Pope Urban II

1042 - 1099

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Pope Urban II (Latin: Urbanus II; c. 1035 – 29 July 1099), otherwise known as Odo of Châtillon or Otho de Lagery, was the head of the Catholic Church and ruler of the Papal States from 12 March 1088 to his death. He is best known for initiating the Crusades.Pope Urban was a native of France, and was a descendant of a noble family from the French commune of Châtillon-sur-Marne. Reims was the nearby cathedral school where he began his studies in 1050.Before his papacy, Urban was the grand prior of Cluny and bishop of Ostia. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Pope Urban II has received more than 1,222,479 page views. His biography is available in 80 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 77 in 2019). Pope Urban II is the 59th most popular religious figure (up from 81st in 2019), the 78th most popular biography from France (up from 89th in 2019) and the 2nd most popular French Religious Figure.

Pope Urban II is most famous for his speech at the Council of Clermont in 1095, which led to the First Crusade.

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Among religious figures, Pope Urban II ranks 59 out of 2,272Before him are Jerome, Saint Stephen, Saint Anne, Pope Julius II, Muhammad al-Bukhari, and Ruhollah Khomeini. After him are Pope Pius XI, Hildegard of Bingen, Pope Pius IX, Samson, Saint Barbara, and Abu Hanifa.

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Among people born in 1042, Pope Urban II ranks 1After him are Sancho Ramírez, García II of Galicia, and Magnus, Duke of Saxony. Among people deceased in 1099, Pope Urban II ranks 1After him are El Cid, Donald III of Scotland, Peter Bartholomew, Qutalmish, and Tatikios.

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Among people born in France, Pope Urban II ranks 78 out of 5,234Before him are Francis I of France (1494), Roman Polanski (1933), Caracalla (188), Romain Rolland (1866), Henry III of France (1551), and Marquis de Sade (1740). After him are Guy de Maupassant (1850), Octave Mirbeau (1848), Maximilien Robespierre (1758), Henry II of France (1519), Pierre-Simon Laplace (1749), and François Rabelais (1494).


Among religious figures born in France, Pope Urban II ranks 2Before him are John Calvin (1509). After him are Bernard of Clairvaux (1090), Pope Clement V (1264), Saint Sebastian (300), Pope John XXII (1244), Pope Gregory XI (1370), Bernadette Soubirous (1844), Pope Clement VI (1291), Pope Urban V (1310), Pope Urban VI (1318), and Thérèse of Lisieux (1873).