Pope Formosus

816 - 896

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Pope Formosus (c. 816 – 896) was the bishop of Rome and ruler of the Papal States whose pontificate lasted from 6 October 891 until his death on 4 April 896. His reign as pope was troubled, marked by interventions in power struggles over the Patriarchate of Constantinople, the Kingdom of West Francia, and the Holy Roman Empire. Because he sided with Arnulf of Carinthia against Lambert of Spoleto, Formosus's remains were exhumed and put on trial in the Cadaver Synod. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Pope Formosus has received more than 557,530 page views. His biography is available in 65 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 64 in 2019). Pope Formosus is the 139th most popular religious figure (down from 136th in 2019), the 174th most popular biography from Italy (down from 152nd in 2019) and the 50th most popular Italian Religious Figure.

Pope Formosus is most famous for being the first pope to be tried and convicted of high treason.

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Among religious figures, Pope Formosus ranks 139 out of 2,272Before him are Pope Leo I, Pope Gregory XII, Pope Sixtus V, Pope Clement XII, Pope Gregory XI, and Pope Innocent X. After him are Pope Pius IV, Pope Gregory XV, Zechariah, Bernadette Soubirous, Pope Clement VI, and Pope Paul IV.

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Among people born in 816, Pope Formosus ranks 1After him are Bardas and Joseph the Hymnographer. Among people deceased in 896, Pope Formosus ranks 1After him are Photios I of Constantinople, Pope Boniface VI, Hastein, Abu Hanifa Dinawari, Khumarawayh ibn Ahmad ibn Tulun, and Ermengard of Italy.

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Among people born in Italy, Pope Formosus ranks 174 out of 4,088Before him are Amedeo Avogadro (1776), Pope Sixtus V (1520), Giorgione (1478), Pope Clement XII (1652), Pope Innocent X (1574), and Catullus (-84). After him are Francis II, Holy Roman Emperor (1768), Pope Pius IV (1499), Giovanni Bellini (1430), Pope Gregory XV (1554), Vincenzo Bellini (1801), and Pliny the Younger (61).


Among religious figures born in Italy, Pope Formosus ranks 50Before him are Pope Paul V (1552), Pope Leo I (390), Pope Gregory XII (1335), Pope Sixtus V (1520), Pope Clement XII (1652), and Pope Innocent X (1574). After him are Pope Pius IV (1499), Pope Gregory XV (1554), Pope Paul IV (1476), Pope Martin V (1369), Pope Nicholas V (1397), and Rita of Cascia (1381).