Antipope Constantine II Dies After Horrific Treatment and Excommunication Hot

Antipope Constantine II Dies After Horrific Treatment and Excommunication

Pope Stephen III

Antipope Constantine II dies after being blinded, tortured, beaten, having his tongue torn out, and excommunicated, all on orders from the Lateran Council convoked by Pope Stephen III.

Constantine had been made pope the previous year because his brother Toto used armed force to make it happen. Toto had been too strong to fight openly, but eventually his opponents were able to rally a Lombard army to attack Rome.

Toto was killed in the fighting and Constantine was imprisoned. Eventually he was tortured into confessing his crimes, and all his acts as "pope" were burned by the Lateran Council of 769, convoked by the recently elected Pope Stephen III.

Antipope Constantine II does have some supporters, but they are violently put down.

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