Pope Boniface VIII

1235 - 1303

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Pope Boniface VIII (Latin: Bonifatius PP. VIII; born Benedetto Caetani, c. 1230 – 11 October 1303) was the head of the Catholic Church and ruler of the Papal States from 24 December 1294 to his death in 1303. The Caetani family was of baronial origin, with connections to the papacy. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Pope Boniface VIII has received more than 1,195,696 page views. His biography is available in 69 different languages on Wikipedia. Pope Boniface VIII is the 94th most popular religious figure (up from 105th in 2019), the 111th most popular biography from Italy (up from 123rd in 2019) and the 24th most popular Italian Religious Figure.

Pope Boniface VIII is most famous for his role in the Investiture Controversy.

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Among religious figures, Pope Boniface VIII ranks 94 out of 2,272Before him are Bernard of Clairvaux, Pope Leo X, Girolamo Savonarola, Salome, Mark the Evangelist, and Saint Lucy. After him are Hasan ibn Ali, Elisha, Methuselah, Pope Pius II, Teresa of Ávila, and Pope Pius III.

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Among people born in 1235, Pope Boniface VIII ranks 1After him are Mengu-Timur, Yolanda of Poland, Drogön Chögyal Phagpa, Henry XIII, Duke of Bavaria, Hugh III of Cyprus, Jacob van Maerlant, and Hayton of Corycus. Among people deceased in 1303, Pope Boniface VIII ranks 1After him are Ivo of Kermartin, Daniel of Moscow, Elizabeth of Sicily, Queen of Hungary, Kayqubad III, Ivan Asen III of Bulgaria, Beatrice of Castile, and Rani Padmini.

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Among people born in Italy, Pope Boniface VIII ranks 111 out of 4,088Before him are Enrico Fermi (1901), Sulla (-138), Pope Leo X (1475), Girolamo Savonarola (1452), Michael Collins (1930), and Saint Lucy (283). After him are Claudio Monteverdi (1567), Antonio Gramsci (1891), Terence Hill (1939), Pope Pius II (1405), Pope Pius III (1439), and Gaius Marius (-157).


Among religious figures born in Italy, Pope Boniface VIII ranks 24Before him are Pope Pius X (1835), Pope Paul III (1468), Pope Benedict XV (1854), Pope Leo X (1475), Girolamo Savonarola (1452), and Saint Lucy (283). After him are Pope Pius II (1405), Pope Pius III (1439), Pope Pius VII (1742), Pope Gregory XVI (1765), Pope Clement I (40), and Pope Urban VIII (1568).