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Death of Pope Clement V

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Pope Clement V dies. The first pope of the so-called "Babylonian Captivity," also known as the "Avignon Exile," Pope Clement V never even set foot in Rome — he spent all of his time in France.

At this point of history the popes and the general church structure are largely under the control of the French monarchy and French interests.

Pope Clement V even went so far as to write a papal bull praising King Philip of France for this fervor and hostility towards Pope Boniface VIII due to the latter's unfavorable actions towards France. It is also believed that Clement's actions against the Knights Templar would not have occurred without pressure from Philip.

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