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Marozia, born Maria and also known as Mariuccia or Mariozza (c. 890 – 937), was a Roman noblewoman who was the alleged mistress of Pope Sergius III and was given the unprecedented titles senatrix ("senatoress") and patricia of Rome by Pope John X.Edward Gibbon wrote of her that the "influence of two sister prostitutes, Marozia and Theodora was founded on their wealth and beauty, their political and amorous intrigues: the most strenuous of their lovers were rewarded with the Roman tiara, and their reign may have suggested to darker ages the fable of a female pope. The bastard son, two grandsons, two great grandsons, and one great great grandson of Marozia—a rare genealogy—were seated in the Chair of St. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Marozia has received more than 574,679 page views. Her biography is available in 33 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 32 in 2019). Marozia is the 1,708th most popular politician (up from 1,796th in 2019), the 637th most popular biography from Italy (up from 663rd in 2019) and the 110th most popular Italian Politician.

Marozia was the mother of Pope John XI and the mistress of Pope Sergius III. She was most famous for her incestuous relationship with her son and her involvement in the murders of Pope John X and Pope Benedict VI.

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Among politicians, Marozia ranks 1,708 out of 19,576Before her are Tedros Adhanom, Theresa May, Afonso III of Portugal, Arthur Balfour, Bernhard von Bülow, and Libius Severus. After her are Prince Maximilian of Baden, Munjong of Joseon, Sebastián Piñera, Niels, King of Denmark, Lazare Carnot, and Maria Josepha of Austria.

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Among people born in 890, Marozia ranks 3Before her are Pope Anastasius III, and Olga of Kiev. After her are Rudolph of France, Chernorizets Hrabar, Alfonso IV of León, Ulrich of Augsburg, Drahomíra, Christopher Lekapenos, Mardavij, and Gilbert, Duke of Lorraine. Among people deceased in 937, Marozia ranks 1After her are Rudolph II of Burgundy, and Arnulf, Duke of Bavaria.

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Among people born in Italy, Marozia ranks 637 out of 5,161Before her are Lazzaro Spallanzani (1729), Tancred, Prince of Galilee (1072), Silvana Mangano (1930), Giuliano de' Medici, Duke of Nemours (1479), Pope Boniface II (470), and Libius Severus (420). After her are Benozzo Gozzoli (1420), Vittorio Gassman (1922), Giorgio Agamben (1942), Giacomo Barozzi da Vignola (1507), Luca Signorelli (1450), and Ferdinando I de' Medici, Grand Duke of Tuscany (1549).


Among politicians born in Italy, Marozia ranks 110Before her are Andrew III of Hungary (1265), Vittorio Emanuele Orlando (1860), Kurt Schuschnigg (1897), Tancred, Prince of Galilee (1072), Giuliano de' Medici, Duke of Nemours (1479), and Libius Severus (420). After her are Charles Emmanuel III of Sardinia (1701), Galeazzo Ciano (1903), Desiderius (710), Catherine Cornaro (1454), Ferdinand II of the Two Sicilies (1810), and Henry of Germany (1211).