Pope Adrian IV

1100 - 1159

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Pope Adrian IV (Latin: Adrianus IV; born Nicholas Breakspear (or Brekespear); c. 1100 – 1 September 1159, also Hadrian IV), was head of the Catholic Church and ruler of the Papal States from 4 December 1154 to his death in 1159. He is the only Englishman to have been pope. Adrian was born in Hertfordshire, England, but little is known of his early life. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Pope Adrian IV has received more than 606,553 page views. His biography is available in 69 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 68 in 2019). Pope Adrian IV is the 632nd most popular religious figure (up from 642nd in 2019), the 544th most popular biography from United Kingdom (up from 566th in 2019) and the 9th most popular British Religious Figure.

Pope Adrian IV is most famous for being the first pope to grant England its independence from the Catholic Church.

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Among religious figures, Pope Adrian IV ranks 632 out of 2,272Before him are Julia of Corsica, Anna the Prophetess, John of God, Jean-Baptiste de La Salle, Macarius of Egypt, and Pope Leo V. After him are Ali al-Hadi, Truganini, Ja'far ibn Abi Talib, Angelo Sodano, Adalbert of Prague, and Aloysius Stepinac.

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Among people born in 1100, Pope Adrian IV ranks 9Before him are Pope Alexander III, Pope Innocent II, Pope Honorius II, Pope Lucius II, Pope Celestine II, and Albert the Bear. After him are Inge the Elder, Sverker I of Sweden, Emperor Qinzong, Najm ad-Din Ayyub, Inge the Younger, and Shirkuh. Among people deceased in 1159, Pope Adrian IV ranks 1After him are Joscelin II, Count of Edessa, Władysław II the Exile, Bertha of Sulzbach, Agnes of Aquitaine, Queen of Aragon, and William I, Count of Boulogne.

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Among people born in United Kingdom, Pope Adrian IV ranks 544 out of 6,924Before him are John Bunyan (1628), Charles Laughton (1899), Richard Branson (1950), Thomas Chippendale (1718), John Wallis (1616), and Charles Dance (1946). After him are Marie of Romania (1875), John Edward Gray (1800), Harthacnut I of Denmark (880), Richard of Shrewsbury, Duke of York (1473), J. L. Austin (1911), and E. H. Carr (1892).

Among RELIGIOUS FIGURES In United Kingdom

Among religious figures born in United Kingdom, Pope Adrian IV ranks 9Before him are Saint Walpurga (710), John Wesley (1703), Thomas Becket (1119), John Knox (1514), William Laud (1573), and Saint Boniface (680). After him are John Henry Newman (1801), Saint Malachy (1094), William Tyndale (1494), Thomas Wolsey (1473), Willibrord (658), and Charles Spurgeon (1834).