Anti-Pope Nicholas V

Also known as

  • Pietro Rainalducci


Anti-pope from 12 May 1328 to 25 July 1330. When Emperor Louis the Bavarian came to Rome seeking to uphold the theory that the Emperor and the Church at large were superior to the pope, he placed in the See, in opposition to Pope John XXII, Rainalducci, the Franciscan Spiritual. This anti-pope, supported also by the Ghibellines, appointed six cardinals and undertook to govern the Church. When Louis left Rome the Rainalducci’s followers abandoned him. He submitted to John at Avignon, and accepted confinement there until his death.