Pope Innocent VII

Pope Innocent VII
Also known as

  • Cosimo de’ Migliorati


Studied civil and canon law in Perugia, Padua and Bologna. Papal collector to England for ten years. Bishop of Bologna in 1386. Archbishop of Ravenna from 4 November 1387 to 15 September 1400. Cardinalpriest of Santa Croce in 1389, appointed by Pope Boniface XI. Papal legate to Lombardy and Tuscany in 1390. Noted for his learning, his personal piety, and his skill as a financial manager.

Chosen 204th Pope on 17 October 1404, elected unanimously during the Great Schism; Benedict XIII sat as rival pope at Avignon. Due to the unsettled state of affairs in Rome, and Innocent’s distruct of Benedict, the new pope accomplished little toward repairing the schism. Innocent made his nephew Ludovico Migliorati a cardinal; Ludovico promptly had some of the pope‘s opponents murdered. Innocent had nothing to do with this, but reaction to the killings caused him to flee to Viterbo, Italy. However, with the truth out, he was soon recalled by people of Rome.


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MLA Citation

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