New Catholic Dictionary – Pope Alexander IV

Pope Alexander IVArticle

Pope from 12 December 1254 to 25 March 1261. Born in Anagni, Italy as Rinaldo Conti; died on 25 March 1261 in Viterbo, Italy. Of the house of Segni, he became cardinalbishop of Ostia and was well advanced in years when elected pope. Although a man of great virtue, he was unable to cope with the difficult political conditions of his time. His crusade against the tyrant Ezzelino was successful, but the spirit of the Crusades was dying out and his expedition against the Tatars was unsuccessful. Rome and a large portion of Italy were lost to papal control during his reign.

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