pope Benedict VIII
Benedict VIII
Birth name Theophylactus
Papacy began 1012
Papacy ended April 9, 1024
Predecessor Sergius IV
Successor John XIX
Born  ???
Rome, Italy
Died April 9, 1024
Rome, Italy
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Benedict VIII, né Theophylactus (born in Rome, died April 9, 1024), pope (1012-1024), of the noble family of the counts of Tusculum (son of Gregory, Count of Tusculum, and Maria, and brother of John XIX), descended from Theophylact, Count of Tusculum like his predecessor Benedict VI, was opposed by an antipope Gregory, who compelled him to flee Rome. He was restored by Henry II of Germany, whom he crowned emperor on February 14, 1014, and for his entire pontificate remained on good terms with him. In his pontificate the Saracens renewed their attacks on the southern coasts of Europe, and effected a settlement in Sardinia. The Normans also then began to settle in Italy. He promoted peace in Italy by allying himself with the Normans, defeating the Saracens, and subjugating the Crescentii. He consecrated the cathedral in Bamberg (Germany), obtained a charter from Henry confirming the donations of Charlemagne and Otto, and visited the monastery of Fulda. He held a synod in Pavia with the emperor to restrain simony and clerical incontinence. The reformation effected by the monastery of Cluny was supported by him, and he was a friend of its abbot, St. Odilo. Image File history File links B_Benedikt_VIII.jpg Summary H.H. Pope Benedict VIII Licensing File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Events Mael Morda starts a rebellion against Brian Boru in Ireland, which would eventually end in 1014 at the Battle of Clontarf. ... April 9 is the 99th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (100th in leap years). ... This article is about the year. ... Sergius IV, né Pietro Boccapecora (born in Rome, died May 12, 1012) was pope from July 31, 1009 until his death. ... John XIX, né Romanus (died October 1032) was pope from 1024 to 1032. ... City motto: Senatus Populusque Romanus – SPQR (The Senate and the People of Rome) Founded 21 April 753 BCE mythical, 1st millennium BCE Region Latium Mayor Walter Veltroni (Left-Wing Democrats) Area  - City Proper  1285 km² Population  - City (2005)  - Metropolitan  - Density (city proper) 3. ... April 9 is the 99th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (100th in leap years). ... This article is about the year. ... City motto: Senatus Populusque Romanus – SPQR (The Senate and the People of Rome) Founded 21 April 753 BCE mythical, 1st millennium BCE Region Latium Mayor Walter Veltroni (Left-Wing Democrats) Area  - City Proper  1285 km² Population  - City (2005)  - Metropolitan  - Density (city proper) 3. ... City motto: Senatus Populusque Romanus – SPQR (The Senate and the People of Rome) Founded 21 April 753 BCE mythical, 1st millennium BCE Region Latium Mayor Walter Veltroni (Left-Wing Democrats) Area  - City Proper  1285 km² Population  - City (2005)  - Metropolitan  - Density (city proper) 3. ... April 9 is the 99th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (100th in leap years). ... This article is about the year. ... The Pope (from Greek: pappas, father; from Latin: papa, Papa, father) is the successor of St. ... Events Mael Morda starts a rebellion against Brian Boru in Ireland, which would eventually end in 1014 at the Battle of Clontarf. ... Tusculum, an ancient city of Latium, situated in a commanding position on the north edge of the outer crater ring of the Alban volcano, 18 km (11 miles) north-east of the modern Frascati. ... In the early 10th century, Theophylact, Count of Tusculum and his beautiful and unscrupulous wife, Theodora controlled the city of Rome and the Papacy. ... Benedict VI, Pope (born in Rome, 972 - 974), was chosen with great ceremony and installed as pope under the protection of the Emperor Otto the Great. ... Antipope Felix V, the last historical Antipope. ... City motto: Senatus Populusque Romanus – SPQR (The Senate and the People of Rome) Founded 21 April 753 BCE mythical, 1st millennium BCE Region Latium Mayor Walter Veltroni (Left-Wing Democrats) Area  - City Proper  1285 km² Population  - City (2005)  - Metropolitan  - Density (city proper) 3. ... Saint Henry II of Germany (972 – 13 July 1024), was the fifth and last Holy Roman Emperor of the Saxon or Ottonian dynasty. ... An emperor is a (male) monarch, usually the sovereign ruler of an empire or another type of imperial realm. ... Events February 14 - Pope Benedict VIII recognizes Henry of Bavaria as King of Germany July 29 - Battle of Kleidion: Basil II inflicts not only a decisive defeat on the Bulgarian army, but his subsequent savage treatment of 15,000 prisoners reportedly causes Tsar Samuil of Bulgaria to die of shock... For the rugby club Saracens see Saracens (rugby club) The term Saracen comes from Greek sarakenoi. ... World map showing Europe Europe is conventionally considered one of the seven continents which, in this case, is more a cultural and political distinction than a physiogeographic one. ... Sardinia (Sardigna, Sardinna or Sardinnia in the Sardinian language, Sardegna in Italian, Sardenya in Catalan), is the second largest island in the Mediterranean Sea (Sicily is the largest), between Italy, Spain and Tunisia, south of Corsica. ... The Normans (adapted from the name Northmen or Norsemen) were a mixture of the indigenous Gauls of France and the Viking invaders under the leadership of Rollo (Gange Rolf). ... The Crescentii clan (in modern Italian Crescenzi), if in fact they were an extended family, essentially ruled Rome and controlled the Papacy from the middle of the 10th to the unlucky, all but simultaneous death of their puppet pope Sergius IV and the patricius of the clan in 1012, after... Bamberg is a town in Bavaria, Germany. ... Charlemagne (742 or 747 – 28 January 814) (also Charles the Great; German: Karl der Große, from Latin, Carolus Magnus or Karolus Magnus), son of king Pepin the Short, was the king of the Franks from 768 to 814 and king of the Lombards from 774 to 781. ... Fulda is a city in Hessen, Germany; it is located on the Fulda River and is the administrative seat of the Fulda district. ...

Preceded by:
Sergius IV
Pope
1012–1024
Succeeded by:
John XIX

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Benedict was entirely unsuited to be pontiff; he reportedly led an extremely dissolute life, although in terms of theology and the ordinary activities of the Church he was entirely orthodox.
Benedict rejected this and when Clement II died in October 1047 he seized the Lateran Palace in November, but was driven away in July 1048 and Poppo of Brixen as Damasus II finally succeeded Clement.
Benedict's fate is obscure, he may have given up and resigned the pontificate, dying around 1065 in the Abbey of Grottaferrata.
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